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OP-ED from Ohio State Senator Sandra O’Brien
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About Brent Larkin
A few weeks ago while attending a political event, I ran into an old friend. She asked me if I knew Brent Larkin, former Executive Editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Yes, I knew him. Not very well mind you, but I did have contact with him when I was the Ashtabula County Auditor. I also sat before him several times at candidate endorsement interviews. For those of you under 40, this used to be a big thing. Back when people read newspapers, candidates would sit in front of editorial boards and hope their answers would lead to the newspaper’s endorsement–very 1990’s. But I digress.
So I asked my friend, “What about Mr. Larkin?” She asked, “Hadn’t I read his column last Sunday? He laid a hateful diatribe on Congressman Jim Jordan.” I told her, “No, I hadn’t seen it. I dropped my subscription to the Plain Dealer the same time I dropped my telephone landline. And for the same reason.” I told her to send me a copy, which she did. In the margin of the article my friend had written two questions: How could the Plain Dealer publish this stuff? and What happened to Brent Larkin? As I read Mr. Larkin’s column, I realized why my friend was so upset. The attack on Congressman Jordan was complete. You could almost see the spittle jumping off the page. Every flaw, both real and imaginary, was hurled at Mr. Jordan.
After reading the column I started to think about the two questions my friend asked. How could the Plain Dealer allow such a diatribe to be printed? I doubt that anyone at the Plain Dealer has the brass to tell Mr. Larkin that his time is up. Those running today’s Plain Dealer probably worked for Mr. Larkin back in the day. Who knows, he may have even hired them. No one wants to deliver the pink slip to Mr. Larkin, the living legend from the Plain Dealer’s halcyon days. There is also the financial aspect. The current condition of the paper probably precludes the hiring of a younger talent to take Mr. Larkin’s place. Why pay benefits and salary to someone new when Mr. Larkin can phone in an article on the cheap? Besides, Mr. Larkin can entertain the staff with the Plain Dealer’s past glory before it slowly slips into oblivion.
That leads to my friend’s second question: what happened to Mr. Larkin? Mr. Larkin is getting older. As some of us age, our fuse gets shorter. It takes less of a spark to light it. I recall how a late relative of mine would suddenly turn hostile at a family gathering if anyone had the audacity to say something less than positive about Richard Nixon. His sudden anger could clear out a room rather quickly. I see some of that anger in Mr. Larkin’s column.
The other thing that happened to Mr. Larkin is professional failure. When he took over in 1991, the Plain Dealer was a powerhouse. It could create, destroy, investigate and intimidate. It was judge, jury and executioner to anyone or anything in its sights. When Mr. Larkin left in 2009, the Plain Dealer was a shell of itself. While I’m sure technology has a role in the Plain Dealer’s demise, this happened on Mr. Larkin’s watch. It had to be difficult to live through the shrinking circulation, the layoffs, the shattered union, all occurring under Mr. Larkin’s leadership. Failure is a hard thing for any of us to live with. The captain of the Titanic only had to live with his failure for two hours before he went down with the ship. Mr. Larkin has to live with his every day as the Plain Dealer gets thinner and thinner.
Perhaps my friend was justified in being upset about Mr. Larkin’s column. She might want to temper her anger with a bit of pity as well.
State Senator Sandra O’Brien
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Trump leads Biden in six swing states with or without third parties: poll
Former President Donald Trump leads President Biden in six out of seven battleground states regardless of whether third-party candidates are included in the survey, according to a new poll.
The Republican presidential primary front-runner is up on the Democratic incumbent by between one and nine percentage points head-to-head in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and North Carolina, according to a Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll released Thursday.
In Michigan, Trump and Biden were tied on 43% apiece.
All of those states, with the exception of North Carolina, narrowly went to Biden, 80, in 2020.
The six states account for 78 electoral votes. In 2020, Trump, 77, lost the Electoral College to Biden, 306-232. A candidate must receive 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency.
In each state, the poll showed that independent candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West pulled voters away from supporting Trump or Biden in almost equal proportions.
In Georgia, Trump led Biden by nine points (43% to 34%) with the third-party candidates included and by seven points (48%-41%) without them. RFK Jr. receives 10% support in the Peach State, with West on 1%.
In Pennsylvania, Trump wins by three points in both a head-to head matchup (47% to 44%) and in a contest with West and Kennedy Jr. in the picture (Trump 41%, Biden 38%, Kennedy 8%, West 1%).
In Wisconsin, Trump wins by one point without the independents (47% to 46%) and by two points with them (Trump 38%, Biden 36%, Kennedy 13%, West 2%).
In Nevada, Trump wins by three points head-to-head (46% to 43%) and four points with third-party options presented (Trump 39%, Biden 35%, Kennedy 11%, West 1%).
In Arizona, Trump wins by four points in both scenarios; 46% to 42% head-to-head and 40% to 36% in a four-way fight with Kennedy getting 11% and West on 1%.
In North Carolina, Trump wins by nine points in both the head-to-head (48% to 39%) and four-way race (Trump 42%, Biden 33%, Kennedy 9%, West 2%).
Michigan, where 16 electoral college votes are at stake, is the only state where Biden comes out on top with Kennedy and West in the mix, the survey shows.
The incumbent beats the GOP favorite in the Great Lakes State by one percentage point (Biden 38%, Trump 37%, Kennedy 10%, West 2%).
The results track with polls released earlier this week by the New York Times/Siena College and Emerson College that show Biden failing to get the support he needs in the states where he needs it most.
The Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll was conducted online between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7. It surveyed 800 registered voters in Arizona, 803 in Georgia, 700 in Michigan, 437 in Nevada, 702 in North Carolina, 805 in Pennsylvania and 675 in Wisconsin.
The margin of errors in the respective polls were plus-or-minus three percentage points in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania; four percentage points in Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, and five percentage points in Nevada.
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Neighbor Announces Plans To Run Leafblower Non-Stop Forever
OMAHA, NE — Local neighbor Joe Sheaps has made a formal announcement revealing his plans to run his leafblower non-stop until the end of time.
Sheaps says his six-cylinder, turbo-prop, high-capacity, zero-muffler leafblower will remain on until the earth falls into the ever-burning seas of the sun or until trees stop dropping their goshdarn leaves.
"There's always leaves in the yard, so I'll always have my leafblower going in this eternal battle for a perfect yard," yelled the neighbor while deftly corralling a stray leaf into his 187th leaf pile of the year. "Yard looks good though, doesn't it?"
"And also, I shall commence at 6 AM."
Neighbors to the local neighbor expressed concern over their neighbor's plans to always be blowing leaves as he may send strays into their yards where they are constantly blowing leaves into piles using their own leafblowers.
At publishing time, Sheaps had also announced plans to keep the rake you loaned him until the earth is no longer orbiting around the sun.