The March 15 editorial “Schooled in the absurd” left out an important aspect in the supposed conundrum facing the Akron Public Schools in rehiring Scott Bennett due to his failure to disclose convictions for assault and telephone harassment when hired in 2006.
No mention was made about the obligation of the Akron Public Schools to abide by the rule of law, a bedrock principle in our justice system. The school board’s argument that Bennett is “statutorily unemployable” and therefore cannot be rehired because of his background offenses has been heard and rejected by the Akron Civil Service Commission, the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and the Ninth District Ohio Court of Appeals. The Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
Those ruling constitute the rule of law regardless of whether Akron Public Schools agrees with them. Seemingly, in snubbing these rulings, the board refuses to recognize the legitimacy of any judicial examination of its practices. The board’s posture is arrogant and unacceptable.
No complicated intervention by the state auditor is necessary to resolve this impasse, as the editorial suggests. The resolution is far simpler. The Akron Public Schools should be compelled to comply with the courts’ decisions or be held in contempt for failing to do so, just like any other litigant.
Kevin J. Breen
Good for Rob Portman
Kudos to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. He has the heart of the Bible and of a father. When he decided to listen to Christ when Christ said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” Portman was following the Bible.
When he made public his decision to change his stance against gay marriage, he was showing his love for his son. And the thanks he received from his friends in the Republican Party?
From Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values in Cincinnati: “For him to try to influence public policy because of a tragic situation in his family, I do not see that as changing the views of the voters in Ohio.”
It is obvious that Burress’ idea of values is intolerance and bigotry. What makes him think Portman is trying to change anyone’s view? Who is Burress to decide what is a “tragic situation”?
Guess what, we live in the United States, where we are supposed to have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Or is that only for straight men and women?
Jonathan C. Plant
Scripted for violence
In looking through the Enjoy section Thursday, I noticed that more than 40 movies were described. Of those, some two dozen used the word “violent” in the description.
Others warned of content such as “scary action” or “strong sex content, drug use and language.”
Instead of blaming inanimate guns, it is time to go to the cause.
We are passively feeding our children a steady diet of violence and expecting there to be no repercussions. Toss in violent video games, the increase in electronic rather than human interaction and loose family structure, and you have a recipe for disasters which seem to be threatening the stability of our children.
It seems violence “sells.” Is that OK? There is an elephant in the room we are ignoring at our own peril.
Janis K. Seward