When looking at the March 8 front page, I was surprised to see the headline, “Goodyear workers protest.”
As I read further, I found out the workers were not in Akron, or at any Goodyear plant in this country, but at the Goodyear plant in Rueil-Malmaison, France, which is losing 1,200 jobs to China.
Several protesters had brief clashes with riot police.
I know firsthand that losing a job is devastating. It has happened to many factory workers in the Akron area. The plant shutdowns and moves began sometime in the 1970s.
Numerous good jobs left this area, never to return.
Look at the Big Four rubber shops. General Tire is gone, and look where Firestone and Goodrich are today.
For some reason, Goodyear has stabilized its Akron operations, which I believe is due to sensible negotiations concerning the company and its unions.
You talk about protesting, we all had every reason in the world to protest, watching thousands upon thousands of jobs vanish from Akron and outlying areas. We had no thoughts of protesting, but definitely got caught up in what you could call a job-loss trend at that period of time.
Those unemployed workers, who lost many good-paying jobs, forged forward with a positive attitude, and somehow we made it without protesting.
Fred C. Pall
I have attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Akron for quite a few years now. Last week’s was the best so far.
I was glad to see the University of Akron represented for a change.
Michael F. d’Amico
Place of hope and strength
Thank you for printing the March 4 article regarding the Interval Brotherhood Home (“Rehab center emphasizes success rate, widens scope”). It was encouraging.
It was nice to read that in spite of the previous problems that occurred, which required the resignation of Father Sam, the mission on which it was founded is going forward.
Our daughter lived there briefly during Father Sam’s tenure and gained much-needed strength and hope. In spite of the turmoil and negativity that occurred when problems developed with Father Sam, I will always believe his heart was in the right place.
It’s a shame that a place that has helped so many has to be publicly funded to function.
Thank God for the Haven of Rest and the people who believe in it enough to keep it going forward.
We would be terribly blind not to see what a horrible problem drugs and alcohol are in our society.
What happened to the game?
I am writing in response to the story about Akron Aeros promotions (“Aeros promotions test limits of taste,” March 7).
I guess I’m from the old days, when you went to a baseball game, sat in the sunshine, drank a few beers, ate some peanuts and left the ballpark remembering the score.
Now, they don’t even want you to remember who won.
Next, we’ll have it all digested and fed to us on a smart phone.
Risk of injury or death
In two rebuttal letters to the March 5 letter “Toll of legal abortion,” the writers ignored facts, just as the mainstream media do (“Women deciding for themselves,” March 10 and “Add perspective, not fear,” March 11).
The risks and deaths associated with legal abortion are even higher than those referred to in the March 5 letter.
What most people don’t know is that reporting these incidences has no standards, and the Centers for Disease Control often skews the statistics by coding the deaths as associated with a secondary cause, such as sepsis from a perforated uterus or colon during the abortion procedure.
There are minimal standards for reporting injuries or deaths to state health departments and unenforced or nonexistent consequences.
The health department standards for animal clinics are often stricter than those for abortion centers.
Many centers are ill-equipped for emergencies or ignore the consequences altogether.
Many abortionists are ill-trained to handle the abortion procedure itself, which increases the risk of injuries and deaths.
If you go to a hospital for any other surgery, you are told of all the risks, must give a detailed medical history and must sign multiple forms.
You can’t expect the same at an abortion facility, hence the increased injuries and deaths.
This is not conjecture. Injuries and deaths to women from abortion are not rare; they are just underreported by both the government and mainstream media.
Accurate and documented publications and lawsuits are extensive, but are quashed and ignored by the lucrative and legal abortion industry.
This is the reality of abortion, notwithstanding the loss of the life in the womb.
The creation of life is not a “problem” or a “privacy” issue. It is a fact, and ending that life is not health care.
In addition, contraception is not the answer, it is the problem. Planned Parenthood in our schools teaches that when — not if — you have sex, you should use contraception. If a pregnancy results, then just terminate it. This is not personal responsibility.
Our culture is desensitized to violence, rationalizes the consequences and the unborn child is sacrificed as a result.
Abortion and other threats to life such as embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide and euthanasia are every bit as evil as murder.
Mother Teresa said that if a nation allows a mother to kill her own child, then it can’t tell other people not to kill one another.
We must improve the morality in this country and protect the rights granted to us and our posterity, which refers to those not yet born.
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Let women regulate their lives
Too many men are legislating women’s business.
Male chauvinism is alive but sick. It’s contradictory that many of the same people (mainly, men) in leadership roles, who demand minimum business regulation, attempt to legislate total control of women’s reproductive decisions.
Actions of the “pro-life” movement would be far more supportable if its priorities focused on the heartbeats of people already in our midst — the hungry, disabled, homeless and mentally challenged.
For all we know, the next pro-life campaign could lead to cadres of reproductive police officers prosecuting eggs that fail to produce a person.
Gentlemen, step back and allow women to regulate their lives, at least until we’ve looked after the needy folks long ago born into our midst.
Lack of school funding
I have great difficulty with our governor and our state legislature when it comes to the funding of public education, municipalities and townships.
He and his administration have decided to rob Peter to pay Paul, thereby leaving us (the property owners) the burden of paying for their income tax cut and other cuts, which are directly aimed at upper-income brackets.
Every time we turn around, we have a levy on the ballot for school funding, fire protection and police protection. This is directly related to Gov. Kasich and his cuts.
Our governor claims that he is the education savior, and yet most school districts lack the funds to support his ideals. What a disgrace.
Since school districts are claiming to be short of funds, why not let the state take over the districts and see how well it does?
If has been 15 years since the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the way public education is funded is unconstitutional, yet we are still experiencing the same old problems.
Maybe the Supreme Court should now find the state of Ohio in contempt and incarcerate the entire legislature for not abiding its ruling.
Payback for breaking ranks?
So the two Republican members of the Summit County Board of Elections are demanding a probe of retired Republican Sheriff Drew Alexander’s campaign funds (“County to probe ex-sheriff expense,” March 6).
Are we to assume that they would have demanded such a probe if last year Alexander had backed the Republican candidate to be his successor instead of the winning Democrat?