News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Metro RTA

Meaden & Moore

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Congress will hear the president, but first come the voices from home
Attendees at the Stark County Fair in Canton push for caution, allies and more information
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Politics plays out under the grand stand at the Stark County Fair
Courtesy of M.L. Schultze
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

President Obama is lobbying members of Congress for military intervention in Syria. But before they formally hear from him, members are hearing from constituents back in their districts. That includes the political bellwether Stark County. And at the county fair, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, “the people’s representatives” are hearing a lot of reservations.

LISTEN: Thoughts of Stark County on U.S. and Syria

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:53)


In front of the grand stand at the Stark County Fair, the horses – from bedecked ponies to majestic draft horses – compete. But under the grand stand at the Stark County Fair, politicians and political parties man their booths, and hear people out on topics ranging from health care to taxes.

Syria gained their attention this weekend, beginning with President Obama’s pleas that Congress authorize military strikes and his administration’s insistence that the Syrian government used sarin gas to kill some 1,400 people including hundreds of children.

The fact that it was sarin gas was especially chilling to Larry and Valerie Hertle.

“With gas, you don’t have any protection. It’s horrifying – gas – it’s inhumane.”

But still, they urged the administration to go slow. “We should hesitate and really deliberate before we get involved, and be very careful. And I’m fully in support of bringing Congress into the discussion and to have agreement with everybody there.”

The Hertles say finding foreign allies is as also key.

Do something, but what?
Across the Midway, Doris Harmon sits down for a pancake breakfast at the McKinley band boosters booth.

“I know that something has to be done, but right now, I don’t know – with the things going on here in the United States -- that this is a good time for that.

Opposite her at the table is Laura Harris. For her, there’s no ambivalence -- the war in Iraq is a lesson learned about intervention in the Middle East.

“We were fighting a war before that was no concern of ours. I think we need to stay home, take care of those at home and those abroad take care of abroad.”

But, while many hesitate over intervention, they also talk more of timing, of gathering more evidence and of finding more options – not of staying completely out of Syria’s fight.

Direct and indirect effects
That includes William Dunlap.

“I don’t’ think it can be ignored. You think in the long term that could affect us eventually and being the kind of country that we are, being a humane country, we want to reach out and help.”

But Dana Bilyeu says the U.S. should go slow.

I myself think they need to stay out of it for a while and find out exactly what’s going on. Because there’s going to be a lot of even innocent people getting hurt if the U.S. takes steps to intervene.

It’s messages like those that will be heading back to Washington next week with Ohio’s – and the nation’s -- congressional delegations.

 

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University