They say everything you need to know about life, you learn in kindergarten. Well, it’s time for a kindergarten refresher course.

Lesson one: Boys and girls, we must learn to share and take turns. There is no cutting in line. You must wait patiently when it’s not your turn. All it takes is one cycle of traffic lights at an intersection to see firsthand how many adults have forgotten this most basic rule of a civilized society.

The incidents of red-light running have reached epidemic proportions. There are regular reports of fatalities and serious injuries caused by a driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign or red light. I witness at least a dozen red-light runners in my daily travels around Cuyahoga Falls, especially at Portage Trail and State Road.

Maybe it’s a reminder of lesson two that is needed: The world does not revolve around you. You must show respect and care for the common good. Or lesson three: Please put away distracting items so you can pay attention to what you are doing.

I am trying to teach new drivers how to be safe and courteous. More often than not, my instructions are geared toward watching the increasing number of drivers who couldn’t care less about being safe and courteous. A green light now means waiting for two or three drivers who don’t feel their red light pertains to them.

There is no excuse for running a red light. Slow down, get off your phone, share the road, take turns and just maybe we can all play safely and respectfully together in this playground we call life.

Terrie Kiley

Cuyahoga Falls

Violence on both sides

I believe the newspaper has missed an “uncomfortable truth”: Violence is unfortunately not just a part of the “alt-right” (white nationalist movement). It can also be found within the far-left and anarchist movements. To say that one side opposes such violence while the other embraces it is a very selective view of both news and history.

The violence perpetrated by an “alt-right” supporter in Charlottesville, Va., is sickening; but so are death threats issued to organizers and participants in the demonstration.

It is just as condemnable when an elected official from Missouri seemingly approves of language calling for the assassination of the president of the United States, and it is no better when leftists organize to physically resist other demonstrators they disapprove of.

There is entirely too much hate all over the spectrum. Putting all the blame on one group, no matter how extreme, does not help.

Robert E. Williams II

Akron

Delivered like a president

I listened to President Donald Trump’s speech about Afghanistan on Monday night. He spoke like a president of the United States. It was very interesting, and he spoke with knowledge, sincerity and honesty. He spoke plainly and with hopeful, positive thoughts.

I am cheering him on to become a very good president.

Catherine McPherson

Akron