I’m feeling especially sad and fed up. For the fourth time since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the nation’s highest court has deadlocked because Senate Republicans have refused to even hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy.

The latest 4-4 vote centered on whether the Obama administration could offer protection from detention and deportation to millions of families living here in the U.S. In its one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, the court announced the deadlock, meaning that the programs the president created to protect these deserving immigrant families will remain blocked from going into effect. Countless families, communities and businesses will suffer as a result.

If there had been one more justice on the court, 4 million people would be rejoicing today. Instead, this “decision” will dramatically change — possibly forever — the lives of millions of immigrants who, like so many before them, came here in search of safety, freedom and a better a life.

Because the Supreme Court does not have its full complement of nine justices, it failed, yet again, to deliver a definitive ruling in a case of national importance.

As Ohioans, we must demand that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman urge his Republican colleagues to stop their obstructionism and hold confirmation hearings on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, the supremely qualified Judge Merrick Garland.

Brian Hoffman

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Wooster

Return jobs ?to our shores

Why are we in such a financial mess? We send jobs to Mexico, China and other foreign countries.

We have to drive imported automobiles, supporting Japan and Korea. We continually get involved in wars that don’t concern us, costing billions. You could say our war efforts are perhaps necessary, as we have always tried to protect other countries.

We continue to borrow from China at high interest rates. Maybe China will loan us a couple billion dollars to fix our infrastructure.

We should do all possible to bring jobs back to the United States. Give these multinational companies a tax break when they provide good-paying jobs to American workers.

The money made in the United States would flood the system, paying city, state and federal taxes. We have to generate money to solve this mess we are in.

It takes no genius to figure out why this country is in its present condition. Let’s not add to our troubles and elect Donald Trump. He is not the answer.

Fred C. Pall

Norton

No example ?for children

We lost count of the number of times LeBron James used expletives on national television during the Cleveland parade on June 22. This is how he is raising his children? This is the “example” he presents to children in his family foundation?

We have watched LeBron play basketball since he was a student at St. Vincent-St. Mary. He is no hero after June 22 to me and my wife.

Anne and Marshall Pierson

Cuyahoga Falls

Struggle for ?something better

June 22, 2016, should be marked down as the day when House Democrats stood up to the bought-and-sold Republican majority. These Democratic representatives just wanted to have the House vote on two gun issues, neither of which would take away any rights of law-abiding people but would make our country safer.

The Democrats staged a sit-in in the great American tradition of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the sit-down strikes of the labor movement.

The courage of these lawmakers should make us proud. Nothing has ever been gained in America without a struggle. The better angels of our nature are on the march again.

Kenneth Blackerby

Akron