In My Ohio

​On Our Reactions to each Bad Scene

Darren C. Demaree
​Ohio had a bad week this week. Between the senseless violence in Cincinnati, the questionable judgment of our Attorney General to mark government money for a religious origination, the five car accidents I passed this week, and the students I had to have removed from my college for a fight over a cell phone contract, it was pretty rough. Hell, even our greatest opiate, the Ohio State football team suspended four important players due to academic and drug infractions. Nobody did well this week in Ohio.
We reacted well to things though, and though the weight of the initial wrongs will still be with us for some time, I was very proud of how quickly, how righteously we all reacted to each scene. What went wrong in Missouri, in Cleveland, and other places was the reaction. Something terrible happens and that something terrible ends up being compounded by indecision and faulty conclusions. This week, though nothing was working smoothly, there were a lot of big moments handled well.
The officer who shot and killed an innocent person in their car has already been charged with the murder. Without pause or an attempt to hedge or obfuscate in the investigation he was charged quickly for his crime, and the sounds that echoed in that court room were cheers. There is still a great sadness that surrounds the event, and many, many questions, but those in power have digested the event correctly.
As soon as the Attorney General’s attempt to cartwheel over some obvious separation issues by granting a large amount of money to a religious organization that offered sports programs to local children, the Ohio chapter of the ACLU was all over him. I applaud the efforts of the Attorney General to help our inner-city youth, and I applaud the ACLU even more for keeping any ulterior political motives at bay in regards to our children.
The accidents, even the one I witnessed first-hand, were all reacted to with great speed and care. The fire department was incredible. They were agile, talented, and able to come quickly with great relief to some people that were in bad shape. Not one of those accidents resulted in a fatality, and at least one of them involved two ambulances arriving shortly after the fire trucks.
The Ohio State football players that were caught breaking academic and drug rules were immediately punished, and now find themselves suspended for the first game of the season. Instead of hiding the infractions or holding them out of practices but not games, Coach Urban Meyer punished them appropriately.
I expect the police to protect us without causing us needless harm. I expect our Attorney General to behave within the boundaries of our separation of church and state. I assume that the dedicated heroes of our local responder units will save many more lives than they lose. I never expected a big time college football coach to behave like a rational human being. That one stunned me.
I assume we won’t have a week like that again for a while, but if we do, if things go horribly off base again, I feel confident that we will handle things well again. Really, as a state, we were due to hone these skills eventually, and if Urban Meyer can behave like something other than an irrational, chesty zealot, any one of us can break away to do something good in the next week.