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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  1. armywife on said:

    Love it! And as usual….will share it.

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