Cover Photo, of the Stark County, Ohio Courthouse Bell Tower, by Anthony McCune.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Our Facebook Page Is Apolitical


The mission of Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., since the publication was founded in January, 2008, is to provide "new media" coverage of our community

A pioneer in community blogging, we inform, educate, influence and inspire. We serve as a vehicle to promote Stark County, quality of life and economic development, as a great place to live, an enjoyable place to visit and a productive place to do business.

This is our mission, plain and simple.

The emergence of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, both impacting Stark County, have necessitated expansion, of our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page, to serve as a curator of news.

Our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page is apolitical.

Supporters of Donald Trump have asked "Why are we seeing politics on this page" and said "this page is not supposed to be political".

Serving as President of the United States is a JOB, which comes with power and responsibilities. It is not, as some people wish to portray it, a political position, where all manner of words and actions are related to politics; with the primary objectives to win re-election and accomplish the goals of the party in power.

Our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page has not, does not and will not post political content concerning the presidency of Donald Trump.

We have, we do and we will post about Donald Trump in relation to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter response to George Floyd's murder.

These issues do have political components, as anything and everything which involves legislation does, but neither is a POLITICAL ISSUE in and of itself. Neither are our posts "political"

These are Public Health and Social Justice matters, which are well within our publication's perview.

We welcome your comments on this topic and invite you to call our Reader Response Line at (330) 353-9456.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Public Health Vs. Support For Donald Trump's Coronovirus Agenda


Sending this out to those of you who support Donald Trump's Novel Coronavirus Pandemic agenda.

You deny that Novel Coronavirus is a serious threat to public health. You minimize the risk. You are irresponsible and inconsiderate. You repeat Trump's lies. You refuse to wear a mask. You gather in large groups. You do not adhere to appropriate physical distance. You incorrectly blame an increasing number of infections on testing.

LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED!

You insult and attack those of us who try to educate you. You criticize us for being responsible. You attack Governor DeWine because he refuses to take orders from Trump.

On May 6th, our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page predicted Ohio would have a spike in new infections; around the dates of May 20 to June 5. Based on the schedule for Ohio business re-openings, we said the spike would continue through approximately June 30.

 We were insulted, criticized and attacked, by Trump supporters; our Coronavirus posts were trolled.

Due to YOUR BEHAVIOR, and unwavering support of Donald Trump's agenda, we will say again, as we did in early May, this situation could get bad enough that Ohio businesses are ordered to close again.

In conclusion, CORONAVIRUS IS NOT A POLITICAL ISSUE. Don't support Donald Trump"s effort to make it so.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Is Not A Political Issue!



Our  Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page is apolitical. We DO NOT (generally) oppose Donald Trump.

But, Donald Trump is primarily responsible for making the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic a political issue.WE OPPOSE THAT.

WE OPPOSE federal government (meaning Donald Trump's) response to Covid-19; WE OPPOSE what passes as Coronavirus policy; WE OPPOSE Trump and Mike Pence lying about Coronavirus and testing; WE OPPOSE Trump encourage 30%-40% of the electorate to be irresponsible, to be inconsiderate of others, to be dishonest, to be rude and to attack the media.

NO, WE DO NOT post FAKE NEWS regarding Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19, nor testing.
We devote time and effort to inform, to educate, to make Public Health a high priority and to help you stay safe.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

"Our Story", A Community Blogging Pioneer In The Age of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic And Black Lives Matter

Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum, photograph by Anthony McCune

"Our Story", A Community Blogging Pioneer In The Age of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Black Lives Matter; from the Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page.

Writing “the story” of Stark County, Ohio News and Views... is something that I’ve had to give much thought. As it’s been a long journey from the day we published our first blog post to the present day.

I’VE CHOSEN TO IGNORE: 
  • the mistruths which have been posted regarding our page and how it’s run
  • distortions of the truth, posted by people with an axe to grind, in order to create a false narrative
  • posts meant to diminish the importance of our presence in the blogosphere and social media
  • inflammatory posts meant to deliberately defame the reputation of our publisher.
There was a time when authority to promote a city, a county or a region was the exclusive role of travel bureaus (funded primarily by a hotel/motel “bed tax”) and Chambers of Commerce, whose accountability is to serve their members.

Beyond that, it was the job of a local newspaper to inform, educate and promote.

What was missing was the independent voice of a journalist, based in and passionate about the community. Further, someone with vision - that of an innovator, an entrepreneur, a business owner - and expertise in digital marketing; with the proven ability to sell intangible qualities of a product which has been overlooked, under valued and taken for granted.

