THIS AND THAT —
In just over two weeks we’ll have a better idea who the favorite is to become Lima’s next mayor.
That’s what the May 4 mayoral primary really is — a political poll — only this “poll” is being done with actual voters instead of “likely” or “registered” voters, increasing its level of accuracy. The top two of the four candidates seeking the office will advance to the November general election.
How important will it be to come out as the top vote-getter of the May primary?
It could be huge.
Elections are a lot like sporting events. It’s important to get off to a good start. You don’t want to begin 10 points down. Momentum can be a multiplier, turning 10-point leads into 15- to 20-point margins.
The May election results can also be used to set new strategies by the top two candidates.
There will be a huge battle to see who secures the votes that were cast for the eliminated candidates. Voter turnout also will be under the microscope.
Lack of respect: The situation last week involving a Lima teenager being tased by Lima police is one more example of how a potentially volatile situation could have easily been avoided.
The teens were playing their music loudly after midnight in the parking lot of the Taco Bell restaurant on Allentown Road, where one of them reportedly worked. It escalated into a tense situation when officers began ordering the music to be turned down. The teens then became belligerent, swearing at the officers.
Had the officers’ approach been different and had the juveniles not let loose with their profanities, the tasing could have been avoided.
First job: Jeff Tracy may not know Tim Missler, and Tim Missler may not know Jeff Tracy, but within days of each other, the two of them suggested the same idea.
They would like to see a story on people whose first job was a newspaper carrier.
For Tracy the thought came to him as he and friends were talking about their first jobs. The idea hit Missler following a conversation he had with an Elida man.
“You learned so many things as a youth delivering newspapers,” Tracy said. “You learned about customer service … how to handle money, to be a bookkeeper. You learned how to talk with people and how to do a good job.”
If you’re a former carrier, we’d love to hear your experiences. Include where your route was, how many customers you had, how old you were when you had your route, and how old you are now. Email it to email@example.com or mail it to my attention or drop it off at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807. Include your phone number in case we have questions (it won’t be published). The information you provide will be shared in a future column.
ROSES AND THORNS: A baseball lands in the rose garden.
Rose: To Brett Myers, a 2000 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He has been named the vice president of operations for the Louisville Bats, the Class AAA farm team of the Cincinnati Reds. Prior to that, he was in charge of the Reds’ and Cleveland Indians’ shared spring training complex.
Rose: To Norma and Leo Geise of Delphos. The parents of nine children will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday.
Rose: To Andy Johnson, owner of Westgate Entertainment Center. He used the time in which the business was shut down by the pandemic to turn the facility into more than a bowling alley, adding bumper cars and an expanded arcade.
Rose: To Barry Clark, CEO of Perry proTech. Years ago the business became more than a place that sold office equipment. It now offers cyber security and network services and is building a new facility on Commerce Parkway to house its 78 employees.
Rose: Getting back to normal, The Ohio State University-Lima campus intends to offer at let 75 percent of its classes in person by the falll semester.
Thorn: Reports of stolen vehicles in Lima continue to grow with four more being reported last week.
PARTING SHOT: Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.