The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on behalf of the citizens of Akron would like to express our concern regarding the combined sewer overflow program.
Our concern is that if an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and the city of Akron is not approved, the taxpayers of Akron would suffer greatly. A large number of people rely on a fixed income, live month to month and struggle to pay their current bills. Significantly increasing the amount that we pay for water and sewer will have a negative effect on the already disadvantaged population of our city.
The NAACP, founded in 1909, is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Over the past 60 years, beginning with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education victory, through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and continuing to this present day, we have historically worked well with the federal government in our mission to obtain equality for all Americans on social and environmental issues that affect the health, wellness, education and dignity of all people.
With this goal in mind, we pray for a reasonable solution that will allow this sewer project to continue without adding any additional hardships that may jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of the people whom this fine organization was founded to protect. We pray that the Department of Justice and the federal court will consider the burden that would be placed upon the people of this fine city.
President, Akron NAACP
Pro-choice spin on abortion story
The article “Anti-abortion push could be slowing down” in the Aug. 3 Beacon Journal contained two inaccuracies. As is often the case in the mainstream media, they involved pro-choice spin.
First, the article stated that one of the key provisions of recent pro-life legislation “required women to see the fetus on an ultrasound.” Some 23 states have enacted laws requiring that abortion providers either perform an ultrasound before abortion, provide information about the availability of ultrasound or offer women the opportunity to see an ultrasound. They do not require women to see an ultrasound.
Ultrasounds are necessary for women’s good care in the abortion context. They accurately determine the gestational age and position of the fetus and can detect an ectopic pregnancy if present. The latter are dangerous to women if undetected.
The second inaccuracy stated, “Women … disproportionately favor abortion rights.” A recent report by Gallup stated, “Over the past three decades, men and women have consistently held similar views about the extent to which abortion should be legal.” Sometimes men and sometimes women give more pro-life responses.
A main topic considered in the article involved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks gestation. On each of five national polls this year, women generally favored the ban and were more likely to favor it than men by a margin of three to 10 percentage points. Readers who wish to avoid pro-choice spin may get accurate news on the life issues at LifeNews.com.
Raymond J. Adamek
Come together in Norton
As I sit here in Norton, relieved that Issue 1 was defeated, my mind goes to those who tried so hard to get this amendment passed and what needs to be done to put this city on the mend.
With the exception of a few isolated years, I have been a Norton resident my entire life, and there is nothing I want more for this city than for residents to find some sort of way to band together for the future of our community. This sewer issue has just about torn the city in half, and with that, there was no winner Tuesday.
I challenge both sides to clear the script, turn the page and get to work on how to move forward with regard to sewers, water, new business, the school levy in the fall and all the things that will improve the value of the city of Norton for all residents.
I am truly a citizen for Norton, not a member of Citizens 4 Norton. Let those who worked so hard to defeat this issue be humble and try to focus on the sum total, not factions, of individuals. Then we will all truly win.
Take time to talk
I should have said something. A mom was dining at a restaurant with her 3- or 4-year-old son. He was trying to get her attention. I could see she was busy trolling the Internet on her phone.
I should have said: You know, lady, when I was young, I was stupid and did not finish college right after high school. Instead, I went back when I had a job and a family, taking classes at night after working all day, and I bitterly, bitterly regret all the time I missed with my kids. To all moms and dads out there, please, put down the phone and talk to your kids. Your children are the future, and they will be gone in the blink of an eye.