I am so proud of President Obama’s choice of principle over political pandering in expressing support for same-sex marriage. This is a civil rights issue, and he has taken the proper stand.
You don’t think gay men, lesbians and transgendered citizens should receive “special treatment”? Well, neither do I.
There has been enough “special treatment,” like being beaten or killed, discriminated against in work and housing and taunted in school to the point of suicide. Let it stop.
And before you tell me that the Bible is against homosexuality, please note that the Bible has been quoted in support of such other discredited policies as slavery and the treatment of women and children as property.
This president is being true to the spirit of Christianity. The Bible tells us to love our neighbor, and that includes our gay neighbor.
We’ve moved beyond endorsing those other policies, and it’s time to move past depriving one group of the rights enjoyed by the rest of U.S. citizens.
If you disapprove of same-sex marriages, I recommend you don’t enter into one.
Check and balance in health policy
In his mid-biennium budget review, Gov. John Kasich called for the elimination of the Public Health Council, the rule-making body for the Ohio Department of Health.
Rules are adopted, rescinded and amended to assure the public’s health. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, hospice care programs, lead hazard abatement, poison control prevention, nursing homes, private water systems, public swimming pools and spas, and general radiation protection standards.
The council is a nonbiased body that works with the department’s director to assure a check and balance in the rule-making process that protects the public health of the citizens.
In the debate on the council’s future, cumbersome proceedings have been mentioned.
As a member of the Public Health Council, I stand willing to work with Dr. Theodore Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health, to streamline the process and propose changes to the current statute. The Public Health Council, an independent decision-making body, should not be eliminated.
Look at the record and the results
I have known and campaigned for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown since he was first elected to Congress. He has maintained his integrity and dedicated service to all of his Ohio constituents.
While I do honor the service in the Marines that Josh Mandel gave to his country, I, too, am a veteran, but that does not make me a good politician.
Brown has been fighting for everyone. He has fought for child care, education, Middle America and the elderly his entire time in government. Many programs would not exist if it wasn’t for his determination to do the right thing for all people.
Don’t believe the commercials you see, look at the record and the results.
No one should ever vote for or against someone due to a commercial. We must keep Brown’s drive, determination and fight in Washington. It is not time for someone with no experience.
Fee for no service
I agree with James Carroll about the city alarm fee (“Alarming fee,” May 6). Why is Carroll paying it to the city of Akron? We don’t get the alarm system from the city, so why should we have to pay a fee?