Here it is January and time for my annual trek to the local E-Check station. Every time I take an hour and a half out of my life I can’t help but wonder whether anyone in authority at the Environmental Protection Agency has given any thought to the fuel expended taking vehicles to and from these centers. One must also consider the concurrent amount of noxious gases released for the purpose of occasionally finding a car that fails to meet Ohio’s air quality standards.

Factoring in the toxic gases released by trucks, aircraft, lawn mowers and so on which do not come under its umbrella, the E-Check system stands solely as a monumental pacifier to the noisy eco-maniacs generating no positive effects at all. It’s time to end to this absurd waste of time, effort and money.

Loren A. Raymond

Bath

Four-day work week

So the University of Akron plans to enhance its chances of enrolling students by eliminating Friday classes. Why doesn’t the university just plaster billboards across the entire country advising employers that they should not consider UA graduates because they have certainly not acquired any kind of work ethic in their years at UA?

UA also is introducing a class analyzing all nine Star Wars movies. How much more absurdity does this institution feel it can include and still have potential employers accept their conferred degrees as valid?

John Fitzpatrick

Rittman

Not so simple

As a bankruptcy law practitioner, I wanted to comment on the Jan. 21 article ‘‘Simple program can help people file for bankruptcy.”

Filing for bankruptcy relief does not merely require the completion of some paperwork.

Important initial decisions need to be made: Is filing for bankruptcy a good idea? Is it necessary? What type of bankruptcy should I file (there are different types of bankruptcies with vastly differing results)? When should I file?

These decisions cannot be correctly made by a computer program. In my experience, some of the largest mistakes I’ve seen in bankruptcy filings have been made by people who have tried to file their own cases without the assistance of counsel.

One other point is that once a bankruptcy is filed, it cannot be automatically dismissed if it is flawed. Filing for bankruptcy relief is a little like pushing a boulder down a steep cliff. Once it starts rolling, it is very difficult to stop it.

I would strongly suggest to anyone who is contemplating the filing of a bankruptcy that they consult with experienced bankruptcy counsel. The cost that you will be required to pay in fees may be minimal to the cost of attempting to go it alone.

Marc P. Gertz

Akron

City champion

We have signs at Akron’s city limits that announce this is the home of LeBron James, champion basketball player. James is another kind of champion. He is a champion of kindness and giving. He has given to help and enrich the lives of children and this community. James is a champion of the heart.

Thank you, LeBron.

Kenneth Blackerby

Akron