Betty Sutton or Ed FitzGerald will owe a political debt to John Kasich that neither needs be concerned about repaying, as it will never appear on any election financial report.

It is not unreasonable, in fact, to consider it a gift.

It arrived packaged as Kasich’s stubborn insistence on including in his budget proposal the implementation of a sales tax program on an irrational array of services, as an offset to an income tax reduction.

The distinguishing feature of this proposal, demonstrative of a profound lack of either insight or political courage, will be the further reduction of disposable income to most of us. If this plan is not defeated in the legislature, Ohio will soon resemble Detroit.

Disposable income is as responsible for job creation and economic growth as other factors. This ill-conceived program should be promptly relegated to the circular file.

The complex system required for collection under this proposal is as open-ended as the cost. It is contradictory to the taxpayer relief that Kasich had in mind as the reason for this bad idea.

Next, consider the severance tax on energy producers. Where does the governor think that cost will stop on the economic food chain?

I don’t mind Kasich’s desire to join Ted Strickland in the ex-governors’ club. It might be the best idea to come out of Columbus this year.

Don Sample

Green

Formula for ?school success

In his Feb. 20 commentary, Paolo DeMaria makes several good points about the effect of school funding (“Inadequate argument for adequacy”). Unfortunately, he ignores what is probably the most important factor for success in modestly funded districts: the family.

My husband calls it “the elephant in the room.”

If I were researching the success of districts, I would ask:

•?Do parents communicate respect for teachers, education and school regulations?

•?Do parents require study time, homework completion and regular school attendance?

•?Are there interesting books and magazines available in the home? Do the families discuss them?

•?Are educational and informative television programs watched and discussed?

•?Are any family outings aimed at educational experiences? The Hale Homestead, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, Cleveland and Akron art museums and local libraries come to mind. Even Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Marietta and Columbus are within reach, with a picnic lunch, supper and a nap on the way home.

•?Are parents enthusiastic and supportive of school projects and athletic events?

From my experience, this is a formula for success. I bet the answer would be “yes” to many of these questions in successful districts.

Dolores Janini

Jackson Township

Meet at UA

After attending several UA basketball games, all of them at or beyond capacity, I noticed one very glaring reality. While one could see that the student population was well represented, it was obvious that the general Akron community as a whole was even more represented. I also saw a number of acquaintances from Stark, Cuyahoga and Carroll counties in the campus arena.

UA President Luis Proenza was right when he said, “The University of Akron is the place to be.” There is no better or convenient place for town and gown to gather as one than right in the middle of the University of Akron campus. Go Zips!

David Culp

Akron