Letters: There's an obvious reason Mike DeWine fearful of Nan Whaley debate

Sep 22, 2022; Delaware, Ohio, USA; Chris Page, right, speaks with race officials and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after his win of the 77th Little Brown Jug harness race on Thursday at Delaware County Fairgrounds. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Scheller-The Columbus Dispatch
Sep 22, 2022; Delaware, Ohio, USA; Chris Page, right, speaks with race officials and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after his win of the 77th Little Brown Jug harness race on Thursday at Delaware County Fairgrounds. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Scheller-The Columbus Dispatch

Mike DeWine 'does not want his extremism questioned'

The Ohio Debate Commission has canceled the Ohio gubernatorial debate because Mike DeWine has refused to debate his challenger Nan Whaley. In a democracy, voters need to hear from the candidates in order to make informed choices at the ballot box.

More:Mike DeWine, Nan Whaley should give Ohioans what they want, a debate | Opinion

DeWine is establishing a pattern of contempt for the Ohio voter. In 2015, 71% of Ohioans voted for a constitutional amendment that changes how legislative districts are drawn.

The governor served on the redistricting committee. Multiple maps were submitted, and all were struck down by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

DeWine has made the calculation that undemocratic tools are needed to maintain power. He does not want his extremism questioned in a debate or challenged by fair districting.

Ohioans are not extremists.

Let's send a message in November that this is not acceptable.

Kelly Vaziri, New Albany

A taste was not enough for DeWine

In his recent column, Sept. 13, Theodore Decker suggests that Gov. DeWine "could have shown some guts" in responding to Trump's endorsement of his candidacy, and said he wanted no part of the lies and election denial Trump continues to proclaim, instead of thanking Trump for that endorsement.

That got me to thinking about what I remember DeWine saying when he was elected, that he had wanted this position for a long time, and he was grateful to be governor of Ohio now.

He said that he wanted to be governor for all Ohioans, and thus would govern in such a way as to resist partisan political pressures and do what is best for Ohio.

More:How Mike DeWine should have handled Donald Trump's endorsement | Theodore Decker

That lasted for a short while, and then the toxic partisanship in his party overcame his good intentions, and he has governed in a very partisan way, not for all Ohioans but for Republicans.

Power is just so seductive, I guess, that its pull is irresistible to anyone who gets a taste of it.

Mary Costello, Athens

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Join the Big Table

John Bridgeland's Sept. 23 column, "Don't back those who undermine democracy," was an inspiration to those who want a functioning democracy.

Bridgeland encouraged Americans to work together for solutions to the multitude of problems we face at the local, national and world levels. (I'm sorry he couldn’t convince his former boss Rob Portman to heed his advice during his final term in the Senate.)

Participants in "We the People: January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action," hold a vigil for democracy last January.
Participants in "We the People: January 6th Day of Remembrance and Action," hold a vigil for democracy last January.

Now it is time for the citizens to examine the part they can play to bring the country together. A wonderful opportunity for that is available on Oct 6. The Columbus Foundation's Big Table event takes place that day. Everyone can take part in a local community discussion of topics of their choice.

More:Bridgeland: J.D. Vance, others advance myth election was rigged. Vote country over party

You may want to tackle cars with loud mufflers racing on the streets and freeways of Columbus or Russia's war against Ukraine. Or any subjects in between. Then list action plans that you can take as a group or individually. Follow up on those plans! Don't leave it to others.

After the Big Table, look closely at the candidates for each office on the ballot Nov 8.

Check the records of the incumbent candidate, look at the opponent's history and accomplishments. Do not watch the ads. Decide which individual is best equipped to help you carry out the actions you planned at the Table.

Verify your registration at voterlookup.ohiosos.gov or be sure you register to vote by Oct 11. Then vote.

How many times have you heard, If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem? Which are you?

Catherine Logsdon, Columbus

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: Voters need Mike DeWine to debate against Nan Whaley