Now that President Obama has revealed himself as the purveyor of “no hope” and “change for the worse,” he demonstrates his frustration, despair and anger by resorting to division and jealousy.

He pits the rich against the middle class, homosexuals against heterosexuals, citizens against illegal aliens and taxpayers against the permanent entitlement society. He has no accomplishments; therefore, he resorts to other tactics to divert attention from the lack of accomplishments or solutions.

Unlike Ronald Reagan, who won 49 states in his second term as president in a sweeping personal triumph and a mandate for his policies, vision and accomplishments, Obama leaves a scorched earth full of despair, unsolved problems and unfulfilled promises.

Obama inherited a tough situation, but instead of delivering on his campaign promises of lowering unemployment, kicking the lobbyists out, reducing the deficit and bringing greater transparency than any president before, he has increased unemployment, added lobbyists, dramatically increased the deficits and rammed legislation down our throats.

“But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” Nancy Pelosi said.

This is not to mention the jobs lost when Obama refused to approve the Keystone pipeline.

He has neglected to address the two largest deficit problems in this country: Medicare and Social Security. Everyone knows this; however, he has refused to address them for almost four years. Instead, he wants to know where Romney’s tax returns are. Who cares?

It should be painfully clear that the former state senator from Illinois who voted “present” is incapable of problem-solving or accountability, and is instead content to be the consummate political demagogue.

Re-electing him would be foolishness; doing the same thing again but expecting different results.

If you really want to understand Obama’s agenda, see Dinesh D’Souza’s movie 2016: Obama’s America and see the people who have had the greatest influence in his life. You will understand why Obama’s vision is not our founders’ vision for this great country.

Gary W. Kirr

Akron

Low road ?of suppression

I think the Republican Party has fallen to an all-time low.

Its members contend it is the party of values. They have had four years to plan and manipulate who can vote and when.

Please look up information about the American Legislative Exchange Council. Republican state legislators meet with big business on how to win. They don’t ask voters what they want. Republicans have narrowed access to the ballot in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

They should be transparent and talk about issues with Democrats.

I don’t think it’s very American to plan on suppressing the vote.

My cousin was killed in Vietnam. Thousands of Americans were killed in Iraq with George Bush’s war to give those people the right to vote.

Republicans have made a mockery of those who died for freedom. Now, here in America, billionaires tell us how to vote. Republicans are so unsure of their policies, they need to manipulate voting.

How sad for Americans. Please follow the money.

Jackie Luli

Green

Muddying the ?charter changes

I feel the editorial regarding proposed charter changes muddied an already muddy situation rather than clarifying it (“Packaged to please,” Aug. 22).

The proposed charter change regarding the Akron City Council would do three things: Change ward council member terms from two years to four years; limit pay increases for the mayor and council members to no more than the average increase in the private sector; and end staggered terms for at-large members.

Unfortunately, the proposed ballot language doesn’t mention two-year terms or ending staggered terms. Instead, the ballot language states that the change would eliminate the cost of an extra election. This language seems to disguise the true choices voters would be making.

The ballot language does not state that the current terms for ward council members would go from two years to four years.

Ballot language clearly did state that six years ago, and over 60 percent of the voters turned down the change.

In addition, the ballot language does not state that the mayor would be elected at the same time as the entire council. Electing everyone at the same time seems not to be the best idea. Staggered elections, like we have now, ensure some members in the governing structure will have knowledge of how things work when new people take office.

Voters should have the opportunity to consider this matter.

I also feel that the cap on raises for the council and the mayor is a separate issue. We should not have to vote on two separate things at the same time.

Often, voters say no to issues that seem unclear or muddled. I hope they will do so in this case.

Mary King

Akron

Handicapped by ?misunderstanding

This is in respnse to Paul Salter’s Aug. 29 letter, “Fraud in the parking lot.” Everyone who has a handicapped parking permit does not have a limp or use crutches.

Some of the people with handicapped parking permits have congestive heart failure. They look good on the outside, but on the inside they are very handicapped.

They cannot walk very far, and they use the motorized carts when they get in stores. People cannot get the handicapped parking permit without a prescription from their doctor.

The reason people pull the handicapped parking permit from their glove box is because it is illegal to drive with it on your mirror. Those who drive with it on their mirror are doing so illegally.

So, the next time you see someone you think is not handicapped in some way, think again. You cannot tell a book by its cover.

Karen Phillips

Cuyahoga Falls

Leaders make ?tough decisions

I am responding to Josh Mandel calling Sherrod Brown “un-American.” The ability to make tough decisions is what separates a leader from a follower. It is what separates a man from a boy and an experienced legislator from a young candidate.

There was nothing easy about Sen. Brown’s decision to vote on bailing out the American auto industry. It was a tough, calculated decision he made for Ohio and for America.

In 2009, there was no free-market solution, as state Treasurer Mandel likes to think.

Brown recognized this and made the tough decision to support government loans to an industry that the private banks wouldn’t touch.

Brown’s vote to save the auto industry not only created over 236,000 American jobs, and 11,300 Ohio jobs, since 2009, but also led to new technology that has returned American automakers to their place as world leaders in innovation.

Mandel can talk all day about how “right for the job” he is, but Ohioans should be skeptical of his ridiculous and disrespectful rhetoric.

A real leader has the courage of his convictions and stands up for what he believes in. Brown does this proudly every day in the U.S. Senate. Mandel seems to prefer name-calling.

Joseph Zuckerman

Columbus

In baseball, too, ?the wealthy rule

As a lifelong, ardent Cleveland Indians fan and middle-class American, I can’t escape the deeply depressing sense that I am being “screwed.” It seems hopeless.

But as gloomy as this is, what really troubles me are those who think the solution is simply to fire the manager. It doesn’t seem to matter to some people who the next guy is.

What about his intelligence, management philosophy and track record, or any possibility that things will actually improve? People have been wronged. Off with the manager’s head. Anyone could do better.

However, what baseball fans need to know is that their frustrations stem not from the failure of one man, but from a system that has gone sour.

The wealthiest of the wealthy have gained total power and have twisted the rules in their favor. In their minds, the game is not the game, but a way to make as much money as possible, to crush the competition and to extend their power and control.

All you have to do is sell people on the idea that there is hope if only you fire the manager. People are simple pawns in this system. They are nothing of consequence to the wealthy. Just a bother, actually.

The real solution is obvious. Legislate in favor of the fans by holding in check the unbridled greed of a few. If only it were the people’s government running things and not a handful of billionaires.

If only I were talking about just baseball.

Bill Bogdan

Canton