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

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Coronavirus / Delta Variant / Omicron Variant Is Burning, Out Of Control, Across Ohio

 🔥 Coronavirus / Delta Variant / Omicron Variant is burning, out of control, across Ohio! 🔥 The Pandemic is as bad as it has ever been in Ohio and getting worse! 
 
The State of Ohio has a 7-Day Average Testing Positivity Rate of 18.8%, nearly quadrupling the CDC's recommended threshold of 5%!
 
Ohio has reported 80,695 Covid-19 cases from December 14 to 21. An average of 10,086 per day.
4,797 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalized: with 1,206 in ICU. 81.78% of Ohio's ICU beds are occupied.
 
Ohio Department of Health reported 12,502 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, December 22, 2021.
Then, the agency confirmed, to leave no doubt, that this was the highest "true" daily case count Ohio has seen so far; not counting days with backlogs or reporting from holidays.
 
It was December 14, 2020 when the first Covid-19 Vaccine inoculation was administered in the United States. As of December 21, 2021, only 6,383,048 Ohioans, just 54.61% of those eligible, are fully vaccinated. Far below the 70 to 85% necessary for effective herd immunity.
 
If you have been infected, the antibodies you have, whatever the number, are not as strong as those provided by full vaccination.
 
On December 13, we posted: The Omicron Variant is now officially in Northeast Ohio; it was identified by the Cleveland Clinic laboratory in one positive Covid test.
 
Scientists studying Omicron in Great Britain, where the variant is active, advise that you need to be fully vaccinated AND have received a booster to be protected. The New York Times reported that, as of December 18, only one in six Americans has received the booster.
 
On Friday, December 17, Governor Mike DeWine announced that 9 out of 10 hospitalized Covid-19 patients are unvaccinated.
 
That same day, ODH reported 434 deaths; the highest number since Ohio began reporting deaths twice a week in the Spring.
 
As of Monday, December 20, Omicron is now the dominant version of the Coronavirus in the United States; accounting for 73% of new infections last week. CDC numbers showed nearly a six-fold increase in omicron's share of infections in only one week.
 
Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said, “Where we’re seeing the vaccines are still very effective is in preventing any serious illness, we’re at the point now where our vaccines are no longer able to prevent infection at a reliable rate any longer,” 
 
Gonsenhauser added. “A two dose vaccine sequence is only about 20 percent effective at preventing an omicron infection. With the booster that prevention goes up to about 55 to 80 percent.”
 
Mitigate the spread of Coronavirus / Delta Variant / Omicron Variant:
1 Vaccinate / BOOST.
2 Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet; avoid close contact.
3 Wear a mask, whether you're vaccinated or not.
4 Wash your hands, correctly and often.
5 When gathering indoors, be sure the space is as well ventilated as possible.
 
🔴 If you are not wearing a mask and you are exposed to Coronavirus / Delta Variant / Omicron Variant TODAY ~ whether you are vaccinated or not ~ you could be infected with Covid-19 any time from December 24 to January 4, 2022. 🔴

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Our Social Media "Civic Integrity", "Zero Tolerance" Policy

 

Re: Enforcement of McCunications Media's "Civic Integrity", "Zero Tolerance" policy, on our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook and other social media pages.
 
There are, by far, more good people in Stark County, Ohio than there are bad.
 
 
People who are passionate about our community; who act responsibly with concern for the greater good; who are caring, giving of their time, effort, and dollars; we have patriots who put country before party, who stand in defense of our Democracy and the Constitution of the United States.
 
These are the people we publish for.
 
The problem we have in this community, though, is that we have people who are the human equivalent of Cancer.
 
 People who are self-centered; perpetually negative; ignorant; ill-mannered; inconsiderate of others; uncivil; disrespectful; hostile; insulting; argumentative; hateful; and mean.
 
Yes, Stark County is burdened by people who are dishonest; Coronavirus Deniers; racists; bigots; people who have poisoned the well, who are willfully ignorant, who parrot lies, who perpetuate conspiracy theories, who seek to make civil discourse all but impossible, who attack relentlessly; all while supporting a self-promoting, dishonest, unprepared, incompetent political neophyte, who preached a failed philosophy of elitism, of division, of exclusion, of hate, all while seeking to undermine the very core of our Democracy.
 
Stark County, Ohio News and Views... informs, educates, influences and inspires; we promote Stark County; we curate news which impacts our community.
 
 
Trolling of our Facebook page by fans and random strangers alike (beginning on or about March 11, 2020) has necessitated the permanent removal, banning of people who are on the wrong side of a culture war. People previously mentioned who represent the worst of our society
 
Thus, our Facebook page will never return to what it was, prior to March 11, 2020. In fact, the moderators and I will be even less tolerant of the inappropriate behaviors described above.
 
