Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria, will be the keynote speaker at the May 4 commemoration at Kent State University. The theme of this year’s activities is Black Lives Matter.

The May 4th Task Force faculty adviser says students have been talking all year about the significance of police violence to May 4 and of racial oppression to the history of Kent State.

What relevance is that conversation to what happened May 4, 1970? The facts aren’t a secret. Presumably, the task force has access to them. The four killed at Kent State were white, not black. They were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen, not police. The protests were over war, not racial discrimination.

Maybe Len Barker can be the keynote speaker next year. After all, he threw a perfect game in May and the shootings happened in May. Barker speaking would be as relevant as Black Lives Matter at the May 4 annual commemoration at Kent State.

Ed A. Caruso

Cuyahoga Falls

Cavs watch

I’m a former Akronite living in Japan. Watching and reading about the NBA playoffs, with the Cavs doing well once again, I feel how lucky those of us with Akron in our blood are right now.

Even if there is no Hollywood ending for this year’s team, as there wasn’t for past Cleveland teams, these are special and unforgettable times.

Ian Willey

Takamatsu, Japan

Hendon deserved ?no mercy

Let me get this straight: Eric Hendon murders three people and tries his best to kill a fourth, showing no mercy, but because of a dysfunctional childhood. a jury, in its wisdom, grants him mercy by sparing him the death sentence.

Where do we draw the line? Does he have to murder five or 10 people?

I believe decisions in the sentencing phase of a trial should be made by a panel of three judges, removing the decision from emotional jurors. The vote should be unanimous.

Judges are accountable to the public at election time, and they run on their record making difficult decisions. They would be much better suited to dispense justice.

As for Hendon, I hope he’ll find God while serving his sentence, but if he does, he’ll learn that a final judgment awaits.

Bill Piurkowsky

Cuyahoga Falls

Threat of rage

Roger Stone, adviser to Donald Trump, has promised to organize “days of rage” outside the hotels of delegates staying at the Republican convention in Cleveland, with thousands of Trump voters protesting any effort to hand the nomination to anyone but the candidate who got the most votes.

It seems to me that “days of rage” could be read as “days of riots,” which I think would be against the law. But then again, it seems nothing regarding Trump is against the law, including going to 5th Avenue and shooting someone and not losing voters.

What a president he would make.

M.M. Elliott

Green

Deflated Brady

If Tom Brady of the New England Patriots participated in deflating footballs, he deserved more punishment than a four-game suspension. This cheating led to him winning a Super Bowl.

He and his team should lose their Super Bowl rings and trophy. He should be banned from football and from the Hall Of Fame. What he did was worse than what Pete Rose did in baseball.

Gerald C. Wise Sr.

Norton