McCunications Media, established by Anthony McCune, created something which had not previously existed on January 5, 2008.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... was a pioneer in community blogging. It was THE pioneer in Stark County, Ohio social media. The first online publication and associated Facebook page based in the community; dedicated to providing “new media” coverage and promotion of Stark County, Ohio.

It was at that point, when Stark County, Ohio News and Views... was launched, as an enterprise to fulfill a need, to provide a public service, with NO PROFIT MOTIVE, that objections arose.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... was not an entity controlled by government, it was not an organization funded by membership fees and it did not depend on either fee-based subscriptions or paid advertising.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... was, in January, 2008, and remains, today, independent and is self-funded.

Our only outside funding assistance comes in the form of donations, which we do not actively solicit.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... was not welcomed with open arms by the Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau; nor did local chambers of commerce welcome us to the community. In fact, we were looked upon as competition and opposed.

Members of the business community, large and small, sought to use (not utilize) and take advantage of both the Stark County, Ohio News and Views... blog and later the Facebook page. These people did not support our content, nor did they donate, even as little as $1, but they felt entitled to receive free publicity, simply because they were located in the confines of Stark County. In fact, they demanded free publicity.

It has been necessary over the course of 12 years to continually combat ignorance, a sense of entitlement and those who are dedicated to thwart and obstruct our mission to inform, educate, influence and inspire.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... serves as a local resource, spreads positive news about our community throughout the region, across the country and around the globe. We contribute to the advance and growth of economic development in Stark County, Ohio.

Our mission (on Facebook) has expanded, out of necessity, as we have evolved to also serve as a content curator.

McCunications Media is also the producer of the “We Heart Stark Podcast”. It’s the first podcast dedicated to promoting Stark County, Ohio.

It must be noted, in telling the story of Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., as I write on June 4, 2020, that the past three months, since we began posting about the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, have been an extremely difficult time on our Facebook page.

A concerted effort has been made to create a “community” on our Facebook page, which will work to spread a positive message about Stark County, to promote the best we have to offer, to showcase the jewels and shine a spotlight on the hidden gems.

Stark County, Ohio is not a perfect place, we certainly acknowledge, but we do not FOCUS on the negative. It has been our policy that there be NO POLITICS on our Facebook page as that is proven to be divisive and we have no interest in hosting partisan bickering.

The Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page went online May 19, 2010.

We reached 20,000 LIKES (fans) on June 10, 2019; six months later, on December 8 of that year, our LIKES counter clicked on 21,000.

We reached 21,400 LIKES (fans) on February 28, 2020. 12 days later, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in Stark County.

It was the position of Stark County, Ohio News and Views... to support Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, when they issued a Stay At Home “lockdown” ORDER and implemented measures to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus and flatten the curve (of Covid-19 infections and the demand for hospital beds).

Our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... page drew criticism for this position, saw political comments posted and was attacked by militant supporters of President Donald Trump, whose policies were in opposition to what was being mandated in Columbus.

Our audience continued to grow, in spite of the unwanted political shenanigans, and we hit 21,678 LIKES (fans) on May 1, 2020.

It was at this point, when Donald Trump demanded that “reopening the country” would be a national priority; to ignore the ongoing threat of Novel Coronavirus and seek to bolster the economy, in order to increase his chance of being re-elected in November.

Trump encouraged his supporters to refuse to wear masks (we disagree), encouraged them to ignore physical distancing guidelines (we disagree) and he encouraged them to stage mass gatherings (which we oppose) in order to pressure state legislatures to REOPEN NOW and face the consequences (we disagree).

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... has opposed and continues to oppose Trump’s handling of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic as well as his agenda to REOPEN. We have also opposed Governor DeWine’s subsequence to fall in line with Washington.

Outside agitators, who had had no previous involvement with our Facebook page, engaged in what has been characterized (in the national press) as a culture war; filling our posts with insulting comments, posting untrue information, engaging in vicious attacks and doing whatever possible to disrupt the orderly running of our social media.

In addition to removing, permanently banning, over 2,000 political militants, engaging in trolling behavior, we also had to remove more than 1,000 fans who had LIKED our page.

Those numbers are difficult to track; due to the fact that as established fans were removed, new people LIKED the page. Then within days or weeks those people had to be removed due to trolling.
By May 22, our LIKES (fans) count had dropped to 21,502 and rebounded to 21,544 by May 25.
It was on May 25, 2020 that George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The incident was caught on video.

While Stark County, Ohio News and Views... has always supported local law enforcement, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, we stand in opposition to inappropriate behavior by police officers, abuse of power, and discrimination against African Americans and other minorities; as well as the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers wherever it may occur.

