To the Editor —
I enjoyed Mark Naymik’s column “The people choose to ignore council” from the 7/10 paper.
H.L. Mencken once quipped “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” Maybe the voters of Cuyahoga County, strangely, want corruption and bad governance?
It might take the Browns leaving Cleveland again for voters, who’ve been pretty reliable for corrupt/inept Democrats, to wake up. The last Republican President, for example, to win Cuyahoga County was Richard Nixon in 1972.
Perhaps the Nixon vote is telling. Maybe Cuyahoga County prefers political corruption more than we thought? Can reason save Cleveland? The City Council sure did a good job of ignoring Drew Carey’s helpful proposals.
-Jim Swift, Alexandria, VA