David James, superintendent of the Akron Public Schools, has said that because of declining enrollment, the remainder of the schools that were promised to us will not be built. I feel that there is not declining enrollment, but different enrollment.

People are open-enrolling their children to other schools in droves. Schools in outlying areas such as Coventry are full. Hundreds of kids are in charter schools. The families are still here. We need to give people a reason to keep their children in their own neighborhood school.

Firestone Park is a historic, stable neighborhood. A big part of Akron’s history began here. If Garfield High School and Firestone Park Elementary are closed, there would be a steady decline in one of the last stable communities in Akron.

I feel this is sabotage against the city of Akron. Neighborhoods are being destroyed. I don’t want to hear the phrase “tough choices.” We were promised these schools would be built. We’ve been waiting patiently for our turn. Now, it’s, “Oh, sorry, there’s no more money.”

We now know that promises mean nothing. If another school levy comes up, how can the school district be trusted to give us what we were promised? There was no “fine print” in the city income tax increase approved by Akron voters for school construction.

I’m sure people would be surprised that a citizens monitoring committee that was supposed to review school construction budgeting was dismantled in 2009.

Lydia Freed

Akron

Editor’s note: The committee was disbanded because it lacked a quorum, or participants.

What happened ?in the Bush years

The writer of the June 11 letter “What Clinton isn’t saying” encouraged readers to read a book by Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash. I’m sure that when the author wrote the book, he already had an opinion of the Clintons that was unfavorable and that before the letter writer read it, he, too, had an opinion that was totally negative.

I suggest reading What Happened, by Scott McClellan. He was George W. Bush’s press secretary.

McClellan came to realize that people in the administration were committing serious lies to get us into a war that we had no justification for getting into. The primary culprit and liar was Dick Cheney.

Going to war resulted in the destabilization of the entire Middle East and the creation of ISIS. The lies resulted in the loss of 4,300 American lives and 30,000 Americans wounded, who have overwhelmed the VA.

Hillary Clinton has been convicted of nothing. If people want to call her a liar, all of it seems pale compared to the exploits of the Bush administration.

I’ve been waiting for a long time for people from the Bush administration to be charged for what they did.

Many say that Hillary Clinton voted to give the Bush administration the authority to go to war in Iraq, but they forget that she was lied to just like the American public. Which is more serious? What Schweizer claims or what McClellan, a true Bush follower and staunch Republican, says?

John S. Bennett

Macedonia

Creation of ?the media

An oaf in the White House? Members of the media are asking, “How could this happen?” The most surprising thing is that they are surprised.

From the very day that man declared his candidacy, they, both on air and in print, were right there capturing and quoting every word. At first, it was treated as a joke, but it has continued, and it is no longer funny.

If ever there was a person unfit to sit in the Oval Office, it is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.

Y. Grace Porter

Akron