Predictably, our Facebook page’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement was opposed by racists; some identifying themselves as supporters of Donald Trump.

As with Coronavirus trolling, we had people writing comments which were either misrepresentations or outright lies; insults and attacks were also posted.

We would remove people from the page and remove inappropriate comments; just as fast as we could do that, those people who were banned recruited their family and friends to come to the page and repeat the same behavior.

It was necessary to remove 75 fans from the page in one day, due to racist remarks and inappropriate behavior, such as spamming.

Our LIKES counter went from 21,678 on May 1, rollercoastering to finally land at 21,424 on June 3.

We have devoted a great deal of time and effort to build the Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page over the past 10 years; as well as spending a substantial amount of money.

The importance of our effort, the value of our contribution to the community, nor the success of our venture is dependent on how many people read our blog, LIKE our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram or Twitter.

We have not, do not and will not condone unethical, disrespectful, abusive behavior, by people commenting on our blog posts or responding to posts on any of our social media pages. We will not be bullied, nor will we change our course due to threats.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... tells the story of Stark County, Ohio people and places; showing why this is a great place to live, an enjoyable place to visit and a productive place to do business.

It has never been easy to run our blog, our Facebook page or any of our social media pages. More difficult given that there is no money to be made from it.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... EXISTS due to the influence of my grandmother, Sophia Blaszczak. I live my life to have a positive impact, to help where I can, to give what I can, to make a difference; all to keep her spirit alive.

I’m an imperfect human being, who has made mistakes and will make more. I’m a lifelong learner, a student of human behavior and an essayist who examines various aspects of our society. I’m also a workaholic, committed to do the best I can every day.

What I will never be is a doormat.

As the person who operates McCunications Media and serves as the Publisher of Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., I have not surrendered my right to have a personal opinion. Our blog and by extension our Facebook page is further entitled to have a personal opinion, a right which has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.

I will exercise that right as I see it.

That is the true story of Stark County, Ohio News and Views....

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Umbrella Alley, Louisville, Ohio

Umbrella Alley, Louisille, Ohio, Photograh by McCunications Media

Anthony McCune, of McCunications Media, is pictured visiting Umbrella Alley, in Louisville, Ohio, for the first time.

The umbrellas went up just about a month ago and Umbrella Alley is already becoming one of Stark County, Ohios most popular attractions.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Navigating The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic In Stark County, Ohio


This was the third time I walked in to a gas station since mid-March.

I always select a station which is not high traffic, go at an off hour, pay cash and buy an amount which will not necessitate getting change back.

Today it was $25 to fill up.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Welcome to Stark County, Ohio News and Views...


Stark County, Ohio Courthouse Bell Tower, photograph by Anthony McCune

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... is a pioneer. It was the first community-based blog dedicated to promoting Stark County, beginning January 5, 2008.

Our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page has has been online since May 19, 2010.

Stark County, Ohio is a great place to live, an enjoyable place to visit and a productive place to do business; that's what we focus on. We're not in the bad news business.

Our "coverage area" includes, but is not limited to, Canton, the county seat, Hartville and Uniontown in the Northern portion of the county, Massillon and Canal Fulton in the West, Sugarcreek, Wilmot, Magnolia and Waynesburg in the Southern part of the country and Minerva and Alliance in the West.

You won't see any news releases published here; we only run original content including photographs.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... is a resource for lifelong residents and visitors, as well as companies considering Northeast Ohio as a business location.

We proudly serve as a showcase for the best of what Stark County, Ohio has to offer. At the same time we seek to shine a spotlight on the lesser known hidden gems in the community.

President John F. Kennedy is well known for using the expression "a rising tide lifts all boats". In that spirit, Stark County, Ohio News and Views... serves as a vehicle to promote our community as well as a small business advocate and an economic development engine.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... is self funded, the marquee publication of the McCunications Media Network.

While donations are accepted, and sponsorships are available, we do not sell advertising and "good reviews" are not for sale; not in our blog nor our social media channels including Facebook, StarkCountyOH on Twitter and stark_county_ohio on Instagram.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... welcomes opportunities to work with organizations such as the Canton Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau aka Visit Canton, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce, Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Chamber of Commerce; as well as the Canton Repository, the newspaper of record in Stark County.

You can reach Stark County, Ohio News and Views... by calling (330) 353-8422 or email us at StarkCountyReporter@gmail.com.

Monday, June 24, 2013

June, 2013 Super Moon

Super Moon, Photograph by Anthony McCune

From our archive, June 24, 2013.
The Algonquin tribes, from New England to Lake Superior, named the full moon of June the Full Strawberry Moon.

Tonight is the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, combine that with the full moon cycle and we have a Super Moon!