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REGISTER VIEWPOINT: She's the loyal opposition

Commentary • Apr 21, 2010 at 12:32 AM

One thing Sandusky residents can count on is Sharon Johnson looking out for their best interests.

A frequent member of the audience at city commission meetings, Johnson is the person who scrutinizes commissioners' every word and delves into the small print of every proposal.

For those sure the commission has some hidden agenda and needs to be reined in before they somehow put city residents at risk of certain doom, Johnson is there to make sure that doesn't happen.

If city commissioners sometimes choose to take the path of least resistance and give a nod to a proposal without fully exploring its ramifications, Johnson is there to remind them of their duties.

It may seem Johnson and the city are at odds and the rest of us have to choose a side. But when all is said and done, both Johnson and the people she regularly takes to task have the same goal -- to make Sandusky as good as it can be.

Though Johnson may sometimes be a thorn in the city's side, she is asking questions that need to be asked. It was Johnson, after all, who never stopped asking about developer John Eymann's mysterious $100,000 deposit, and those inquiries eventually led to a major, and appropriate, shakeup of city government.

But just because she is always ready to express her concerns does not mean she's always right. The concerns she raised recently about the accuracy of a grant application were adequately answered by city officials. That is how the system is supposed to work and why commission meetings are open for public scrutiny.

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