The Beacon Journal reported in an article on Sunday (“Color Vibe 5K is neon swirl in Tallmadge”) that Tallmadge police issued a news release saying that thousands of runners had “caused a traffic issue, which is almost impossible to direct and control. …”

How dare the Tallmadge police turn their lack of responsibility on the runners. The Color Vibe run is a national event that was planned for this day in Tallmadge at the Summit County Fairgrounds for months. Registration went on for months, and there should have been no surprise at the number of participants on this day.

The event opened at 7 a.m. on Saturday. If you didn’t pick up your run pack during the week, you were to be at the fairgrounds by 7:30 a.m. Since our group of eight picked up our pack on Thursday and the race didn’t start until 9 a.m., we decided to arrive at the fairgrounds around 8 a.m.

After exiting Howe Road at 7:50, we were bumper to bumper starting at the first light. After 45 minutes, we approached the light at Panera and decided to park there and walk 2.5 miles to the fairgrounds. There were no police officers at any time directing traffic. We witnessed a car crash during our walk and were amazed at the chaos of the traffic. Drivers rolled down their windows asking us, runners, what was happening.

There were no signs posted anywhere. The runners were parking down side streets, at the mall, at the condo complex and at the church.

Did I mention after the 5K race we had to walk 2.5 miles back to our cars?

The Akron Marathon attracts many times the number of runners and spectators at this event. The Cleveland Revco Marathon is even larger, but the local politicians and police departments are able to organize a seamless event. I would suggest that the Tallmadge police and local politicians closely scrutinize the event so that it is better organized and there isn’t an inconvenience to the runners, spectators and local traffic.

Karen Bartlebaugh

Akron

Choice for voters ?in Coventry

In response to the Sunday article regarding the Coventry schools (“State funding tugs at voters deliberating Coventry levy”): Kudos to the Beacon Journal for knowing how to excite people on an issue.

The reporter got most everything right when he reported on the school bond issue for Coventry Township. I do not own a property called “Lakewood” school, and although I stated the children don’t “deserve” a new building, he failed to add the words “but they might need it.” I’m “old school” and think “deserve” means you did something to be awarded.

If the township cannot afford to keep repairing the old buildings, maybe it’s monetarily beneficial to build a new one. I would hope we build one of reasonable size and not overextend this township with a bigger building than what we need.

If you disagree with my wording, I get it; but please stop threatening my business and calling me and other people names. I haven’t done that to anybody, and I don’t “deserve” it. I haven’t attacked anyone’s livelihood.

Please know that I am a resident, employer, business owner, taxpayer and most of all a supporter. Still passionate? Go vote on Tuesday.

Debbie Meredith

Akron

Editor’s note: Meredith owns the former Lockwood school.

Silent Quakers

A footnote to Terry Gordon’s April 25 column on the teaching of mindfulness in public schools (“From mindfulness to mindlessness”):

Some have criticized this practice on the grounds that silent meditation is “linked too closely to Eastern religions.” Just for the record, one group of Christians has been peacefully practicing silent meditation and worship since the mid-17th century. They are called Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends), and they would be happy to welcome you into their meetings to share the blessings of the Light.

Sharon L. Shelly

Wooster

Core of ?the progressive

The April 22 letter headlined “Politics of the personal” reflects many of the core components of progressive dogma: It’s meritorious to be elected and represent yourself as of one persuasion (see U.S. Sen. Rob Portman), and then later change because you had an epiphany. Does the name Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords ring a bell?

Portman was guilty of doing what is politically endemic in Washington — taking positions and voting on issues while thinking it best for the folks in the provinces. Why shouldn’t folks on Capitol Hill a priori assume their votes will or may affect their families and personal lives before voting?

Obviously, Portman did not do this, and along with the letter writer, it may be that others of the “Luddite Republican cohorts” persuasion have a similar goal in seeing Portman be a one-termer, not because of his position on guns, but now he has established himself as a waffler.

As the letter writer suggests, who knows what Portman’s position would be if his son was a gun victim?

The letter fails to mention that only some of the parents and relatives of the children slaughtered in Newtown, Conn., begged for support of more gun regulations. But many others correctly surmised that the legislation being proposed would have had no impact on events in Newtown but was solely a measure to demonstrate progressives really care.

Sounds like the letter writer’s primary outrage concerns Portman’s position on guns but the writer is happy to see a congressional waffler as long as his positions are transformed to those that are progressively correct.

Phil Leber

Akron

Serving themselves

Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed Congress could move that fast. Amazing, the lawmakers left the Capitol as though a pack of rats were after them, although they were just going to the airport. Talk about me, myself and I. Now we know whom they really serve.

If we got rid of half of them and their staff members we might not have any budget problems.

M.M. Elliott

Uniontown

Reject the ?Coventry levy

Again, we need to vote no on Tuesday on the bond and tax levy for the Coventry schools. More taxes are not the fix for the state our schools are in. As a community, we need to see how our money is being used and why the schools are in such bad shape. We have that right.

Residents turned down the ballot measure on Aug. 7 and again on the Feb. 5. We turned it down for a reason. Homeowners and businesses already said no. I thought when you say no, you mean no. To me the turning down of a tax levy is not because of childish, superficial reasons. It’s because we are smart and know what we can afford and are concerned with what we will need to keep our family healthy and not stressed. This would be standing up for our responsibilities.

We all have been hit hard with the housing and economic crisis. We’re just waiting to see what the effect of the global crisis will cost us. We’re not getting any more money in our paychecks. Some families have lost a paycheck.

We don’t need to hear retired teachers, current teachers, parents, open-enrollment parents or renters tell us we are standing in the way of a new school for Coventry. They are not the ones who pay the taxes and will be burdened directly with the length of these levies (the bond issue will last 34 years, and a permanent improvement levy will last a lifetime).

A new school is not the way to our kids getting a good education. They will survive. I myself, my children and many others survived and received an education in older schools. We owe our kids a great education, and that will not be because of a new school. Sure we are getting funds from the state, but we the residents have to come up with many more dollars for this new school.

Coventry residents and business owners, educate yourselves on the true finances of this school system. Take a look at the outstanding school improvement loans, money out of our pockets for too many open-enrollment students. We need to stand up for our budgets and say no on Tuesday. We need to stay strong as a community and get this situation fixed. A sound home not a stressed home is better for all.

The timing for a new school during this questionable economic state is crazy.

For me and many others whom I’ve talked to, we are trying to make clear the financial burden of open enrollment. All the open-enrollment students we have are affecting school capacity to the point that we need more teachers, larger schools. Could we survive the budget if open-enrollment decreases? Vote no on Tuesday.

Cindy Kinsinger

Coventry Township

State of meditation

Regarding the April 25 column headlined “From mindfulness to mindlessness”: Interesting. But why transcendental meditation but not prayer?

John Karaiskos

Massillon