Founding Principles

I think about what it meant to be a lawyer, a mayor, a governor or president when I was a young man. It was a lofty goal because it required so much integrity. Now my sons equate those titles with someone who has to be watched and cannot be trusted. How did these things get bent so far the other way?

As our elected officials bend forward into microphones these last few weeks with answers like, “I don’t know.” Or “I wasn’t in on that.” Or “No one told me.” I began to understand all too well.

But I haven’t lost hope. I firmly believe that there are more “Buds” working as public servants than “Campbells” and if all of us who aspire to be like Bud can keep on keeping on, our actions and those of the people we inspire can affect change — a change that reaches beyond our communities and travels all the way to Capitol Hill. How’s that for dreaming big?

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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One comment on “Founding Principles

  1. Barb Burkholder on said:

    Love love love these articles. You are the Garrison Keillor of Ohio instead of Lake Wobegone. LOL! Your way of writing is heart rendering, warm and definitely fuzzy and informative. Tell that to your wife! A few of our seasoned staff were talking about one element missing from the younger generations – ethics and common sense. Love the Gen X & Y generations. Just don’t see a conscience with some of them. Kinda scary….

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