As of today, February 4, 2021, this action officially has a name... Enforcement of McCunications Media's "Civic Integrity", " Zero Tolerance" policy.

Beginning today and forever more we will function in a manner to fulfill our mission, to advance our cause and to oppose those who wish to be an obstacle. 
 
To those of you who have supported our effort over the past 13 years and you who will support in the future, THANK YOU.
 
Management
McCunications Media Network

Monday, January 4, 2021

Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., Our Story, 13 Years

 

When I first published a Stark County, Ohio News and Views... blogspot post, on January 5, 2008, I gave little to no thought about a long-term future.

I'd been a working writer for 32 years and was taking pictures for longer than that; I had 22 years of marketing experience, was involved in digital marketing since AOL began sending out floppy disks; and I had a decade of management experience, including retail management, area management, and corporate marketing management.

The Great Recession had hit Northeast Ohio hard. Stark County was portrayed negatively in both regional and national media; I saw a need to spread the word about the community I knew. To show what made it special, why I chose it to be my home.

Blogging was referred to as "new media" at that time, and I'd been publishing for approximately six years. 

So I launched the Stark County, Ohio News and Views… blog, followed by a Facebookpage approximately six months later, knowing one thing, it's impossible to satisfy, let alone please, everyone.

I was also aware that however positive your attitude, whatever kind thing you might do, large or small, for whomever, whenever, however often, you'd be portrayed as an asshole in someone's story.

In no time at all, my beliefs were confirmed.

It took some time, but the blog and the Facebook page each found their way, and we developed a following.

The more traffic the blog attracted, eventually 1,100+ visits daily, and the more fans LIKED our Facebook page, a high of 21,689, the more individuals, businesses, and organizations wanted FREE publicity.

We weren't asked for publicity. About the time our Facebook following reached 1,000 fans, people began to demand FREE publicity. Which I didn’t understand then and don’t understand now.

It was expected that I would allow people to post their content on our Facebook page. Invariably it was a person who was not a fan of the page, they had never thumbed a post, and they had never written a comment that was doing the posting.

These people not only failed to support our publications; they did not donate a penny. But I ran "the" Stark County Facebook page, and they felt that since they were physically located in Stark County, it was necessary for me to provide them with REE publicity.

Eventually I eliminated the option for people to be able to post on our page.

There was a time that I thought the only reason to have a Facebook page was to support our blog.

Then my dad had open-heart surgery and the year that followed was a rollercoaster ride. My brother and I eventually convinced our parents to move to a senior citizen apartment. A few years later, my dad began to decline, was in and out of the hospital and, eventually, with little warning, he passed away. A few months after that, my mother developed breast cancer, within a year, we lost her.

When my dad had open-heart surgery, I began to make more frequent trips to Southwest Pennsylvania for visits. As his health worsened, I went more regularly, and then when my mother was ill, I would visit weekly or at least a couple of times a month.

Blogging became less important; other things became a priority and required time. Consequently, I was blogging less frequently and eventually stopped. But I kept the Facebook page going.

Through the first 12 years of publishing Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., there were minor disagreements, occasional disputes, and every now and then an attempted character assassination.

I've made enemies. Because I was not willing to have people take advantage of me. I did not believe that people who had no investment should tell me what I should or should not publish. I've never believed that I should live my life in a manner someone else wants to impose upon me.

I've also made enemies because I refused to provide individuals, businesses, and organizations with FREE publicity.

You learn a lot about people who don't get what they want. People hold grudges. And when one person gets on Facebook to complain, old enemies join in to form a chorus.

There was a relatively short period of time when seeing people tell their versions of stories, which I knew were untrue, when I saw them posting lies about me, when they went out of their way to try to damage my reputation, hurt my feelings and made me angry. Those days are long past. And the people who know me, the people who actually matter, have always known the things being said were untrue.

Running Stark County, Ohio News and Views...requires the work of a dozen people. I do that work alone.

People over the years occasionally have commented that I have "the best job". Until they find out I do it for FREE. Supported only by sponsorships and donations, both being rare.

Of course, people think it's "a" job, not an enterprise which would keep 12 people working full-time constantly busy.

So, yes, I do strategize, I do plan, I do review and evaluate. But I've never made a priority of creating policies and making rules.

I've said it time and time again for many years, decades in fact: never expect members of the general public to be reasonable.

There will always be someone who does something which is not explicitly covered by a policy or a rule.

For the first 12 years of publishing Stark County, Ohio News and Views... a "no politics" policy was sufficient. Someone, rarely, would write a comment, inappropriate for our forum, I'd reply "we don't do politics on this page" and that would be the end of it. No argument.

Nothing prepared me for 2020.

