I disagreed with the pronouncement of suicide in the death of Canton firefighter Tonya Johnson back when I read about her in 2016.

She sounded like someone who was trying to get away from her husband. She may not have chosen the best way to run from him, but that is no reason to call it a suicide without more proof of intent on her part.

If you are thinking suicide, you can just stand still on Route 8 South at rush hour, and I’m sure you will be hit. Since Johnson made it to the median, she was probably dodging cars and trying not to get hit.

Johnson sounds like a great mom and a religious woman, and I don’t think she would have left her kids by killing herself.

Deb Lichtenberger

Hudson

Hating Trump solves nothing

Regarding the Jan. 16 article ‘‘LeBron: Don’t let Trump-era bias ‘conquer us as people,’ ’’ James says that we cannot allow racism to divide us. I agree. What people like James don’t understand is that racism will go away if we would all treat each other as we would want to be treated. This is much more than blacks being mistreated.

In Martin Luther King Jr.’s day, he saw blacks trampled on and treated like animals. I believe that King was taking a stand against not only racism, but against hate.

I’m 53 years old and have never seen so much hatred being aimed toward a president of the United States, or any public official. James was right, this racism problem will not go away — but it’s not President Trump’s fault, it’s our fault.

Joe Troyer

Hartville

Departure from the Founders

Regarding the Jan. 19 letter to the editor “Preservation through Trump,” the writer’s last sentence really jarred me. He claimed what Donald Trump is trying to do would have been the aim of the Founding Fathers. For some reason I have trouble picturing the Founding Fathers as evil and corrupt as our present administration. Whenever something goes wrong, no problem — just blame the Democrats.

The writer seems to approve of a president determined to undermine any media but Fox News, who are clearly Trump shills and apologists. He seems to approve of a 71-year-old man with a 5-year-old brain and maturity level. Founding Fathers? I hardly think so.

Bill Reitz

Akron

White nationalist needs prayers

Regarding the Jan. 19 article ‘‘KSU refuses white nationalist visit,’’ Richard Spencer has not made any notable contribution to community or humanity and has been reduced to eking out a living marketing hate. He is the epitome of his own counterargument.

If he does gain a venue at Kent State University or some other locale, I would hope that no counter-protests be orchestrated. I would urge a prayer vigil to ask a merciful God to have pity on this man so burdened with carrying the weight of his own hatreds day in and day out.

Jim D. Martin

Akron

Make the world great again

What if every American who wanted a decent job got one. Government could focus on fixing roads and infrastructure and people would stop needing drugs, guns and violence. Inner cities would be reborn, and we would stop throwing money at countries that support terrorism. And when we did give third-world countries money, the money would be used for infrastructure like water systems and electric systems and decent housing and give people decent-paying jobs.

Why not? Make the world great again. Now if only we could get Congress to pass a decent long-term budget.

Connie M. Kubilus

Marshallville