Former resident questions Trumbull voters’ motives

Former resident questions Trumbull voters’ motives


Trumbull County: You’ve disappointed me. Not all of you, but many still. As a former Girard resident for 25 years, I was taken aback by your apparent shift toward the Republican Party in last Tuesday’s election. As I looked at a national map of county voting trends (not overall results), I was surprised by what I saw. Trumbull — heavily populated with industrious, blue collar, and unionized workers — voted less progressively than nearly 90 percent of the country. For example, every county in Utah voted for the Democratic candidate in greater proportions than in 2004. Not a single county in this very red state voted for McCain in equal or greater numbers than they did for Bush. But you? Rust belt, struggling, working class Trumbull County? You shifted red and toward economic policies that conflict with who you are. (In 2004, John Kerry got 61.6 percent of the Trumbull County vote; Barack Obama got 59.59 percent last week — Ed.)

This amazed me, so I decided to reflect on how this could have happened.

Then, after recalling the bigotry and hate found in many of the e-mails I received from some of your residents over the past couple months, I realized something troubling about my former home. Too many of you ignored your community’s interests and working class values, not because you became more conservative since 2004, but because of intolerance. You voted with the party that promotes a self-regulating market, rather than with the party that wants to protect American industries, because you thought Obama was a Muslim. Many of you voted against the candidate who wants to stop companies like GM from shipping jobs overseas, because you didn’t believe he was an American.

Now, before you write this off as blindly partisan, read about the new GM plant in Russia that will build the Chevrolet Cruze. Next, read about the 1,100 Lordstown workers who were told that they’re losing their jobs, just in time for the holidays. Trumbull County, you shifted toward the party whose policies caused this. And I truly believe it was for the wrong reasons. If I’m right, you should be disappointed too.

Luckily, most of the country shifted blue. These new Democratic voters focused on the issues and elected the change candidate. They took five minutes to uncover the well-documented truths about the racist and intolerant smears that some of you spread and were able to think with a clear head about what was truly at stake in this historic election. Because they did this, these lost jobs may someday return.

Those of you I am criticizing in this letter have proven that you prefer to pick and choose what you will believe. Well, believe this: your ignorance could have further threatened your already vulnerable livelihoods, your local economy, and the spirit of what makes you who you are. Hopefully, the next time you go to the polls, you’ll make an educated choice to protect yourself, your neighbors, and your community — rather than one based on fear and intolerance.


Winston-Salem, N.C.

Where’s the justice?


Does justice apply to everyone in Youngstown, or just some? 18-year-old Michael Davis purposely set fire to a home in January, killing six people — that’s three generations. The mom, daughter and four grandchildren.

The living children and siblings can only visit their mother, sister, nieces and nephew at their grave site. Michael’s mom and siblings can visit him in jail. And the state will pay for him until his death. He gets to live.

Regarding, Bennie Adams, I do not uphold what he has done. He’s wrong, just as Davis was wrong. But I am confused. If you kill six people you live. If you kill one person you die, What’s fair about that?

Davis committed the largest mass murder in Youngstown, but still he lives. What’s fair about that? They both put no value on their victims’ lives, so why should they have a value on theirs?