In the Feb. 9 letter “Wayward walkers in all weather,” a Goodyear Heights resident makes the point that a Feb. 6 article (“Walking to school presents dangers”) was overly sympathetic to snow-inconvenienced teenagers.
The writer’s experience with East High students is that they prefer the streets any month of the year — not just when residents fail to keep sidewalks clear. My wife and I have lived 50 years on one of the main side streets leading from the East High basin. Many homeowners like ourselves can affirm it.
We recently finished paying off a 10-year assessment for new sidewalks, curbs and tree lawns in Goodyear Heights, making sidewalks safe and attractive for walking to and from East High. I’m nearly 80, but do what I can to clear walks after major storms.
To what end? So, apparently, that we can watch as sidewalks are ignored, motorists intimidated, and traffic impeded. Candy and fast-food litter are discarded on the tree lawns. We’ve seen it all — and not infrequently, loud, bad language and fistfights.
In the same Feb. 9 edition, Bob Dyer mentions Keep Akron Beautiful, which makes neighborhood beautification awards and urges citizens to get involved in anti-littering campaigns. I hope the campaign will help get the message to parents and schools to make students more responsible citizens during and after school hours.
If that doesn’t work, maybe $100 should be a reward for information leading to the arrest of the most egregious offenders.
Robert D. Creswell
What Russia wants in Ukraine
I wish to thank the Beacon Journal for periodically including articles about the “people’s revolution” in Ukraine.
This is one of the largest countries in Europe. Zbigniew Brzezinski, an expert on Eastern Europe, has written that Russia cannot re-establish its former empire without Ukraine. That is why Russia is trying so often to meddle in Ukraine’s internal affairs to influence it to lean toward Russia and not Europe. Russia would like again to make Ukraine its puppet.
For hundreds of years, Russia, as an empire, has caused problems for Europe and for the whole world in the 20th century. For a peaceful future in Europe and the world, it is critical to prevent Russia from empire-building.
Therefore it is important for the West to support Ukraine’s independence so that its people can prevent its embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, from becoming a Russian-leaning dictator. The Beacon Journal is helping its readers to understand the complex situation existing in Ukraine.
Nestor W. Shust