I wish to reply to the Dec. 18 letter “Party in power.” I will do my best to be politically neutral.
The writer is extremely incensed that the Democrats in the Senate have used what he calls the “nuclear option,” doing away with the filibuster for some nominees. The writer feels that by requiring only a simple majority on these votes, the Democrats have created a “one-party system in the Senate.”
I think the 60-vote rule was ridiculous. I believe in majority rule, even by one vote. I would like to remind the writer that when the Republicans have the majority in the Senate, they can, and probably will, rewrite the rules to their liking.
As for the Senate having been turned into a one-party system, could the same not be said about the House?
It has always had majority-vote rules. Does this make the House a one-party (Republican) system? The letter writer failed to mention the tragedy in the House.
Let us all remember that virtually every vote is won by the group having one vote more than the other group. This principle applies to politics, as well as life.
The Founding Fathers will not roll over in their graves. The 60-vote override was meant for major issues affecting the entire country and was used very sparingly in previous years. Now its use has become so commonplace as to be ridiculous.
I wonder if we will ever be told the truth about the shoving match at Monday’s Akron City Council meeting (“Shoving match involves city leaders,” Dec. 18). I am not surprised Mayor Plusquellic was involved in a tussle. My guess is, he was much more physical and verbal than indicated in the article.
Plusquellic is often rude, short-sighted and arrogant. “I was walking away,” Plusquellic told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday. “There is not a single thing I did wrong.”
Baloney. I would really like to know why this story was not open for comments online.
Keeping readers informed
I read Bob Dyer’s Dec. 15 column about Kelley Williams-Bolar (“Lies return as ‘teacher’ hits circuit”) and the Dec. 18 letter “Joyless” that followed. I have to disagree with the letter writer. I would say that a least 95 percent of the public would not know that she has been going around the country or what she has been saying about injustice. I would like to know what she has received from this tour.
So many people need our help to survive, and she and her father for many years did things to take illegally money and other support from the government.
She has been going around the country telling unsuspecting people untrue things about herself and her father, to serve herself. What is that, if not a lie?
I thank Dyer for exposing her continuing misrepresentation of the facts and trying to get people on her side by not speaking the truth.
Yes, as the letter writer pointed out, this is the season for giving and joy, but if columnists such as Dyer weren’t exposing the untruths spread by Williams-Bolar and her father, they could be writing about joyful things instead.
Why is it that during and after a snowstorm the side streets in Akron become a sheet of ice, and nothing is done unless you call the city to come out and do it?
I work in Fairlawn, and there was a section of West Market Street, and side streets I drove by, that were decent. But Market, Exchange and Brown streets in Akron were bad on Saturday during the storm. I live on a side street in Akron, and our whole street was nothing but a sheet of ice.
The city needs to develop a plan on how to plow all streets before, during and after a snowstorm so all are drivable.
Higher education, house of cards
Following the massive infusion of federal money into higher education to fund new construction, expand enrollments, increase teaching and nonteaching salaries, and provide student loans and scholarships, we have witnessed the rise of a powerful educational bureaucracy. Its fiscal tentacles reach into every area of local, state and federal governments.
Students are encouraged to assume debt they may never be able to repay to fund these overstaffed administrations and overpaid and underworked tenured faculty, who spend more time on sabbaticals than they do in the classroom.
The value of a college education has fallen markedly in recent years. Graduates, particularly those majoring in the liberal arts, are unable to find employment commensurate with their educational expenses.
Higher education in the United States has become an untenable financial house of cards, soon to collapse into itself. And no, allowing the faculty fox into the administrative henhouse is not the solution to these overwhelming problems.
Loren A. Raymond