I ran this page through the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. We made no comment, took no positions and had no political arguments.

Democrats took control of the House of Representatives; no comment was made on this page and there were no political arguments.

Donald Trump was impeached; no comment was made on this page and there were no political arguments.

For more than 10 years I ran contests, giving away hundreds of prizes from Stark County businesses and restaurants.

I paid for the prizes far more often than businesses provided them. There were people would complain that they entered contests and didn't win, as though everyone could get something for free. For some people, I learned, you just can’t do enough; you can never do enough; for some people it’s all about them.

Looking back, I’m happy that through all that there were no political arguments.

I lived in Stark County for 10 years before I started blogging about it. I was aware that there were communities with a "reputation", but I didn't know until 2020 how many racists reside here. The level of hate is unmanageable.

I hadn't thought about Russia, or any other foreign power, interfering in a presidential election.

I'd followed politics since the age of 8, 48 years, and I never imagined I'd see a United States president less qualified and less capable than George W. Bush, more dishonest than Richard Nixon, and a greater failure than anyone who had ever held the office.

How would I manage content in my blog and social media channels with a president who behaved in turns like a mob boss, a cult leader, and a mental patient? 

I never thought about a worldwide Pandemic occurring in my lifetime. As Novel Coronavirus burned across the country and residents of Stark County were diagnosed with Covid-19 I struggled with the question of how to cover it.

With Novel Coronavirus spreading across the country and being diagnosed in Stark County, I was left to face issues immediately, which I had never given a thought. How would I cover it?

These were question I never considered before March, 2020.

I had to decide, immediately, how I would handle Donald Trump's militant, emboldened, single-minded, often angry and abusive, robot-like supporters who followed his direction like members of a cult.

Keep in mind that I'd said nothing about Donald Trump on this page during the year he ran for office, with Russia's help, or during the previous three years he'd been in office. Nor had anyone else talked about Trump on our page.

I recognized when news of Novel Coronavirus began to circulate that it was entirely a health issue. 

No matter how Donald Trump responded to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Covid -19, no matter how he encouraged his cult-like followers to engage in a culture war, my decision was firm, and my course was set. It was a health crisis, not a political issue, and that is how I would handle it.

But, here’s the thing. It was impossible to talk about the federal government’s handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic without mentioning Trump. No matter how much effort I made to be apolitical, members of Trump’s red hat cult seized upon the opportunity to accuse me of taking a political stand any time I mentioned Trump.

Next came the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. Black Lives Matter protests occurred throughout the nation, including cities across Ohio. Demonstrators marched in Canton.

Social Justice joined the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic at the top of the nation's agenda. Along with the economy, which was crumbling. 

Trump, who is a racist and a supporter of Nazis, attacked and his cult following gave their full support.

I'd always believed in giving people their say on this page, whether they were fans or random visitors. I would welcome a thoughtful conversation, a good debate, constructive criticism. 

It had been my policy for years that I would not permanently remove people from Stark County, Ohio News and Views... unless they were posting false information, if they were insulting, if they attacked, if they were argumentative and/or SPAMMING.

You can’t have a reasonable, rationale conversation with a member of a cult. Like Trump, they lack humanity, are not self-aware, they are neither empathetic or compassionate.

Members of the cult supporting and working on behalf of Donald Trump's campaign made this page a culture war battlefield.

Over a four-month period it was necessary to permanently remove an average of 200 fans per week, a total in excess of 3,000. Eventually the number of fans removed from the page would be more than 5,000 and, in addition to that, it was necessary to ban more than 5,000 random people who came to the page for no reason other than trolling.

It was, needles to say, a difficult proposition when I’d spent 13 years building an audience.

Eventually, it was no longer necessary to remove people in larger numbers. There might be one person a day who had to be removed, some days there might be a dozen. As time went on there were days when no trolls would appear on the page.

The culture war went on through the remainder of Trump’s time in the White House. But, the culture war on our page was brought to ana end. Actively banning of trolls has stopped any reemergence.

To our fans who participate, responding to our posts, respectfully, whether you agree or not, THANK YOU. To those of you who are supportive and helpful, I am grateful.

To the individuals, near and far, the businesses, the organizations and the visitors who travel to our community, all who use Stark County, Ohio News and Views... as a resource, THANK YOU.

www.StarkCountyOhio.org is our blog address. 

We accept (and appreciate) any donation of $1 or more. Just click the button in the too right corner of the page (below the cover photo).

Sponsorships are available for $100 per month or $600 per year.

That’s our story, with a few edits made on October 16, 2021.

 Tony, Publisher and Chief Executive

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Trolling Is Prohibited In Our Social Media Community

 

 We want to grow our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook fan page (that is, to build our community); our goal, at this point, is to reach 23,456 LIKES (fans).

