I read the front-page story about a new arena for the University of Akron in Sunday’s paper and tried to figure this one out (“An arena of ideas for downtown”).
I thought I had read previously that the new football stadium that the university had to have attracts a handful of people for the games. The university located the stadium on campus so students would attend games, which they weren’t doing when the games were at the Rubber Bowl.
What makes the mayor, who should keep his nose out of the University of Akron’s affairs, think that an arena would be a good investment? Enrollment at the university is declining, and income levels of average Akron residents are stagnant, if not declining.
Students won’t attend events at an arena any more than they do at the stadium. The average resident will think twice before spending the mortgage money on an event at the university.
The university doesn’t have the funding for an arena. The city doesn’t have the funding, either, and, if it does, it should be funding the sewer project instead of having the citizens pay for it. Citizens don’t want to pay for a new arena through more taxation.
Would an arena be a nice addition to the university or downtown? I guess so, but someone has to pay for it and pay for the upkeep.
I suggest that we do what normal people have always done, put this on the wish list, and save the money to make it happen.
If something comes along that is more important, that’s the way it goes. You can’t have everything you want in life. Most adults realize this fact and deal with it.
The university and city should build what they can afford to build and keep up without putting the citizens of Akron in any more debt.
We are already seeing people leaving Akron for the outlying areas. Does the mayor want this trend to continue? Keep taxing people to death for items we don’t need, and that’s exactly what will happen.
More than an opinion
I’m appalled and astonished at the biblical illiteracy in our country. Phil Robertson was not expressing his personal beliefs, views or opinions.
He was quoting the Bible, I Corinthians 6:9-10, when he said, “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”
Then he added his own words, “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” He stated God’s word and law, which are far more important than any human being’s opinions.
Why was the uproar only about the Bible verses about homosexuals and not about his remarks about picking cotton with black people and not hearing complaints about white people?
That was his personal view, based on what he had observed, which, of course, is not a universal truth like the Bible verses.
Job for voters
Congress is cutting federal workers’ pensions. Members of Congress already have a pension system far superior to private pensions. But the interesting thing is, there is no indication that Congress is willing to cut its own pensions.
Congress is not under the same rules as the rest of the public.
The solution, as each member comes up for re-election, is for us to put them in the unemployment line.
Start over, in space
What if all of the world’s influential icons unite and ask governing bodies to use the new worlds — Mars, the moon and the mineable asteroids — to advance the welfare of everyone on Earth, before the first Martian or lunar settlement is built?
They could ask China, Russia, the United States, countries that have explored space at the cost of human lives, to govern collectively, establishing societies based on best practices to uplift all nations. They could agree to have no weapons on the new worlds (there are no wild animals to fend off, no indigenous people to seize land from) because we have learned that weapons wreak unfathomable horror.
The three nations could agree to reserve a seat on each of their space flights for a trained crew member from among the poorest countries in the world, a first step to bringing fringe nations into the fold.
Space travels feeds the soul like nothing else. Those seminal space settlements are our second chance to get us right. We cannot reboot society here because of history, war, myth and lineage. We reek of baubles, trinkets, “pharma-soothicals” and false hope.
A space economy, an endeavor truly worthy of the human spirit, is our last, desperate chance to save us all.
Time to build a winning team
Bill Parcels’ first-year record with the New York Giants was 3-12-1. Chuck Noll went 1-13, 5-9 and 6-8 in his first three years with the Steelers. Bill Walsh was 2-14 and 6-10 with the 49ers.
Tom Landry’s first five seasons with the Cowboys were 0-11-1, 4-9-1, 5-8-1, 4-10 and 5-8-1.
Bill Belichick went 6-10 in his first season and 7-9 in the next two seasons. He was 5-11 in his first season as the Patriots’ head coach.
Jimmy Johnson took the Cowboys to 1-15 and 7-9 his first two seasons.
Bud Grant was 3-8-3 in his first season as the Vikings’ head coach.
If you were asked by the Browns to interview for the job, would you believe the owner would give you sufficient time to build a winning team?
Mark Ira Kaufman
Strutting, not governing
Did we really need congressional hearings to investigate the problems that have occurred with the Obamacare website? Couldn’t a couple of good IT guys do the job?
Or were the hearings just another opportunity for those legislators who hate Obamacare to primp and preen in what has become a widely covered, media-complicit event.
The public has the opportunity to watch as our gerrymandered-into-office officials bask in their own perceived glory as they bully and berate those who are summoned to their inquisition.
Can’t we find some other way for these guardians of democracy to fan their patriotic plumage, one that doesn’t require so much time and government expense? Perhaps an annual contest on the order of the Miss America Pageant would do the job.
Maybe once they got the strutting out of their systems, they could actually get down to the business of serious governance. That would include legislating and discussing legislation as opposed to bloviating, obstructing and exacerbating an already hostile environment.
Let’s get some work done instead of wasting the taxpayers’ time and money.
Communication skills needed
The Civility Project isn’t about process, as some political scientists would have it. It’s how we communicate with each other (“Civility Project will ask public to give opinions,” Dec. 26).
In the Beacon Journal’s efforts to foster civility in public discourse, there are far better qualified individuals to undertake the project than political scientists.
Personally, I would look forward to the participation of local communication professors, who, unfortunately, seem strangely quiet about all this.
Hello, University of Akron School of Communication.
Good start to their education
I would like to commend the Akron Public Schools preschool program.
It is open to children with special needs. The teachers and therapists do a great job of making sure the children have a good start in life and with their education.
As an APS bus driver, it has been my privilege to drive the special needs children to school every day. They bring a lot of joy to my day.
Keep up the good work, Akron Public Schools.