I have empathy for U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ views on various topics, but none whatsoever with her suggestion to Americans that they accost administration officials in their efforts to pursue a meal, go out in public or enjoy solace at their home.

For good or for ill, Donald Trump was elected by the American people to lead our nation, and his assigns fulfill that task. To attempt to stop the persons from fulfilling the law is an affront to the vote of the American people.

To openly encourage Americans to accost administration personnel in the manner Waters has done is to encourage civil discord, and likely violates in spirit her oath to support the American Constitution.

The issue is: We cannot have Waters’ personal views as the determinant of which laws shall be enforced in this nation, and which shall not. In their worst incarnation, her views, as reflected in her ill-advised statement, may well lead to violence and death, where one American perpetrates violence against another because one does not agree with the other. That we cannot have.

That is anarchy.

Whether we agree with others, as a civilized society we cannot follow the path of attack upon our public servants, or infringements upon their personal lives, nor can we support the well-meaning elected representatives who encourage such actions.

David Kettlewell

Akron

Tax increase on middle class

With President Trump decreasing tax liabilities on the super-rich, it has become necessary to recover the loss of tax revenue from somewhere else. Trump has a clever (not smart) plan to recover the super-rich tax cuts by imposing tariffs on goods coming from other countries.

Unfortunately, the real losers here are the middle class people. The increased cost of goods resulting from these tariffs is minimal to the rich compared to their income. However, the increase on a middle class earner is demonstrable. These tariffs are an assault on the middle class and un-American.

Kevin McCormick

Mogadore

Why so intolerant?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits a restaurant from refusing service based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Apparently it needs to be amended. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family were refused service because she works for the Trump administration. What kind of society have we become when we refuse basic rights to fellow citizens based on their political beliefs, their opinions, or who they are employed by? When did we become so intolerant of other people’s views? Where will the intolerance end? The day after 9/11 we were all united as Americans, regardless of our political beliefs. Do we need another 9/11 to make us realize we are all Americans?

Richard T. Rexroad

Cuyahoga Falls

Party first

I opened up my Beacon Journal on June 24 and looked at this headline — ‘‘Young Republicans share views on party’’ — and felt a chill. Just when I thought the younger generation was the hope of the country …

The Republicans in office currently are scary and corrupt. Even some Republican politicians decry some of what is occurring but don’t possess the spine to actually vote their conscience. “Party ahead of country” seems to be an acceptable philosophy.

I weep for my country.

Bill Reitz

Akron