 More important than adding fans, though, is having civil discourse and eliminating negativity. It should not be necessary to police the behavior of adults, but, sad to say, it is.

We will not tolerate uncivil behavior. Whether you agree or disagree with what we post is irrelevant

We ask little of you, to remain on the page.

 Be respectful, be honest, don't be insulting, don't be argumentative and comment on topic. No politicking Keep your anger off our page. Spamming is, of course, prohibited.

If you’re unable or unwilling to function as a responsible member of our community, you can remove yourself or we will remove you.

Removing people from the page who behave in this manner is inconsequential, we understand.

Because those people don’t care about being part of the community anyway. But, they're the human equivalent of Cancer and we don’t want our page to be infected.

We’d rather have fewer people on the page who are interested in and dedicated to promoting Stark County than a whole lot more people who are simply bad human beings.

 This should be perfectly clear and need no interpretation.

In conclusion, some people ask “Why am I seeing political posts on this page”. You’re not. Others say, “I thought this page was supposed to be free of politics". It is.

We’re apolitical.

We curate news, from Columbus, Washington and the presidential campaign trail which affects Stark County.

Donald Trump or Joe Biden appearing in a post, related to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, or other social issues, does not make it political.

You need not agree with our editorial decisions, but, really, there's no good reason to complain. Scroll by or unlike the page. 

 That's it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Goodyear Blimp Flyover Honors Healthcare Workers

Goodyear Blimp Flyover Honors Healthcare Workers

 

Goodyear Blimp by Anthony McCune, Stark County, Ohio News and Views

The Goodyear Blimp is flying over Stark County today, to salute our community's healthcare workers. Sites visited included Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.

We were able to catch Goodyear's Wingfoot Three blimp cruising over Massillon/Jackson Township!

Goodyear Blimp by Anthony McCune, Stark County, Ohio News and Views

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Last Word

 

Out of FAIRNESS, to you, the fans who have actively supported our Stark County, Ohio News and Views... Facebook page, and TO MYSELF, I'm posting about the rambunctious political militancy which has shown its ugly face on our fan page for the past month-and-a-half.

Some people do not understand "media", so let's clear that up first. Stark County, Ohio News and Views... www.StarkCountyOhio.org first went online in January, 2008; it is a blog, an online media publication.

Our agenda and our Point-Of-View is set by the Publisher; editorial decisions, what we do and how we do it, are made by the Publisher; what we allow in the comment section of our blog and each of our Social Media Channels, if anything, is decided by the Publisher; the voice of the publication is that of the Publisher. We don't employ an Editor, so the power and the responsibility lie exclusively with the Publisher; that's how it works.

You needn't agree with the Publisher, you needn't approve of editorial policies and/or decisions, It's not necessary for you to like the way things are done, in the blog or any of our Social Media channels.

Stark County, Ohio News and Views..., likewise, does not need your permission, your approval and/or your blessing, to believe, to support, to publish or to do anything. The publisher is responsible, you, as an individual reader, are not. 

 Other more "traditional", old school, publications in our community are profit-driven; content is limited to those who subscribe, it's necessary for you to pay for full access. We do not, what we publish is available to the general public with no requirement for you to pay. Ever.

Social Media channels you subscribe to, associated with publications you pay money to, are likely to allow you to post whatever you wish in their comment section. If you want to post about politics, you have a right to do so, based on their editorial decision, and the fact that you pay. You are able to insult and attack the publication, the writer, the post and/or their Publisher...because you pay. They may or may not allow you to post pictures to accompany your comment. They have an "obligation" to act in a "professional" manner, because you pay.

That concludes your lesson in "media" for today. Now, back to the shenanigans which have been occurring on our page since the first week of April. 

Comments have been posted calling "me" - that would be the Publisher of Stark County, Ohio News and Views... - scared, a coward, "brainwashed", suspicious, dangerous, rude, a bully, an idiot, lame, a liar, closed-minded, a hypocrite, irresponsible, "unprofessional", a control freak, a snowflake, a Censor and a fearmonger.

Oh, and one person suggested I'm a Journalism grad, who wasn't able to get a job. 😂  

People post untrue information; they choose to be disrespectful; they are mean and hateful, for no reason.

I was raised to be a positive force in the world; to make a difference; to be helpful...however I can, whenever I'm able. I've been a working writer for more than 40 years, have experience as a management consultant; am well versed in customer services best practices.   

What I do not allow, and will not silently stand by to see, is people using me, to take advantage of me. Nor will I be bullied. 

Stark County, Ohio News and Views... is committed to promoting Stark County as well as to inform and educate you about what's happening with the Coronavirus Pandemic; to do whatever I can to put information out which gives you the best chance of staying safe. That will not change.