Law & Government – and the loss of a friend
I admit to bringing a sometimes skeptical view and regularly warning all of us to be alert about how government interferes in our lives. But we must remember that government is not only controlled by the people, it is comprised of people. Last week, government and its people lost a wonderful man. As many readers know, Craig Moser passed away on July 24, 2012. Dr. Craig Moser was the mayor of the village of Garrettsville, an economics professor for decades, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and literally had professional accomplishments too long to list. Those stories have been written in daily papers and are worth reading and re-reading.
I want to share a different perspective about Craig Moser. He was not an “out of touch” academic or a stereotypical elected official. In spite of his service in government and academia, he was kind, dignified, and compassionate.
I met Craig, “Doc,” in about 1988. His sons, Eric and Chris, were my school mates. I spent countless hours at Craig and Becky Moser’s home. Unlike other friends’ parents that I met along the way, I kept visiting. As the years went by and I moved around chasing education and career, the Mosers were always there. In spite of Craig’s accomplishments, he was never too busy to hear my small success stories. Second sometimes only to my own parents, he cheered me on through early adulthood. The encouragement continued as I began a political career. Thousands of people applauded when I won an election in 2010, but Craig had a cheer, a hug and that same sweet, comforting smile when I lost an election in 2009.
The Moser home in Garrettsville is a place friends can stop without “calling ahead.” In the middle of the town’s summer festival, or during the holidays, or for no reason at all, Craig just greeted me with a smile every time. He was a kind father and husband. He was a sincere friend to countless people. He made time for friends and made everyone feel welcome.
Craig and I agreed on many political issues. We also disagreed on some issues. Like any person of integrity, he would listen. He was open to new perspectives but never compromised his principles. Craig and I exchanged the phrase “what were you thinking” more than once. The respect never changed. It was an honest way of asking what the other was thinking! I think the world would be a better place if more leaders would take Craig Moser’s approach. Be civil. Stand for something. Compromise details, not integrity. Maybe others will read this and try it…in his honor. With a heavy heart, I say farewell to a beloved mentor and friend. Craig’s favorite closing was “cheers.” On behalf of a grateful community, Cheers Doc!
Author’s note to Iva Walker: apparently keyboards are waterproof.