I would like to comment on the Jan. 18 front-page article “Officers disciplined after gun discharges.” This article was about two Brimfield school resource officers who were cleaning their guns while on school duty and accidentally fired a loaded .45-caliber Glock in a Field school building loaded with school children.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver is covering his butt by saying, “This incident did not occur near classrooms, students, or civilians, regardless of what the anonymous coward is telling media outlets.”

“Anonymous coward”? That’s part of the problem here. This “incident” (on Dec. 17) is just now being reported. With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I’m sure all the parties involved were just praying this dangerous embarrassment would go away.

How about an independent investigation to see what really was going on with these two officers?

I think we got something else going on here. Chief Oliver is a real Internet sensation, with over 140,000 followers on his daily Chief’s Babble (how appropriate) blog.

Chief Babble spends a lot of time and makes a lot of money with his hobby. He is a real PR hound who takes on real drivel like pot and Kanye West.

The chief is featured on television, in newspapers and on radio, even hawking a book he wrote called No Mopes Allowed. Maybe Chief Oliver’s next book should be titled “No Dopes Allowed,” in school buildings.

While I do not live in Brimfield Township, I do live in the Field school district and I pay Field taxes. And as a former Field school board member, I get a little irate when I read Brimfield cops are poking .45-caliber holes in the cinder blocks of my newly renovated school buildings.

What would have happened if there had been an active shooter roaming the halls and these Brimfield officers were cleaning their weapons, with pieces and parts all over the place? Or if a student had been shot?

This “incident” is embarrassing, but at least it wasn’t tragic like the Sarah Positano shooting.

I have some one-word advice for Chief Oliver and his gang that can’t shoot straight: professionalism. Chief Oliver should knock off the Facebook and book signings and spend more time with the troops.

Kevin P. Cooper

Mogadore

Guaranteed ?to fail

The new third-grade reading guarantee states students who score less than 392 points must stay in third grade to continue mastering third-grade reading skills. More than one-third of third-graders did not score high enough to be promoted this fall.

This initiative goes into effect at the same time Common Core standards are making the Ohio reading tests more rigorous. Add high-stakes testing anxiety, and our lawmakers are setting children up to fail.

One test score cannot measure what a child has learned and should not be the sole basis of retention. Daily performance, earned grades, and teachers’ recommendations are more important indicators of success. Continuing remediation, not retention, is the answer for children who need intervention.

Ohio does not have the financial resources in place to support this program. How can our schools hold our children accountable to a standard our state cannot financially support?

Concerned? Please contact our state school board and state legislators. I have created a Facebook page called Ohio’s Third Grade Reading “Guarantee” Is Failing Our Children” (www.facebook.com/guaranteesuccess), where we can share information and begin a discussion to change our education system. Let’s make a difference.

Tara Kilian

Dublin

Letting go ?of McGuire

The paper reported that it’s unclear whether Dennis McGuire suffered after a botched lethal injection (“Lengthy execution puts states in bind,” Jan. 18). It’s pretty clear that his victim suffered at the hands of an evil man who decided that it was OK to rape her and then murder her along with her unborn 8-month-old child.

No reasoning could ever justify why he carried out such a heinous act, but his family members seem to be looking the other way as they attempt to sue the state for his alleged suffering as he lay writhing from the effects of untested drugs.

Whether one supports the death penalty or not is irrelevant. It appears that by suing the state, the family is making a desperate attempt at retribution while ignoring what this man has done to warrant the state issuing the death penalty.

Seeking monetary damages is an audacious maneuver when considering the circumstances that led this man to his own death.

McGuire is gone and, in my opinion, that’s one less bad guy to worry about. In memory of his innocent victims, I think it should be left there.

Lisa Valley

Norton

Pot full ?of smoke

As this country slowly drifts toward legalizing the recreational use of pot, I’m a bit disappointed that the anti-smoking lobby has said nothing.

It has been successful in almost criminalizing cigarette smoking. States and cities across the land have passed laws that put cigarette smokers on notice that secondhand smoke won’t be tolerated.

What about the smoke from weed? I’ve smelled it, and I have to say, if given a choice, I’ll take secondhand cigarette smoke any day.

As we gravitate toward more tolerance of those who feel this is a harmless way of spending time, I hope that the anti-smoking advocates step up to the plate and sound the alarm, as they have for cigarette smokers.

Don Cameron

Canal Fulton