Regarding the April 17 article ‘‘Akron may spend less on addicts’ treatment,’’ I applaud Akron for trying new things to help this problem.

However, Bob Hoch, who said, ‘‘If those people would behave themselves out there, we could pave twice as many streets,” is an uneducated city councilman.

Hoch is very fortunate not to have anyone in his family with the disease — addiction is a disease by all medical criteria.

Just behave? He makes it sound so simple. Why doesn’t he tell the families of the 64,000 Americans and the 300 Summit County residents who lost their lives just to behave themselves? Addiction, like other diseases, is very complicated.

Hoch should educate himself: See Dr. Nicole Labor’s Addiction 101 video on YouTube and go to a Nar-Anon meeting for family and friends of loved ones with addiction. At our Nar-Anon meeting we offer support to hurting people by sharing experiences, strength and hope.

I am a mother of an addict, and until you have walked in my shoes, you have no right to comment.

Linda Davis

Clinton

Student backs Woodridge levy

The Woodridge school district has a levy May 8 that we need the community to vote for. It does mean that your taxes will be raised, but it also means that Woodridge will be able to continue to provide a great educational system and safe school community.

If this levy doesn’t pass, many extracurricular activities and many sports would not be available to students. Woodridge is all about academic excellence, but its extracurriculars and sports are what make it a phenomenal school.

One of the extracurriculars I am involved in is Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Through FCCLA, I have been able to improve my leadership skills, improve my communication skills and, most important, help others. I have raised over $11,000 for homeless people in Summit County with the help of FCCLA.

Sports, meanwhile, create skills like leadership and collaboration in students. Limiting sports limits these skills. Also likely to be eliminated if the levy fails are advanced placement and honors classes. During my four years at Woodridge, I have taken 11 honors and six AP classes. These classes have benefited my education and advancement to college.

Electives would also be limited. As a result, fine arts, family and consumer sciences and business electives that teach valuable skills would not be available.

There are many reasons to vote for Issue 5; please support it because of what it does for you and your community.

Lana Norris

Granger Township

Primary choices

I would much rather have a governor like Dennis Kucinich with an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association than a five-time Jeopardy! winner with an “A” rating from the NRA.

Anita Collins

Akron

For Issue 1

Gerrymandering breeds extremist partisan candidates, and then extremist bickering in legislative houses. If you are as sick and repulsed by this as I am, please vote for State Issue 1 on May 8.

Brian Eckart

Akron