Small-town politics in Johnstown must end

Johnstown has faced understandable pressure since Intel’s announcement that it will invest $20 billion just a few miles away.

Residents and city officials alike have expressed frustration at the unknown about the development and the pace of change happening in their corner of Licking County.

But the ensuing internal power struggles and infighting will only make Johnstown weaker as big-monied developers look to capitalize on Intel’s development. It is critical that Johnstown officials put their petty squabbles aside and focus on leading the city as it faces unprecedented outside pressures.

Cracks of unrest first publicly revealed themselves at a council meeting in February when spouses of the city’s police chief and finance director called for the resignation of Councilman Marvin Block for spreading unfounded rumors.

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