THIS AND THAT –
A few thoughts about the news last week:
The Lima Police Department made the correct decision in quickly releasing dashboard cam video from the cruiser involved in the police chase that killed a person. The Lima News made the request after questions were starting to be raised in the community about the necessity of the chase and if racial issues were somehow a factor. The video immediately cleared up the speculation, showing it was a routine stop and the driver of the van sped away from officer Aaron Montgomery. The cruiser was safely in pursuit, blocks away, when the fatal accident occurred just 13 seconds later.
What the incident also clearly shows is why it is in the public’s best interest for cruiser cam video to be an open record. Such videos depict routine police work that will not harm an investigation, but can needlessly delay information in which the public has a right to know. Information from a video is “what it is.” Currently, a ruling by the 12th District Court of Appeals allows police to sit on video as part of its “investigatory files.” The ruling is effective only within that district, but the fear is that it will provide police a precedent to say “no” when videos cast them or someone powerful in a bad light.
… On Spartan Stadium: It’s not surprising the decision to change the name of Lima Stadium to Spartan Stadium upset some folks. The historic facility proudly wore the Lima Stadium moniker for nearly 80 years and held so many great memories for people in this community. But it has been basically demolished and rebuilt, so there’s no argument here in celebrating the “new era” by renaming the facility. What I found surprising, though, was how some Lima school officials and fans turned the decision into a bashing of Lima Central Catholic High School, which also uses the facility.
… Auto sales: Even when people can buy new cars cheaper, they still tend to pay more. The July auto sales figures showed great deals in the small and midsize car market, including a Ford Fusion sedan for $1,000 less than a year ago. Yet, buyers were still paying $800 more a vehicle than last year because they’re loading up on all the nifty options now available on vehicles.
… High times: Maybe this is taking the agricultural aspect of county fairs a little too far, or should we say, “far out.” In Colorado where it is legal to buy marijuana, the Denver County Fair included a 21-and-over “Pot Pavilion” where entries for plants and edible treats were awarded blue ribbons.
… GOP Part I: Here’s one concern of Ohio Republicans: There’s not a Republican who could beat Hillary Clinton in Ohio if the presidential race were held today, not even current Gov. John Kasich. That’s according to the most recent Quinnipiac Poll, which is highly regarded in political circles.
… GOP Part II: Here’s another concern of one Ohio Republican. State Rep. Bill Patmon plans to introduce legislation in the next two weeks to create a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of LeBron James.
My question: Would LeBron get royalties from the license plate sales? We all know he could use the extra pocket change.
ROSES AND THORNS: A “giving group” finds their way into the rose garden.
Rose: To the Lima Building and Construction Trade partners, which raised $59,200 at the annual Husky Golf Outing held July 26. More than $114,000 was brought in during the fundraiser, which uses the money to support various nonprofit organizations.
Rose: The Salvation Army concluded its Christmas in July kettle campaign by raising $12,413. All funds will be used to assist Allen County residents.
Rose: The Lima Procter & Gamble facility donated backpacks filled with health and beauty products to 92 children involved with the Kindergarten Camp program.
Rose: To the Rev. Thomas Eisenman, of Lima, who is in his 64th year in the ministry, the last 24 with the United Church of Christ in Kenton.
Thorn: For the second time in three years, Pastor Ron Fails of Grace Church World Wide Ministries has been arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute.
PARTING SHOT: A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.