Letters: Les Wexner’s backroom power plays have led to 'weak, chaotic' Ohio State board
We were lucky to have Kristina Johnson
Re ""Power Struggle?" Feb. 16: I am writing in response to the recent coverage on Ohio State University’s President Kristina Johnson’s resignation and the powers that forced her out.
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Les Wexner’s backroom power plays have led to a weak and chaotic board, evidenced by this entire display.
Johnson is a class act, and we were lucky to have such a brilliant leader with strong convictions. Ohio will lose in the end our standing in the country by allowing politics and power grabs to interfere with the university and Ohio's ability to stay relevant and face the challenges of the 21st century.
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I have had the honor to hear Johnson speak and will forever remember how impressive she is with her brilliant intellect, her accomplishments, her passion and compassion.
She will be missed.
Another example of old men clinging to old ideas, causing damage all around.
Rebecca Ibel, Columbus
Ukraine deserves our support
Ukraine’s fight is America’s fight.
We should celebrate and honor the courage and resilience of Ukraine’s people and its military in resisting Russian expansionism. Russia has committed almost all its ground forces to the fight in Ukraine and has suffered tremendous losses that will take decades to replace.
While this degradation of Russia’s military capability has come at a great and tragic cost for Ukraine it has increased the security of Europe and, thus also, America.
Sadly, support for Ukraine in the U.S. is declining, largely along partisan lines – due, partly, to the Vladimir Putin apologists at Fox and other right-wing media that a third of our nation prefers.
While there are real reasons for concern about the cost of the war in terms of casualties and funding, abandoning Ukraine now would ensure a Russian victory —and justify Putin’s near-destruction of Russia’s army, and embolden authoritarians here and abroad. Our huge defense budget is spent in many ways.
But if Ukraine’s fight is truly our fight — and it is — it’s hard to believe that there’s a more effective use of some of those funds than supporting Ukraine’s courageous effort to stop Russian expansionism and authoritarianism in Europe.
Ursula Hays, Strongsville
I was intrigued by Susan Sabo's Feb. 22 letter "The Gold Ruled". She wrote: "...the law-and-order Christians" got her."
You know Nero blamed everything bad that happened in Rome on the Christians. That seems to be in vogue today.
Charlie M. Miller, West Jefferson
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Wealth does not equal good judgement
I whole heartedly agree with Michael Arace's Feb. 19 column, "Ohio State Should Be Grateful for Strong Leaders," especially his concluding observation about Dr. Kristina Johnson's departure: "and good luck finding anyone like her."
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He could not have said that better. Thanks to a clique of very wealthy and very egotistical members of the OSU Board of Trustees, Ohio State will not attract any top higher education leadership talent like Johnson or Michael Drake for a generation.
The actions of these trustees demonstrate profoundly that great wealth, common sense, and good judgment do NOT go hand-in-hand.
Paul Burnam, Westerville
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: Kristina Johnson, Les Wexner saga shows wealth doesn't equal judgement