Whatever happened to trusting in each other?

Is it so difficult to take responsibility for our actions instead of contently chasing after someone or something to blame? The vortex of chaos in Iowa Caucus was laid blame on technology failure. Technology is inanimate object.

Perhaps we need to look inside ourselves and see our motivations? In today’s world we are motivated not to trust others. We seem to have lost ability to trust. Maybe if we were to take example from infants, how they trust their parent or caregiver, of course it is because the parent is caring and trustworthy.

Half a century ago as a new college graduate I was introduced to League of Women Voters by my supervisor in my student teacher class, Mrs. Raymond Guthrie. Soon I was made in charge of the Voter Service and was asked to help with transmission of voting results to ABC News. My post was at Little Hocking Elementary School in Washington County, Ohio. I sat in a remote corner while the precinct residence cast their vote. Mrs. Betty Lukas, the judge (not the leader) for the precinct, had kindly invited me into the voting room to keep me out of the drafty hallway.

After the polls were closed, she read the results of the election from the machine, of individuals and issues that I diligently copied onto a paper. I had gotten permission to use a rotary pay telephone to call the 800 number of ABC News after pollsters had departed. I read the results to ABC News, made sure to lock up the school building and headed for Belpre.

At about the same time another League of Women Voters volunteer submitted similar results from Cuyahoga County. The results were manually tabulated.

ABC News placed trust into League of women Voter on providing accurate reporting.

There is about a 15 minute drive from Little Hocking to Belpre. As I approached our home in Belpre, I heard projections of winners of the election. They were quite accurate. As my husband Mel heard my arrival, often he would open the door and announce the results, and I’d tell him that I already heard it on the radio.

Today’s culture instructs us to be secretive lest someone else should see the election reports before we do. How sad.

We perchance need to learn how to be trusting as well as trustworthy, rather than being cagey and/or circumspect.

Val Hoover



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