When politics gets too personal

The buzz around town lately seems to be more of a buzz saw. In Huron, a councilman's objection to a noisy party in his neighb
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The buzz around town lately seems to be more of a buzz saw.

In Huron, a councilman's objection to a noisy party in his neighborhood brought out accusations of abuse of his "power." Huron police were fired up about Sam Artino's complaint because Artino intimated the police were not doing their job as he saw fit. The partying neighbors, who admitted to shooting off fireworks, are aggravated that he can't be more tolerant of their annual party.

In Bellevue, a school board scrap has turned so ugly a former superintendent has been ordered to have no contact with two present board members. Their initial beef -- a differing philosophy about education.

In Sandusky, the Marina District has sharply divided groups -- some for development, some against development and some just against anything.

And we won't even go into the McClung-Dwelle smackdown in Perkins Township. It's gone on so long and is so much stronger on accusations than it is on facts it's become boring.

The reader comments on the Register Web indicate that we don't really like each other at all. On any given day, you can find racist rants, insults thrown back and forth over the Perkins Avenue border, the "have-nots" attacking the "haves," and general discontent taken to a malicious level.

If these were the only disputes in the area, it wouldn't be so bad. But every day, police are called to settle family disputes, neighborhood problems and road rage incidents.

Isn't it time we just give each other a little slack?

In times of enormous trouble, i.e. tornadoes, floods or other natural disasters or heart-wrenching accidents, you can count on people to come together to help each other. It's in better times when their nit-picking, self-serving sides show their ugly faces. Maybe it's time we appreciate we don't have life-changing disasters to deal with and lighten up on the complaints and attacks sullying our communities.