The manner in which President Putin executed the grab of Ukrainian territory in Crimea is typical of Mother Russia’s expansionist policy.

This policy, demonstrated toward its neighbors many times throughout history — more recently in Georgia and now Ukraine — is no surprise.

In response to this unprovoked aggression, President Obama managed to issue sanctions against some of Putin’s cronies, which, frankly, amount to not much more than a slap on the wrist.

What our government should have done promptly was to reintroduce offensive weapons (missiles) aimed at Russia. These missiles were removed from Eastern Europe shortly after Obama was elected. That was a mistake.

The extended diplomatic efforts by Secretary of State Kerry proved to be another mistake. When will we learn? After all, the only argument Putin understands is in-your-face diplomacy, backed by force.

Zenon Miahky

Akron

‘Big’ mistake ?on energy

Isn’t it interesting to discover the correlation between defective domestic policy and ineffective foreign policy?

The foreign policy of the United States would be greatly reinforced by a positive energy policy, as opposed to the hard-line, anti-fossil fuel policy of the current administration. The U.S. is deliberately being shut out of the global market.

This has to be worth a lot of bucks to producers elsewhere. The supporters of this flawed philosophy would gain considerable credibility by forsaking their personal consumption of home heat and electricity, as well as various petroleum products.

Bias is evident by their ubiquitous use of “big” as a pejorative, as in “big oil,” “big pharma” and “big agriculture.” The lone exception seems to be the embrace of “big government.”

Don Sample

Green

If you care, ?then vote

I have never missed voting, except when I served in Vietnam. Voting is a very important part of our form of democracy.

I register new voters all year long, and I have worked the polls over the years. It is a great way to make extra money, despite involving a long day, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Every vote counts. I trust our system will be honest in the vote count.

The Ohio primary this year is May 6. I always vote absentee, from the comfort of my living room.

There is no valid reason not to vote if you care. So do your part and urge others to do the same.

Jack Colman

Akron