I read with amusement the July 24 article about the money-saving proposal by Mayor Don Plusquellic and City Council President Marco Sommerville to change Akron’s charter to allow for four-year terms for all council members (Charter change would make Akron council terms longer”).

Years ago, when Akron had a population of more than 270,000, the city employed 13 council members. Now, with fewer than 200,000 residents, the city still has 13 members, making more than $32,000 a year. Sommerville’s salary is more than $41,000.

These salaries don’t include health-care coverage and pension payments.

To save a lot of taxpayers’ money, doesn’t it make sense to reduce the number of council members to reflect the loss of Akron’s population?

The proposal for four-year terms would be more likely to be supported if it included the combination of Wards 1 and 2, 3 and 5, 6 and 10, 7 and 9 and the elimination of one at-large position. Cost savings would be greater.

Plusquellic and Sommerville are always saying “do more with less.” That’s not a bad idea to apply to their proposal.

Matt Contessa

Akron

Our culture ?of violence

The July 25 letter on the Aurora, Colo., tragedy was well written and thought provoking (“Reflecting on a tragedy”). As far as understanding why it happened and searching for a motive, those are tasks no one should attempt without first taking a closer look at society.

Sadly, for several decades, the culture of death has been destroying the moral fiber of the society, crippling its ability to resist evil. Who is behind it? I’m sure many readers will come to their own conclusions. I have mine.

However, the fact remains the general public is being desensitized to the violence it is exposed to every day by television, video games and movies.

The premise that we are all sane individuals capable of “digesting” all the crazy aspects of such entertainment is a fallacy. The fascination with violence has reached dangerous levels.

As is clearly evident, too many of us can easily step out of reality into oblivion where reason and common sense do not exist. Need I give more examples?

Zenon Miahky

Akron

Require lessons ?in gun safety

I am not a gun owner, or a member of the National Rifle Association. I am part of a family of hunters, gun owners and collectors. The reality is that guns exist in this country, and they are not going away.

Instead of trying to do the impossible and get rid of guns, why not make people learn gun safety? My four children learned very early in life the rules about gun safety, and when they were old enough, they took the gun safety course required for a hunting license.

Gun safety should be a required course in every school. Certainly anyone who wants to buy a gun should be required to learn gun safety.

If we want to drive a car, we have to take lessons and get a license. Should we do less if we want to own a gun?

Janice Wagner

Rittman