The (Canton) Repository, June 17
Due to the city of Canton’s financial standing – a $5.1 million projected shortfall that required painful cuts to personnel – the annual Fourth of July celebration is in jeopardy.
The city can’t, and so the city won’t, pay for the $25,000 fireworks display that caps off the Monumental 4th celebration, or for the costs of entertainment, overtime for city workers and portable bathrooms.
Canton has been in this position before and will find itself in this position again. The city’s obligated to preserve the health and welfare of its residents by providing adequate police and fire protection and essential basic services. Its general fund cash position precludes it from doing even that, let alone fund a fireworks show and all the pomp that precedes it. The decision to eliminate the expense is justifiable; anyone using common sense would reach the same conclusion.
We’ll go as far to say that Canton should not spend any tax dollars on fireworks not only this year but also in years to come – at least not until it can staff its safety forces adequately without the looming threat of cuts…
Nevertheless, we hope enough individuals and businesses step up to preserve the event this year and years to come.
The Akron Beacon Journal, June 15
President Obama asked: “When does this stop?” He had Donald Trump in mind, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee having suggested, in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, that all Muslim immigrants pose a threat to American security…
Trump even made the outrageous suggestion that somehow the president sympathizes with the Islamic State, calling on the president to resign because “he doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands.”
A day later, the president responded sternly and with no small amount of frustration. He rightly described Trump as “dangerous.” Most important, he reminded that “we’ve gone through moments in our history before where we acted out of fear, and we came to regret it.”
Yes, we did. Go back just a decade or so to the excesses following the Sept. 11 attacks, fear driving the use of torture (at odds with treaties and laws), plus the overreach in surveillance, the country jeopardizing its values, diversity, tolerance, freedom. That, regrettably, is what Trump now appears to advocate…
… What the country should grasp after all these years is that our greatest asset is our values. Which Donald Trump doesn’t see if the words he has been uttering truly represent what he thinks.