Summit County Republicans, Representative Democracy, COVID Vaccine

Party chairman creates confusion

The endorsement of Kim Hoover in the May primary by the Chairman of the Summit County Republican Party was most regrettable. Numerous flyers and documents suggested the Republican Party was supporting someone against outgoing Republican incumbent Lisa Coates. Stow Coates Municipal Judge has been a loyal Republican for many years.

Confusion caused by the party chairman’s endorsement has created a wedge between committed Republicans and the Summit County Party. It has now become apparent that the party chairman failed to exercise due diligence in checking Hoover (“Judge Stow charged with unlawful sanctions”, December 8).

Hoover’s alleged tactics to collect fines and court costs are disgusting. It’s hard enough trying to get young citizens to join the Republican Party without the party chairman making such endorsements. I suggest that Bryan C. Williams do the honorable thing and step down as president.

Edward Davidian, Stow

Cherish a representative democracy

We have all heard the expression “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

When our founders, who represented 13 colonies that became 13 states, drafted and signed the Constitution, they formed a government which can best be described by the following 13 words: “A constitutional republic whose constitution is based on the principles of representative democracy ”. The 12th word in this chain, “representative,” is currently the weakest link in the chain.

Voters are expected to choose their representatives, but due to excessive gerrymandering the reverse is much more common.

Although the two parties are complicit, more and more Democrats live in urban areas and therefore become easier targets to victimize. Due to geography such as rivers, mountains, and state borders, some gerrymandering is inevitable, but most districts should be fairly round or square.

I support the Electoral College which tends to favor Republicans in presidential elections by a few percentage points. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s rigged, but to imply that the opposite is true because of fraud without proof is sheer madness.

The three strongest links that define our form of government are the words constitution, republic and democracy. To deduce that one of these words is in some way incompatible with the other two borders on betrayal.

I really wish we didn’t have so many reps who fear the wrath of a former reality TV host who has all the charm of a carnival barker so much that they agree with his twisted definition of the patriotism. We don’t need a January 6th replay by any party!

Michael J. Walzer, Akron

“Personal choice” can affect others

It is difficult to understand at this point in the COVID pandemic how the decision to be protected from the potentially disastrous effects of a highly contagious virus could possibly be personal. The consequences of not immunizing have been evident to all of us for over a year: overwhelmed doctors and nurses; spread of infection to the most vulnerable; asymptomatic carriers involuntarily exposing others; And the dead.

It would be wonderful if those who view vaccines as a personal choice followed this decision with the personal responsibility of not traveling, taking unnecessary trips, and / or not wearing a mask. The effects of personal choice have far-reaching consequences that are anything but personal.

Kelly Urbano, Akron

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Opinion: Remembering When Bryan Williams Endorsed Kim Hoover in Stow

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