The administration at the University of Akron continues with its “polytechnic” propaganda campaign, even using etymological sleight of hand to support it on its website home page. On the “polytechnic” link there is a misinterpretation of the ancient meaning of the Greek words which are the source of the word “polytechnic.”

The immediate source is ”polytechnos,” meaning “skilled in many arts” as well as “the work of many craftsmen.” “Poly” does indeed mean “many,” but “technos” is based on the noun “techne,” which refers to “a skill, an art, cunning, especially in metal working.”

In Greek myth and religion, “techne” refers to the skill of Hephaestos, the god of useful fire, blacksmiths and artisans. This is decidedly not the “art” in the phrase “Arts and Sciences.”

This is the first time in my 45 years of full- and part-time teaching at the University of Akron (retiring as chair of the Classics Department in 2000) that the word “polytechnic” has been associated with the university.

The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences has historically been the foundation of the University of Akron. Its programs in the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences are not technological in nature. All three areas have longstanding traditions of theoretical and intellectual concerns that complement and help interpret the factual basis of each discipline.

It is worth noting that in 1960 the Alabama legislature changed the name of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute to Auburn University precisely because of the addition of more varied programs and an enlarged curriculum, surpassing the limited technical offerings of a polytechnic institute.

Words have meaning, and although they do often change over time, sometimes altered by politicians and others for their own purposes, there should be some consistency. It is unseemly to manipulate the meaning of words to advance a dubious goal. The efforts to rename the university are a contradiction in terms.

Robert E. Gaebel

New Franklin

Denied the right ?to cast votes

In our house, voting is first priority. When the polls open, we go and fill out our ballot. We often take lists with us so we will vote for the right candidate or issue.

We research and know how we feel about the issues and candidates. We are fortunate that we are physically able to do so.

The idea that almost 1,000 mailed-in absentee ballots will not be counted in Summit County is atrocious. The idea that a vote can be taken away from a person through no fault of his or her own is unconscionable. No postmark is no excuse for not counting ballots.

The newspaper seems to be saying the closing of the Akron processing center is to blame. We agree and are dismayed at the outcome.

Our granddaughters live 12 miles from us in a neighboring community, and it takes four days for a card to go from our house to theirs. Perhaps we should bring back the Pony Express.

Joan Miller

Akron

Moral duty

Shame on those who want to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the United States. What has happened to our moral integrity?

God, through the prophet Jeremiah, tells all to do what is right and just, to rescue the victims from the hand of the oppressors. Are we listening?

Have we not learned from past experiences?

Jim Ingram

Tallmadge