Would someone please urge Akron City Councilman Russ Neal to step out of his bubble and recognize that abolishing observance of Columbus Day will not “correct the wrongs of the genocide that took place” (‘‘Akron proposal would prohibit Columbus Day,’’ Aug. 24)?

Those wrongs remain wrongs. History cannot be changed.

Neal is apparently a believer in “government creep,” i.e., that it somehow now is the duty of government to impose a single, uniform, unchallenged and so obviously correct interpretation of history — to the exclusion of all other interpretations. He apparently also believes “multiculturalism” is dead, so government must step in and interpret everything for everyone.

I regret that there are people who “don’t want to be reminded of what … ancestors went through,” for those who refuse to remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

The violence inflicted by and upon those with whom we disagree is, simply, un-American, as Councilman Bruce Kilby has pointed out.

Such behavior will reduce the American dream to the chaos of the Weimar Republic, where a paralyzed central government was powerless against violent street gangs at war over which form of socialism, communist or fascist, would attain power.

The Rev. Michael B. Smith

Immaculate Conception of Mary Parish

Akron

Keep Columbus

I disagree with City Councilman Russ Neal’s call to abolish Columbus Day in Akron. The American Indians he proposes to honor instead were guilty of taking slaves, torture and human sacrifice.

I believe it is Neal’s desire for attention that motivates him. Please don’t deny honoring Columbus for bravery in being the first to cross an ocean and discovering a new continent.

John Lenarduzzi

Akron

Taking a knee

Some of our Browns kneeled recently during the national anthem. I understand their desire to protest racial discrimination; however, they only succeeded in delivering a slap in the face to the members of our military.

While our men and women in uniform, of all races and religions, are putting their lives on the line, these so-called athletes get to stay home with their families and collect millions of dollars for boring us to death with their subpar performance on the field.

What an embarrassment to Northeast Ohio and the entire NFL.

Steve Shirey

Former Browns fan

Kent

It didn’t happen as she recollects

Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened is the most recent example of her penchant for creating history.

Like her sniper fire story, this one alluding to Trump’s stalking attempt at intimidating her during the October 2016 debate is belied by video coverage of the actual event. She is the one maneuvering in front of Trump as he stands stoically next to his lectern.

Her pre-debate training included the stalking scenario she describes, so perhaps she “mis-recollects” the timeline.

Don Oliver

Akron