About The Findlay Democrat

The Findlay Democrat is a blog set up to discuss the issues facing our community in Findlay, Ohio and Hancock County, from a Democrat’s point of view. I chose the name “The Findlay Democrat” for two reasons. The first reason is that I often have the feeling that I am the only Democrat in Findlay and second it is meant to be a play on the name of our local newspaper “The (Republican) Courier”.

While I welcome submissions of posts and comments from all quarters, this blog is intended for my own personal expression. The views expressed on this blog (unless otherwise noted) are solely my own.

It is my hope that you will join me in a lively discussion of local, state and national politics and policy, on the Findlay Democrat.

Jeff Detmer
Editor: The Findlay Democrat

Send your submissions to jeffdets@hotmail.com

8 Responses to About The Findlay Democrat

  1. DON ILIFF says:

    Residents of Hancock County should look at community power from the elitist position to explain how community decisions are made and implemented in the City of Findlay and Hancock County. Hunter’s research study identified the most influential people and extended his findings into assumptions of community power positions. The following assumptions are drawn from the work of Hunter. These assumptions should look familiar to us County and City residents.

    1. Policies that vitally affect community life appear suddenly, with the majority of citizens not knowing by whom they are sponsored.

    2. Some community actions appear manipulated to the advantage of a privileged few.

    3. In many instances, community actions appear not to square with democratic principles of decision making.

    4. This City and County’s concept of democracy is in danger of losing its hold on citizens if the lines of communication between citizens and those who mold the development of communities are not broadened and strengthened.

    5. Differences between leaders and other people lie in the fact that within the community there exist informal social groupings that possess the power to give definite functions over to certain persons and not to others.

    Hunter contended that in a power structure relatively few individuals at the top interacted informally on matters of personal and public interest. Dominating the group was business, CEOs of the major corporations located in the area, and leaders of its economic institutions.

    In this elite power structure there is no one leader who leads all of the time. The leadership persons depend on the policy issue and on a member’s interest. For example a policy or interest of building a new community stadium, hospital, university, or highway system, other members of the community elite supports the project.

    In summary, major policy decisions are informally made by the elite, and government becomes the implementer rather than the policymaker. Hancock County and the City of Findlay residents are victims of the elitist power position. Attempts to create a conservatory district and Greater Findlay Inc. are just two examples of elitist power that Hancock County and City of Findlay residents are currently experiencing.

  2. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your site. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an email if interested. Regards!

  3. Molly Marie says:

    where is the Democratic office down town? I can’t find it and want to get some reading material. Do you have the NO on issue 2 info?

  4. Cody Riggin says:

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your site? My blog is in the very same niche as yours and my users would certainly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many thanks!

  5. Frank Beier says:

    Jeff,

    What is your take on converting the City of Findlay into a Charter City? I have heard well founded rumors there are some on city council whom favor an Charter City. I am also very perplexed by the city leaders favoring a left-leaning position with Sustainability and their attacks on the Friends of Findlay. Do you have any insight to offer on these topics?

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