I am outraged at Chris Cox’s letter to U.S. senators, which said the National Rifle Association will punish lawmakers who vote in favor of the Toomey-Manchin compromise. If passed, the legislation would require background checks for those who purchase a gun.
Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA, warned senators that “votes on all anti-gun amendments or proposals will be considered in NRA’s future candidate evaluations.”
In other words, those who defy the NRA edict will most likely lose financial support. It’s bad enough to watch a smug Wayne LaPierre strut like a peacock as he brags about his influence in Washington, but the audacity to publicly threaten senators is beyond conceit.
Perhaps, before the senators vote, it might be worth their while to ask Mitt Romney or Josh Mandel how well the NRA’s millions of dollars worked for them.
I’m not naïve enough to believe that most members of Congress are not bought. However, the current situation is a glaring result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, which allows unlimited political expenditures by corporations.
It’s past time for citizens to demand that their representatives listen to their constituents and do the job they’re elected to do.
In addition to courting the Latino and “47 percent” vote, politicians should concern themselves with the approximately 90 percent of Americans who insist on some form of gun control. These are the people who will remember the legislators’ votes when they go to the polls.
First consolidate school districts
After failing twice to pass a combined permanent improvements levy and bond issue, the Coventry school district is asking voters a third time. As they have done twice before, voters should vote against this issue, on the May 7 ballot.
The primary and secondary educational system in southern Summit County is highly inefficient, and can only be made more efficient by consolidating districts.
I obtained the salaries for the superintendents of the six districts in southern Summit County (Coventry, Green, Springfield, Manchester, Norton and Barberton).
The total salary of all six superintendents is approximately $728,000. The total enrollment for these six districts is approximately 16,200.
In contrast, Akron pays its one superintendent $175,000 for an enrollment of about 22,600.
But a superintendent’s salary is only one of the costly expenditures. Duplication of curriculum directors, financial officers and school bus garages greatly increases the cost of operating a school district.
If we were to consolidate, we would spend less money on outdated buildings and duplicate staffs.
Let’s spend our money more wisely, thereby offering students and taxpayers a more efficient system.
Vote against the Coventry issue on May 7, then work to consolidate districts so that students can receive the quality education they deserve at a price taxpayers can afford.
Up a tree over cormorants
Several weeks ago, the paper ran an article about the cormorant population at the Portage Lakes (“Harassment tactics slated to relocate cormorants,” March 19).
Recently, wildlife officials decided to try to relocate these annoying and damaging birds. By the looks of the perching birds on the island in question, it doesn’t appear to be successful. However, the bangs and pows that have gone on every day for the past several weeks are successful at making my dog, and I’m sure other dogs, a basket case.
The Fourth of July brings enough bangs. The island is damaged, and, quite frankly, it is an eyesore.
We demolish unkempt structures. Why not simply cut down or burn the darn trees down. The birds can’t perch without trees.