Advocates for concealed carry marched across the campus of the University of Akron, my alma mater, this past Saturday carrying assault rifles and other assorted weapons because they wanted to promote concealed carry on college campuses and educate students on gun laws in Ohio (“Firearm parade crosses campus,” April 26). Couldn’t they have accomplished their mission without carrying weapons?

These individuals stated they were exercising their Second Amendment rights. They seem to have forgotten the part of the amendment about a well-regulated militia. Regulated gun ownership is not the same as taking away anyone’s right to own a weapon, just as not being able to yell “fire!” in a crowded theater doesn’t diminish anyone’s First Amendment rights.

Why would any parent want to send his or her child to a college that allows concealed carry on campus? Are parents supposed to trust that the students who carry a concealed weapon are responsible enough not to use them when the stresses of college become too much for them?

What happens if there is an accidental discharge killing the carrier or another student? What happens when someone fails to properly secure a weapon and another student kills people with it?

There are just too many variables to allow students to conceal carry weapons on any college campus in Ohio.

As a gun owner, I don’t need to walk around carrying my weapon to prove a point. As a veteran who served in the infantry, I’ve seen firsthand the damage all types of weapons can have on the human body, and none of them is pretty.

The possibility that those who should not own a gun get one should be curbed. Stringent uniform background checks should be implemented in all 50 states.

Permits and serious training should be required before the purchase of any weapon, with weapons registered at the point of sale with local authorities.

Private-seller loopholes should be closed.

Richard M. Thompson

Akron

What benefit ?open enrollment?

The wait for a response from the superintendent of Coventry schools is over, but the questions regarding the direction and management of the school district remain (“For the Coventry levy,” April 22). I am truly puzzled by the fact that all supporters of the renewal levy fail, probably intentionally, to tell us what is the benefit of open enrollment.

The superintendent has stated that we now have 735 open enrollment students, which brought in $3.6 million for the benefit of the school district. That equates to $4,898 per student. That sounds terrific, but what did it cost Coventry to educate that person? Does that amount, at the very least, offset the costs? If not, why is the school board so stupid with our money?

Even if the difference is $1, why should the citizens of this school district pay for someone who lives in another district? The parents of open enrollment students believe that Coventry is better than where they live. They should solve the problem by moving here and paying their fair share.

To all of the nice folks who have written in support of the renewal, can you call Coventry or New Franklin your home? Do you pay taxes here?

Regarding the 10 activists, keep up the good work. Our nation is based on freedom of belief, opinion and speech. There are many on our street and on many other streets who are with you.

The superintendent should respond. How much do we lose per student by opening the doors to our schools?

Michael Piekarski

New Franklin

No apology ?for the victims

I find it amazing that not only Steven Bittel’s wife, Patricia Bittel, asked the court for leniency for her husband, but also the Rev. Ralph E. Wiatrowski of St. Barnabas Parish spoke on Bittel’s behalf, telling the court Bittel is “not capable of injuring another human being” (“Ex-school official gets 14 years for child porn,” April 23).

What, then, are all the children victimized in the 67 pornographic files and films? Are they not human beings? Do they enjoy being victimized? Do they suffer no ill effects?

The reporter noted that Bittel apologized to his wife, family, friends, community and police. Not one word to the children involved?

Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church allowed the clergy to get away with abuse for years? Thank God Judge Richard D. Reinbold Jr. recognized that child pornography preys upon the most vulnerable of us all and held Bittel accountable.

Mary Anne Anderson

Akron

Maintain quality ?in Coventry

I am writing in favor of the Coventry school levy.

The district has many benefits that the community should be very proud to call its own. The schools have a great group of teachers who tirelessly work to provide an education that is above and beyond what the state has mandated.

I do not feel that the schools have wasted precious funds on educating students. If there are ideas on how to better stretch school funds, those who have them should voice their ideas at the school board meetings.

The issue on Tuesday’s ballot would renew a tax that was already supported by voters. The district is not asking for anything new. What surprises me is how a district can operate on funding approved in past year, with the cost of operating constantly on the rise.

Who would want their child to attend a school stripped of any program or activity that is not mandated by the state? These are the activities that children will look back on and fondly remember, as Coventry alumni like me currently do.

I have been a substitute teacher in multiple districts in the area. I have had the great pleasure of being a long-term substitute teacher at Coventry High School. I have seen firsthand how much teachers care about students.

Doug Grigsby

Clinton