I was impressed when I attended Akron City Council’s May 14 meeting: Council actually listened to the beekeepers who pointed out the flaws in the proposed legislation which would raise their registration fee tenfold from $5 to $50.

I was particularly impressed at how quickly the mayor took action to withdraw the legislation.

One of the council members was quoted in the Beacon Journal on May 18 as saying, “Thank goodness we have leaders that listen. All future legislation should also include talks with stakeholders and council members.”

If council and the administration had talked to the unions and retirees prior to raising the cost of retirees’ spouses’ health insurance from $30 per month to $1,189.61 per month (a fortyfold increase), a reasonable compromise could have been worked out and a lawsuit from one of the retirees and the need for an arbitrator to rule against the city in a dispute with the Fraternal Order of Police would have been unnecessary.

I asked the City Council these questions on May 14:

• What is the deadline for the city filing an appeal of the arbitrator’s March 27 decision of the suit between the city and the FOP?

• Has the city already filed an appeal?

• If the city is not appealing the decision, when will action be initiated to comply with the arbitrator’s ruling?

When I attended the May 21 council meeting, the council president told me that I had received an answer from the Law Department earlier in the day via e-mail.

When I checked my e-mails, I discovered that the Law Department told me that they will not answer any of those questions.

While transparency in government is extolled, Akron city government seems to be opaque; that should alarm every citizen of Akron.

Steve Nome

Cuyahoga Falls

Neighborhood urges ‘no’ vote

The residents of Minota Avenue and surrounding streets do not want the proposed homeless village erected in our neighborhood (“Small, single shelters coming together,’’ April 29).

The crime rate is already high in this area. There are housing codes that every homeowner in Akron has to follow, why should this shelter be any different? We have many small children and seniors in this neighborhood and believe this shelter would be a safety risk.

I worked all of my life to have my home, and I never dreamed at almost 70 years old and battling cancer I would also have to try and fight to keep my neighborhood safe from something like this. Akron City Council, please vote no on this.

Rita Crawford

Akron

Slaughter of innocents

Another 10 lives taken at a school, this time in Texas.

Child sacrifice was outlawed in Leviticus, the third book of the Bible, more than 2,500 years ago, yet America continues to offer up its children in praise of the Second Amendment.

And our leaders continue to do nothing. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Jeff Davis

Akron

Our flag was still there

The last line in the national anthem is a question. It asks whether our flag still waves over the land of the free and the brave. So when football players kneel in free protest against bigotry and injustice, that flag waves above them and for them. This does not diminish the flag but advances it for the bravery of those who so kneel.

Kenneth Blackerby

Akron