In 1847, Akron was in the forefront of education, setting the model adopted by the state of Ohio. Today, Akron continues to lead the way, bringing the first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics middle school to the state.
As a teacher at the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM School, I see the difference we are making with each child to become part of the solution for the community. Akron city schools provide, with the support of the community and local businesses, the opportunity for the work force of the future to sustain our city.
While living in a community outside Akron 10 years ago, my husband and I became discouraged with a school system that continued to cut school programming and robbed our children of the education they needed and deserved.
We moved to take advantage of the programs offered by the Akron Public Schools. Our children thrived at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts as well as at Firestone High School, through the International Baccalaureate and Post-Secondary education opportunities. Their academic scores and preparedness earned substantial scholarships and honors at the college level.
As a parent and teacher, I know that good jobs require a solid education for a strong economy. Without a new levy, we will all forfeit a quality education and add a burden to Akron’s economy.
Let’s keep Akron in the forefront of education by voting for Issue 61.
A record of job creation
The central theme of this election is jobs and choosing candidates with a proven record of job creation. In Northeast Ohio, it’s Betty Sutton in the 16th U.S. House District.
Sutton played a critical role in the revitalization of the auto industry. The CARS Act, which she sponsored, helped make General Motors the largest carmaker in the world and put the U.S. auto industry back on top.
Not only did Sutton revive an industry that is connected to 800,000 jobs in Ohio alone, she is continuing the fight to create American jobs.
Sutton is a sponsor of the American Jobs First Initiative, a series of bills aimed at creating jobs here in America and stopping rewards to corporations that ship jobs overseas.
Sutton’s opponent, Jim Renacci, has no such record. Renacci and his Republican friends have been nothing but obstructionist.
Renacci has been a proud follower of the Republican leadership, voting with them 93 percent of the time.
He votes with the party that wants to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class, without offering new solutions.
Sutton has and will continue to create jobs. We need to put Renacci out of a job.
Devoted to healing body and spirit
I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside Dr. Terry Gordon and must add my voice to the loud chorus of congratulations for an honor that’s richly deserved.
Dr. Gordon is the personification of selfless humility. His contributions to the lives of his patients and the professional development of his peers extends far beyond the halls of medical institutions.
His caring devotion to healing transcends the human body and involves each human spirit, as well. For him, each person is uniquely important. His smile and humor are infectious, and there is a graceful gentleness that makes even the smallest amount of time with him memorable.
Dr. Gordon is a gift to cherish. Thanks to the selection committee for choosing this wonderful person to honor with the 2012 Polsky Humanitarian Award.