Had Donald Trump grown up in my family home, he would have been a younger brother to my sister and me. He would have had the cleanest mouth in town.

But let me explain. We were not much of a churchgoing family, but we were brought up with a strong Christian ethic. You treated others with respect, you did not brag about yourself, you did not use foul language and, above all else, you did not lie. If you did, your mouth was washed out with soap.

For those too young to remember this practice, recall Ralphie in A Christmas Story, when he dropped the “F” bomb.

Yes, I can tell you how Lifebuoy, Lava and Ivory soaps tasted. Not so good. I learned my lessons quickly. Had young Donald been brought up in our home and not embraced our family values, he would have had a bar of soap protruding from his mouth on a daily basis.

How do I respect a president whose “values” are so seriously out of alignment with how most Americans and I were brought up? Is it a surprise that he treats immigrant families cruelly and then lies about it by blaming others? Sad, very sad.

Lowell R. Nault

Wooster

Enough with the brick streets

Regarding the June 26 article ‘‘$20 million sought for road projects,’’ which states that the Akron City Council is applying for state funding to redo the Mull Avenue brick street: Why in the world continue to spend good money after bad in attempting to repair these brick streets?

All you have to do is look at the roller-coaster dips, dives and bumps of other heave-ho brick streets to realize taxpayer money is wasted on such repairs. Look at Uhler Avenue on North Hill or a few familiar streets on the west side such as Jefferson, Marvin, Corson and Bloomfield avenues to realize that you are taking your life into your hands when driving on these streets.

Just like the bricks being installed on curb strips as costly borders, while looking “nice” upon installation, they rise and sink with the changes in weather and quickly become potential accidents waiting to happen for both drivers and pedestrians.

Come on, City Council, realize that West Market Street and such heavily trafficked roads as Revere and Sand Run demand immediate attention and should receive much higher priority than glorifying and retaining the nostalgic look and ‘‘grandeur” of those brick neighborhood streets from the 1940s.

Gary Vitatoe

Akron

Belongs on campus

The June 23 letter misses an important point about a new University of Akron arena (‘‘Bring energy and excitement downtown with an arena’’). It belongs on the campus and not downtown.

Excitement comes from focusing on the Greater Akron community and not just downtown. We have a magnificent University of Akron with a beautiful campus and beautiful venues such as E.J. Thomas Hall, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field and yes, Rhodes Arena. All of these venues and more on the UA campus have brought many from across the region and beyond.

People bring excitement to our community, including downtown, because of the UA campus. If the media can argue that a downtown arena is “almost on campus,” then others can argue that an on-campus arena is almost downtown.

David Culp

Akron