In the March 18 story, “RNC will spend more to reach minority voters,” the Republican National Committee said it wants to find out what went wrong in the past two presidential elections.

As someone who has been both a volunteer and paid canvasser for the Democrats, I can tell you this is what I have heard: Republicans need to put people over profits.

Republicans say they cannot create jobs unless they have tax cuts. When the people say they need better pay and health care, Republicans say, “Nobody owes you anything.”

Republicans say abortion is murder. But when the child dies because the parents could not afford a doctor, the Republicans say, “That’s God’s will.”

Republicans pull out Bible quotes to suit their cause. They do not recite verses about helping the poor and sick. I have never heard a Republican quote 1 Corinthians 13:13. (I should make people look this up, but here it is: “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”)

If the Republican National Committee wants to reach out to people, it needs to start becoming human and care.

Eileen Matias

Akron

Under the law ?and Constitution

In response to the anti-gay marriage views in the March 29 letter “Foundation of marriage,” it is obvious the writer is not familiar with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He may want to consider the following (although he is likely too close-minded to do so):

1. The 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law to all citizens.

2.. While he is entitled to his view, he is not entitled to impose it on every citizen in the country. He believes this is not about equality, but about what is “right.” What he really means is doing what he believes to be right.

3. The writer quotes the Bible to support his position, ignoring that this country is a democracy, not a theocracy. This country is governed by the Constitution and the laws of the land, not the Bible.

4. If the writer believes we should have a religion-based government, he should look at the evidence of how oppressive such governments are in other regions of the world.

5. And if he wants a government based in religion, how would he feel if we used the Torah or Quran to govern, rather than the Bible?

Richard Platt

Fairborn

Downtown ?with students

After reading the article about the University of Akron converting the remaining rooms at Quaker Square Inn to student housing, I wonder if it will buy the convention center, too (“UA to take last public hotel rooms,” March 27)?

After all of the hotel rooms are gone, there is absolutely no need for our downtown convention center.

It is no wonder that our convention bureau is having major problems bringing in out-of-town convention guests.

Recently, the city announced that a developer would remodel the apartments inside the Mayflower Manor. I wonder if these rooms will be for students? Student housing is being built on Exchange and Sherman streets. When will enough be enough? Let’s just call the downtown Akron area “The City of Akron U.”

Johnnie Hannah

Akron