I note the deer are going to be culled again this year in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (“National park set to reduce density of deer,” July 31). I wonder how many national parks cull their animals. I remember when Yellowstone caught fire and it was allowed to burn out because that was the natural thing to do.
Park officials blame the deer for eating the trees and ground cover. Well, if the park hadn’t leased its grazing land to goat herders, the deer would have plenty of food.
How many parks allow hunting inside its borders? I’ve seen hunting through the week and on Sundays within the park, which is dangerous to humans in the area. Ten to 20 years ago, we could count between 200 and 300 deer in one day. Now, we are lucky to see as many as 50 in the entire park during the winter.
There used to be 20 to 25 deer in the field across from Deep Lock Quarry alone. Now you may see one or two occasionally. Recently, we counted 13 deer for the entire park. On the road where the Stanford Hostel is located, we usually counted over 30 deer in the winter time. The deer numbers have radically gone down. You rarely see any on this road now.
In relation to hitting deer on the roads through the park, don’t we need to educate drivers that it is a park with animals and to adhere to the speed limit and be aware of the animals? Speeders are out of control in the park. Some are using the park only as a pass-through.
Do the people in charge of the park want to eradicate all deer? I guess you have to make more room for goats in our national park.
What we make of ourselves
We have a disparity among people of all races, and the difference generally involves attitude and aptitude. There are folks of lesser aptitude in all races, and certainly there are achievers in all race cultures.
The problem with the aptitude deficit is ignorance. If you choose to be ignorant about social and educational issues, you are on the treadmill to nowhere. If you become a parent when you are a child, your life will be extremely difficult without a support system. When the government becomes your support system, you lose touch with the reality of personal responsibility and achievement.
My father had a sixth-grade education but knew no strangers and spoke to all men alike. He held no prejudice and was completely colorblind. He respected all the folks with whom he came into contact and would walk away if there was no reciprocation. His comment about those instances was that “there are turkeys in the general population everywhere.”
In the military, I worked in the midst of folks from all over the United States and applied my father’s approach to those associations. There was no tension, no agenda. The service didn’t tolerate disrespect, but there were those who fostered a grudge. Usually, because of family background or some poor social interaction or event, they then condemned all members of another race.
The nice thing about the military, generally, was we all were in the same boat, judged by our work and able to elevate ourselves out of “turkeyism.”
All peoples are capable; everyone has talents; and all life is precious. The amount of DNA that separates the races is two one-hundredths of 1 percent (.002 percent), and this difference only defines the pigmentation of the skin. The largest gulf is pride, ego, perception and the inability to respect and trust. We are a product of our social environment but have the ability to change. It only takes our will.
Paul T. Moore
Great time at the derby
I read the July 29 article “Summit benefits as events attract tourists.” I can speak to the Soap Box Derby; I volunteer. It was great again this year. I had several champions and parents come up to me and say they had a great time and hope to be back next year. The 5K run was a great addition this year and brought in many participants. Even a little rain could not stop it.
Next year on a sunny day, I would like to see more local people support the derby by coming out.
Let’s show the world what Akron is all about and the All American Derby is a big part of it.
At the top of his game
The Beacon Journal and Marla Ridenour could only think of the negative after Tiger Woods’ eighth victory at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club (“Tiger takes it again,” Aug. 5).
The front-page headline and the column the day after the tournament contend that this does not prove that Tiger Woods is “back,” because the Bridgestone is not one of the four major tournaments. So what? Tiger Woods is a magnificent golfer who put on a magnificent display of golf in Akron. Why not emphasize that?
Leader for Ward 1
Rich Swirsky is uniquely qualified for the Akron City Council seat in the new Ward 1. As a longtime resident of Highland Square, I have heard many in the new ward say we are lucky to have someone like Swirsky willing to represent our interests and concerns downtown.
At the recent candidates night, I was impressed with all six candidates, but I encourage fellow ward residents to vote for Swirsky because he is the only candidate who has been in the trenches, fighting for our neighborhood, on a regular basis for the past 20 years.
All of the candidates highlight the ways that they have been involved in the neighborhood, and Swirsky is no different from the others in terms of volunteering for the Red Cross or Art in the Square or whatever. Unlike the others, however, he has done a lot more than volunteer with existing community organizations.
Swirsky has consistently stepped up to take the lead when no established community organization (or city agency) was already addressing a neighborhood problem. From closing a crack house to creating a community garden to keeping pressure on the city and Acme to return a grocery store to the neighborhood and more, Swirsky is a problem-solver and natural leader.
And we do not need to take his word for it because he is one of us. We know Swirsky because he has been there with us every time. Those living in the new Ward 1 know he is a leader, and the leader we need to represent the ward. He is the only one with a long-term, consistent, track record of working with the rest of us to protect and defend our neighborhood. I feel honored to be able to cast my vote for Rich Swirsky for Ward 1, and I encourage others in the new ward to do the same.
Dangerous injection wells
The rally in Warren to tell Ohioans to get behind a ban on injection wells was barely affected by the 25 or so young men marching around the huge lawn of the Warren County Courthouse, occasionally blaring their little horn and wearing their orange vests (“Fracking opponents take sides at rally in Warren,” July 30).In fact, they helped us out by drawing attention to our informational, family-friendly, conscientiously fact-filled series of speeches and booths.
People who fear millions of gallons of chemicals in soil and water aren’t in conflict with pipe fitters anyway. We know they need jobs, and we know they need water to drink and air to breathe. They have to have jobs, so they don’t have much choice about what kinds of dangerous industries this economy has pressed them into. We respect those guys.
What we don’t respect is the rapacious, short-sighted profiteering of the oil and gas companies, which will inject chemicals, spill toxic brine, cause earthquakes and use petrochemicals like benzene that give all our babies (of frackers and antifrackers alike) leukemia. Why don’t they throw their money and engineering skills into bringing renewable energies up to speed in the USA?
Injection wells are so toxic that it’s hard to believe we even need to discuss them. Who on earth would say, “Bring all that radioactive water with mercury, arsenic, cadmium, benzene, toluene, xylene and dozens of other carcinogens to my house; I’ll take them”? People, please. Injection wells should be banned.
Right before going on yet another vacation (which tarnishes all government workers, including military retirees working for the government), Republicans voted yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
This is a milestone 40 times. Oddly enough, there is no real jobs bill, despite the lawmakers running on “jobs, jobs, jobs.”
I am also constantly reminded that a Democratic president signed something unpopular into law, NAFTA. Since the Republicans keep saying that NAFTA is Clinton’s fault, why haven’t there been 40 votes to repeal it?