Regarding the May 12 article ‘‘Brown talks guns, economy, election,’’ I don’t know what planet U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is on, but when he says things like the Trump administration’s policies on trade and taxes are shifting jobs overseas you have to wonder. For back here on Earth, President Trump’s actions have increased jobs and opportunities for middle class workers.

It may have escaped the senator’s attention, but the April unemployment rate was a low 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2000. And the black unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is the lowest on record. The robust economy the U.S. is now experiencing has nothing to do with the policies of the previous administration. It is due to the Trump tax cuts, the rollback of Barack Obama’s job-killing regulations and Trump’s tough stance on trade.

As for taxes, the Republican tax reform not only lowered taxes for individuals but also reduced the abnormally high corporate tax rate. This has enabled companies to expand and to invest more in R&D. It has also prompted corporations to repatriate profits they have been holding offshore.

And because of the improved economy, foreign firms are increasing their manufacturing footprint in the U.S.; they certainly aren’t reducing it as Brown implies.

On trade, Trump has already wrung concessions from China and Germany, concessions which were beyond the ability of previous presidents, Republican and Democratic, to get. And more trade adjustments to America’s favor are in the pipeline. All this translates into more jobs for Americans.

I don’t know who advises Brown, but they should tell him if he keeps talking the type of nonsense he did at the Akron Press Club, Jim Renacci will dislodge him from his Senate seat in a cakewalk.

Peter Skurkiss

Stow

Give patients drug options

Opioid overdoses killed more than 42,000 Americans of all backgrounds in 2016. While progress has been made to curb this epidemic, we must do more to prevent deaths.

Doctors commonly prescribe opioids after surgery, giving the patient no other options. However, there are non-opioid pain medications that can be prescribed. Unfortunately, many patients are never informed of the non-opioid alternative and Medicare policies limit access to these treatments.

The time has come for Congress to change the Medicare policies and for doctors to inform patients of these alternatives. We need more education for legislators, doctors and patients about non-opioid treatments. By doing so, we would be taking a large step in combating the opioid epidemic.

Amanda Shannon

Cuyahoga Falls

Bye, bye blight

Regarding the May 19 article ‘‘Derelict structures will be demolished,’’ Akron and other municipalities need an abandoned buildings ordinance. The ordinance should require the owner to either sell, rent, raze or hire a house sitter to guard the building.

The apartments on East Exchange Street had been sitting vacant for years and should’ve been demolished already. Empty buildings should not be allowed to stay empty.

Ray Crim

Akron