It has been two weeks since three teenage Israeli students were kidnapped (“Israel accuses Hamas of kidnapping teens,” June 16). One of them is an American citizen, whose mother flew to Geneva to speak to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

We live in a complex and difficult world but certainly need to bring all the influence we can muster to free these young men.

Say a prayer on their behalf. I hope those prayers, with the influence of our government, can expedite their release.

Robert T. Stone, M.D.

Fairlawn

Seedy behavior

It is hard not to feel a bit slimy reading through the reporting about the Suarez affair.

What doesn’t seem to be happening, though, is the media starting to draw conclusions about this particularly seedy example of campaign finance in Ohio.

Here we have a wealthy Ohio businessman, Ben Suarez, pursued aggressively in California for allegedly defrauding consumers in that state, being defended by the office of the governor of the state of Ohio.

Interestingly, while Gov. John Kasich declined U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s request to write a letter to the California attorney general supporting Suarez, Kasich’s chief counsel, on his own volition, wrote a letter. (“Suarez defense seeks Ohio officials’ testimony,” June 25). It defies all logic that Kasich’s chief counsel would do anything without the governor’s explicit approval.

I continue to read that both Josh Mandel, state treasurer, and Renacci returned the money to Suarez and have not been charged. What about their judgment in soliciting contributions from Suarez in the first place? It has been widely reported that Renacci asked Suarez for $100,000. Renacci must be a really nice guy for Suarez to be so motivated by his request.

There’s something really stinky here. Kasich, Renacci and Mandel should all have had to testify as to why they were so helpful to Suarez.

Jack Woodyard

Bath Township

Full disclosure

Regarding the June 23 letter “Support the president, not the search,” I’m an alumnus and wish the best for the university, too.

But it seems a little disingenuous for the author to make the statements he did without divulging that he is a professor and 2008 Coleman Educator of the Year at Kent State and may well have a vested interest in preserving its reputation.

Bill Ebert

Aurora

Party identity

I see that Ben Suarez wanted to have Gov. Kasich testify at his trial as, essentially, a character witness.

What about President Obama? Oops, he is in the wrong party.

Patrick Bozzelli

Cuyahoga Falls