I am writing in response to the writer of “Giving thanks” in the Nov. 4 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. The writer is giving thanks for the fact neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton is the president of the United States.

But he is thankful that Donald Trump is?

He is thankful that President Trump has reversed all of Obama’s regulations stopping corporations from polluting our country, when global warming is causing major floods, fires and heat-related deaths?

He is thankful that this president has obstructed justice, lied to the American people more than 1,500 times in less than a year, has our country on the verge of war with North Korea, and is apparently not even educated enough to read any piece of legislation, to even know what is in the legislation?

He is thankful that our president uses Twitter to harass and intimidate people who disagree with him or who tell the truth? Whose Cabinet is lining up to be interviewed for lying to the FBI, Congress and to the people of the USA?

Is he thankful that this president hasn’t even passed one piece of legislation that means anything to the American people, but supported a health care plan that would have left millions of people uninsured? Is he thankful that this president is also supporting a tax plan that would leave millions of people without health care coverage due to its cuts in Medicaid and Medicare?

While that writer is giving thanks, I will be praying. I will be praying that people like him learn to rid themselves of whatever prejudices they may hold and start seeing the truth about President Trump.

Timothy J. Manning


True blame for mass shootings

There has been much written concerning gun control in the media all over the USA. The National Rifle Association feels a citizen’s right to own a gun is constitutional and that politicians and activists want to control these senseless killings and mass shootings by taking guns away from Americans who own the weapons.

When will people realize that all the victims are dead because some wacko likes to kill others? To bandy about words about guns won’t stop a madman from taking the lives of innocent citizens. No one in their right mind wants to kill a mom of three children, a dad who’s trying to feed his family or a child whose biggest concern is playing Pokemon.

It’s a mental problem, folks: Lay the true blame on those who pull the trigger or set the explosion and realize that it’s people who kill people — and hope somehow the madness stops.

Les Johnson


Abusing power by bullying

Where men have been less than gentlemen in their manners, it’s so very tragic, and so very unacceptable.

Let us also consider bullying: an unacceptable behavior pervasive among those men and women in positions of power.

We can all do better.

David McCann