As a lifelong Akron resident, it was with a great sense of pride that I read your recent series of articles on the 100th anniversary of Akron General Medical Center, noting not only the superb medical care which its staff has given to the community but also the positive economic impact it has had on our area.

So it was with a sense of bewilderment and disappointment that I read that, to celebrate this accomplishment, the medical center’s powers-that-be chose right-wing ideologue Laura Ingraham to be keynote speaker at a celebratory event (“Radio host celebrates milestone for Akron General,” Feb. 21).

Ingraham has been an advocate for adoption, for which she is to be congratulated. I am confident that her three adopted children are quite fortunate to be part of a family that has probably never worried a millisecond about the cost or availability of medical care, unlike so many of the patients who show up at the emergency room of the medical center’s many branches.

Her total disparagement of the Affordable Care Act, despite its coverage of millions of people who had previously never had health insurance, despite its preclusion against insurance companies denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions, despite its regulations allowing parents to keep children under 26 on their parents’ policies, has no place at an event such as this.

Let her Fox News friends enjoy her diatribes. The Akron community deserves better than this. Her snarky remarks about U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who had to leave this event to attend another commitment, are unforgivable given that her knowledge of health-care legislation could fit on the head of a pin, compared to Sen. Brown’s. He has long been an advocate for medical coverage for all.

I assume the judgment of the heads of the medical center is much better than what was displayed in their choice of a speaker for such a special anniversary celebration.

Ken Johnson

Akron

Executive orders ?in perspective

Has it escaped the attention of Republicans that over the last five presidential administrations (three of which happened to have been run by Republicans) that President Obama has exercised the use of executive orders far less than any of the previous four presidents?

There was little mention of lawlessness, dictatorship or imperialism when the previous presidents used this power. Even more blatant, when President Clinton was impeached, it was not over the use of executive orders.

I have to ask: Why didn’t Republicans say anything when this was going on under the previous three Republican administrations? Why didn’t we hear about the abuse of power, the lawlessness and the overreaching?

I suspect that President Obama’s use of executive orders would not be as high as it is now if he would have had some grain of support from the House or from the Republicans in the Senate, who have had a propensity to filibuster everything, including their own bills.

The Republicans in office say that there are no black and white rules for legislating, but I sense this is far from the truth. I believe this is totally a black and white issue.

This is a shame, and it should not be tolerated by our “leaders.” The ugly, vicious and shameful personal attacks against the president should stop. The presidency is not about the person in office, but about what that office represents and the people it represents.

We listen to people who spread hate and spew all kinds of venom instead of what God tells us to do, and that is to love him with all of our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

I think we, as a nation, are so much better than this and should demand more from not only our leaders but also from ourselves. If we lose this country, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Ruben De La Rosa

Wooster

Power shift ?at the polls

We will all soon be inundated with election literature.

People like to call this election cycle an “off-year election,” but this is the largest election Ohioans can face. This is the big game.

Every time our statewide and local officials come up for election or re-election, it’s a big deal.

So much is affected by our state and local government officials, matters that hit us in our wallets. We really need to play closer attention to the people we elect to these offices. I can’t say this strongly enough, especially for poor people and people of color.

Republicans are trying to find ways to get their voters by hook or by crook, and the tea party Republicans are trying to find ways by hook or by crook to stop poor people and black and brown people from voting.

In the past, they didn’t care if these groups voted because so few were registered. Those who were registered to vote did not show up consistently.

Now, the numbers and demographics have changed. This is an indicator of how important the poor and people of color have become. This is a real power shift.

Now is the time for the poor and people of color to stand together and vote together to make some real change happen. Look for information on early voting as we get closer to the primary and general elections.

George Johnson

Akron

Suffering ?in Ukraine

As a third-generation Ukrainian (my mother’s parents emigrated to America from the Ukraine in 1913), I deeply empathize with the plight of the Ukrainian people.

They suffered genocide under the brutal regime of Stalin, starved to death in the early 1930s in one of the worst crimes against humanity, rivaling Hitler’s “final solution” against the Jews.

But I cannot support resorting to violence and using Molotov cocktails against the police. I believe the protesters lose the sympathy of the world when resorting to violence. Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. understood this, and always proclaimed non-violent resistance to injustice and oppression.

I hope the crisis in Ukraine will be resolved. May a new day of freedom, justice and dignity arrive at last for the Ukrainian people, who have suffered so much oppression and injustice for far too long.

Bill Somody

Cuyahoga Falls

First, employers,

then employees

Consumers, not businesses, “are the real job creators,” wrote the author of the Feb. 20 letter “Job creation by demand.” His theory was one of the smoothest, most conniving attempts to describe the Obama administration’s socialist agenda to “spread the wealth around” I’ve seen.

Those who agree with this writer don’t understand how business or the free enterprise system works, or, for that matter, who generates the cash flow that makes this nation function.

The writer implies that it is not the businesses that hire the workers, sign the paychecks and provide the benefits for employees.

When was the last time a person with the writer’s mind set put in a 12-hour day because owning a business requires more that simply dong “a job”?

I’m certain he does not understand that often it is the owner of a small business who is the last person to receive a paycheck.

It requires investment, dedication, a marketable service or product, but most of all, it requires hard work.

There are only a few ways to acquire money: work for it, inherit it, steal it or depend on some government agency to provide it. In two of the cases, business is paying the tab, either by means of wages or taxes.

Otherwise, you will need to find a wealthy benefactor or take your chances with doing jail time, which is not recommended.

Granted, a consumer is necessary for any business to succeed, but without employers, there would be no employees. Then, where would you look for the wealth to purchase the necessities of life?

I have to question the theory of spending our way out of this “economic mess,” throwing more money at the problem by means of another stimulus package or increased government giveaways that didn’t work that well the first time.

When government puts demands on business through the passing of unreasonable laws and regulations, and doing business is no longer worth the effort, which one of the other three options listed above will we have to resort to?

William Marshall

Akron