Statesmen for civil rights

Let us remind the writer of “Politically correct to the extreme” (May 21), who decries transgender people, of a couple things:

First, if one believes in an all-knowing and all-powerful God, one must also acknowledge that God doesn’t make mistakes. The plumbing and/or psychological issues we refer to as gender misclarity must be part of the Almighty’s plan — the quilted, colorful, sometimes frayed fabric of the life he intended for us. We should embrace it. Those who can’t should look to the 11th Commandment (John 13:34).

Second, the writer should take note that Barack Obama is not the first president to step in after a bigoted state official tried to encroach on a people’s civil rights. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln believed civil rights were worth going to war over. In 1957, Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, Ark., when Orval Faubus tried to prevent integration of the city’s schools. In 1963, John Kennedy threatened to federalize the Alabama National Guard when George Wallace refused to integrate the University of Alabama. Note that two of these presidents were Republicans. All were statesmen.

Now it is Obama’s turn.

Jeff Davis

Akron

Complicated with Clinton

Donald Trump has exposed a lot of people for what they are, and opened a lot of eyes. The media are particularly upset because he played them like a banjo. This time they are out to get even.

Staffs of media investigators are trying to find anything bad about Trump. However, their mission is complicated by having to hide Hillary Clinton’s ineptness.

When the fact that she has accomplished nothing, and lies, is added to a long history of scandals, including recent ones such as Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation, emails and being under investigation by the FBI, the media becomes overwhelmed. They need help from the Pentagon, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.

It’s taking a village to make Hillary look competent.

Gary Eaton

Stow

Utility customer feels the burn

I — the rate-paying customer — will be handed the bill for FirstEnergy’s security enhancements to be provided for the Republican convention in Cleveland (“FirstEnergy charged up for RNC festivities,” May 18). The GOP is kicking in nothing toward the cost.

The last I heard the Republican Party is a private organization, some of whose donors are plutocrats making literally more in a day than you or I do in a lifetime.

I, for one, am not so sure how much of a boon this shindig will actually be for Cleveland and its businesses.

Patrick A. Lofgren

Akron