After the Ukraine crisis, the president’s critics tried to create the perception that he was inexperienced in foreign policy and perceived by world leaders as weak.

Sen. John McCain characterized the president’s foreign policy as “feckless.” Pundits on the Morning Joe show agreed that the president’s Middle East policies have been a failure. Sarah Palin and other extremists went so far as to suggest that Russia’s military aggression in Crimea was directly related to the president’s leadership.

How this perception formed is beyond human logic. When I listen to foreign policy experts, they don’t focus on Barack Obama. In a recent interview, Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, spoke about how Ukraine and Russia are bound together by historical factors such as language, geography and history, which give rise to the dilemma in which the West finds itself today.

He went on to talk about what the West must do to help preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine. President Obama, by himself, can do nothing.

American foreign policy has had continuity from one president to the next. Can you recall the time after the fall of Baghdad that President George W. Bush gave his “Mission Accomplished” speech?

You didn’t have to be a scholar to see that Bush knew little about Muslim culture. Yet the nation stood with him. When Russia attacked Georgia in 2008, Bush did nothing. Nobody characterized his response as “feckless.”

President Obama is far into his second term. What can we possibly gain by listening to untruths and divisive political rhetoric?

No one saw the Ukrainian crisis coming. It now requires the nation to speak with one voice, as the health of the world economy and the future of our children are at stake.

Alfred Spencer

Warren

Display of ?political integrity

Ohio Right to Life’s decision not to endorse state Sen. Frank LaRose because his responses did not agree with this one-issue group should make voters with a concern for good government recognize a politician displaying integrity.

LaRose has proved he is a reasonable representative who has involved himself in serious issues such as online voter registration, redistricting reform, workplace equality and oil and gas regulations.

By honestly answering an Ohio Right to Life questionnaire, LaRose showed he is a legislator working to improve government for all Ohioans, not currying votes from a very vocal, single-issue group.

Jean U. Questel

Stow

Long sentence,

high cost

Congratulations to our common pleas court. The judge in the Bryan Giles case punished a known killer by sentencing him to 62 years in prison (“Known killer handed 62 years,” March 20).

Judge Alison McCarty also sentenced the public to a lifetime of providing security to prevent his escape, at horrendous cost. We must pay for guards to watch his activities 24 hours a day. Thousands of people will go hungry or homeless while this criminal eats balanced meals and enjoys heated accommodations and health care.

I believe that a person should live only two years or three years after being proved guilty to make sure the courts did not err or that some extenuating circumstance did not arise.

William Hewett

Sebring

Older workers, ?ready, willing, able

This past November, I was suddenly let go from my job, two weeks before I qualified for unemployment, and, at age 60, I was in a pickle. Unlike the “portfolio” retirees we see on television enjoying some sand-laden paradise, I am a regular Joe.

The demands of raising my kids over the years in combination with poor planning have placed me, like so many others, in a bad situation, with no pension and no unemployment. Finding a job is problematic, to say the least. It seems that 60 is a magic number; that is, the preconceptions are numerous on the part of employers who, by and large, are in their 30s and 40s.

They may believe a person of my years is looking for a place to hang his hat until retirement. Nothing is further from the truth. They may also assume the physical demands of the job will be too much, despite the fact that a lot of people my age are in excellent shape.

I still have a mortgage and utility and credit card bills. I am motivated and looking to make money and grow in my profession. I am 60. I am not dead; I don’t even have one foot in the grave. I am simply turning a page.

My wife suggested I go to Mature Services, and I am glad I did. I became involved in a three-week course called Job Club, a course on looking for a job and getting a job in our technical and youth oriented culture.

It was of great help both in practical help with resume writing, interviewing and networking, as well as the opportunity to share with others, which helps immensely with self-image and self-confidence.

The course was taught by Don Zirkle, who does a great job, as does his staff. I have had several interviews. Some of the jobs I am very qualified to perform, yet because of fear, ignorance or preconceptions, no dice.

To those folks I interviewed with, I can only say you let a good one get away.

Support the working seniors. We show up on time, are good at what we do and our work ethic hasn’t been formed by the me-first culture.

We know what loyalty is, and when we do get a position, we are thankful. We will be one of the best assets your company has.

Anthony George Jr.

Akron

Pay attention. ?The bear is loose

I am little surprised by the reaction of many to the events that have transpired in eastern Europe. In this age of no-compromise politics, it’s understandable why small things like one country taking over another might go unnoticed until it is too late.

We are so engaged in “selfies” that no one is paying attention to what the real world is like. The politics in Washington the last few years has been very similar to some Hollywood feel-good movie. All the bad people will go away, we will all get jobs making $25 an hour and the next pill will make us feel all better. Right. Oh wait, here comes the big, bad bear.

But before we go jumping to conclusions, do we really know how the people of Crimea felt about things? Looks like they said it with their ballots. That said, that should be the extent of any more land grabbing.

Let’s call it a day. We now face the reality that as much as we thought things had changed, the feel-good movie just got edited in a big way. We face issues in the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, and now the big, bad Russian bear is loose again. The world is a very serious place, and we need to pay attention.

It was not easy before, and it just got even harder. We need leaders who can get things done, not sit around and pout.

If we have to give a little to get a little, then we should do it. Time is of the essence, not partisan politics. The price for political pride could be catastrophic. There is plenty of work to do, and plenty more information to digest. Why not get to it, even if it means not being politically expedient?

William Miller

Akron

LaRose does ?his job well

I am anti-abortion, as I truly believe there is life from conception, and I will be voting for state Sen. Frank LaRose in the Republican primary, even though the Ohio Right to Life has chosen to support his opponent, a tea party Republican with a narrow view. This is political nonsense, as LaRose is definitely pro-life.

LaRose is a conservative who has represented his constituency well. He has been willing to see both sides of an issue. He is a pragmatist who realizes that sometimes it takes both parties, and different views, to come to a consensus, and perhaps a wiser decision.

I would urge all of my more moderate, as well as my very conservative, Republican friends to support a man who has been open, honest, accessible and, most important, doing his job. Please support LaRose in the Republican primary on May 6.

Janet D’Antonio

Stow