I reject the reasoning presented in the May 23 letter “Climate of fear in the classroom.” Catholic schools will continue to attract the very best teachers, who will sign on with parochial schools not for union benefits but because they want to incorporate the tenets of the Catholic Church in their lessons.

Teachers in Catholic schools cannot present a “do as I say, not as I do” persona as did the Pharisees, can they? Contrary to the writer’s claim, the contracts teachers must sign require them to be authentic Catholics. They do not ask teachers to judge anyone else.

My son went to Catholic grade school, and he received an excellent foundation by many holy, yes holy, and exceptional Catholic teachers and coaches. I will be surprised if even one teacher I know balks at signing the contract.

Their teaching did not end in the classroom; they were indeed teacher-ministers, whom I applaud. Parents who sacrifice by paying tuition plus high property taxes for the local public schools want more than just a great secular education. We all have choices.

The 24,000 who signed a petition in Cincinnati opposing contracts with a morality clause? Since when is the Catholic Church a democracy? The bishops should stand strong for orthodox Catholic teaching and for students to witness those lessons in the lives of their teacher-ministers.

Karen Ripple

Munroe Falls

Ingredients for ?mass murder

People ask why somebody such as Elliot Rodger goes on a rampage, and some think they know where to put the blame. The most important factor may be social isolation and the harm it can cause. It may incline one toward addiction to video games.

To this, add the inflated ego of Rodger, plus his failure to understand why girls didn’t like him, and there is a recipe for mass murder. During my school years, faculty members and other educational officials did not pay enough attention to matters of social isolation, and they still don’t.

The primary blame belongs there, not on the National Rifle Association.

Don F. McClish

Stow

Benghazi just ?the beginning

The House is preparing to hold another hearing on what or who caused the failure in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador, which was a true tragedy.

Perhaps, then, we can look at another “incident” and understand how that blunder was made. I am referring to the march across the flight deck that President George W. Bush made under a huge banner stating “Mission Accomplished.”

What mission had been accomplished? How did Bush know? Why were our troops still there if we had accomplished our task?

How many hundreds of American deaths occurred after the president claimed our mission had been accomplished? Who gave him that information?

Whose responsibility was it to make the determination? Is there anyone out there who has not been forthcoming about this fiasco? If we are going to own up to our mistakes, let’s own up to them all.

M. M. Elliott

Green

Why Hillary ?should never run

Recently, national news networks have commented on the status of Hillary Clinton’s health and that it could be an issue if she runs for president.

She should not even be considered. Her accomplishments pale when compared to the performance of other leaders.

Three come to mind:

Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel, known as the “ Iron Lady.” She did not hesitate to order the Mossad to hunt down and assassinate the two leaders and operatives responsible for the killings at the Munich Olympics.

Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of the United Kingdom, who practiced uncompromising politics and leadership style. Her handling of the Falklands war enhanced her support and re-election in 1983.

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany since 2005. Her role was crucial in managing the financial crisis in Europe. Forbes ranked her as the second most powerful person in 2012. She is the longest-serving head of government in the European Union.

Then, consider Clinton’s role as secretary of state. She was responsible for security lapses related to the Benghazi attack, resulting in the deaths of four Americans. During questioning on the attack, her response was, “What difference at this point does it make?”

Finally, does Bill Clinton deserve to be in the White House again and influence her governing?

I have been a registered Democrat since I turned 21 and was old enough to vote, but I could not, in good conscience, vote for this person should she become the Democratic nominee for president.

John Hearty

Tallmadge

Lessons for a ?better world

Our country is aching for some leadership to say that we must act to stop senseless violence. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Chardon, you name it.

Children have no knowledge of what it is to be a part of the life of a community. It is perfectly permissible to destroy because parents have failed to teach children that they should not kill.

Schools worry about whether students can parrot back what the test are supposed to show, but they fail their responsibility to assist these students to become responsible adults.

“Let the kids be kids,” is what I’m hearing from teachers who are so intimidated by regulation that they accommodate every wish of the students or discipline students so restrictively that they do not understand they are responsible for their own actions.

Given that parents often are not interested, our future is in the hands of these teachers. They should be free to teach and not restrained by fear that they will be punished by some bureaucrat’s directive.

We must allow schools to teach the law, not the version in the Bible, but the law as administrated by the courts, so that students can be aware that they are responsible for making this a better world and not for destroying each other in the process.

H. Doyle Smith

Canton

That doggone ?dog food

We are again informed of contaminated dog and cat treats from China (“No China-made products,” May 22). Thousands of dogs have already died, and thousands are now suffering.

Two major pet chains, Petco and PetSmart, will remove these product by March 2015 or earlier. That’s at least seven months more for animals to suffer, along with their human families.

There is a long history of toxic products coming into our country affecting humans, too. Unless we demand change, these practices will continue.

Wherever products from China are sold to pet, food and discount stores, demand that they be removed from the shelves.

Most of us animal lovers and pet owners are aware of this problem. Profits should never come before the life and well-being of our pets.

Unfortunately, in this greedy world, it does. No treat from China is worth taking any risk that would poison your best friend. All life is precious. We are the voices for animals. Together, we will make a difference.

Charlene Grigas

Akron