I am writing in opposition to the Oct. 27 letter “Kasich record undeserving of support.” I am middle class, and I support Gov. Kasich’s record. Under Kasich, Ohio’s projected $8 billion deficit was erased without raising taxes. The typical Democratic response is more spending, and then more taxes to support more spending.

Under Kasich, the Utica shale oil boom has brought millions of dollars to Ohio’s economy, property owners and to a region of Ohio that was economically depressed for years, along with decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. It has been the Obama administration and Democrats who have been hostile to our oil and coal resources. Where is the approval for the Keystone pipeline?

The writer also argues that the Kasich administration has not funded education. Next year, the state will spend more on primary and secondary education than any time in Ohio’s history.

The writer is correct that state spending for higher education is decreasing. This has been going on for more than 20 years and has happened under Democratic and Republican administrations.

Some answers are federal requirements for spending that are not supported. Also, colleges are spending more on nonacademic services driven by student and parental demands.

Student recreation centers, with climbing walls and exercise machines, that resemble health clubs cost money to run. Student housing that resembles condos, with swimming pools, exercise rooms and other comforts, cost money to build and maintain. And let’s not forget football programs and new stadiums that are not profitable.

Students come to college not prepared. At the University of Akron, about 30 percent of all new students require at least one remedial course. Why do colleges bear these costs? I am tired of the class warfare and blame-the-rich game. Since when in America did it become the norm to attack people who are successful?

John F. Kline Jr.

Copley Township

Not allowed ?in any culture

I read the Oct. 28 article on the sentencing hearing for Shawn Ford (“Ford sentencing focuses on race”). Cultural differences?

In what culture is it OK to beat two people to death with a hammer? That argument, and the picture of smiling 12-year-old Shawn Ford, should be banned from the courtroom.

Neither are relevant. If Ford’s culture, IQ or any other factor left him without the ability to understand that beating people to death is wrong, that is all the more reason to execute him.

Chris Beebe

Bolivar

Taking credit ?for our work

I’m tired of hearing how Gov. John Kasich “works.” The people of Ohio are who work.

I am so tired of politicians like Kasich taking credit for all of us working. We Ohioans have taken hit after hit and have bounced back. Nothing that Kasich has done warrants his claiming credit for our work.

What work Kasich has done is rewarding high-income earners with tax cuts at the expense of lower-income earners.

Kasich has worked feverishly to deny women constitutionally guaranteed rights. Kasich has done nothing more than arrive in Ohio at the right time for Ohio workers to make him look good.

In my opinion, his right-wing ideology does not represent the majority of Ohioans and does not warrant another term in office.

Jack Woodyard

Bath Township

Pattern of ?misrepresentation

In a recent letter supporting a GOP candidate for Congress, the writer trots out the tired, discredited claims against the Affordable Care Act that the right wing has been belaboring for years (“Return Joyce to Congress,” Oct. 24).

He doesn’t tell us that individual mandates were first proposed by conservatives and first implemented by a GOP governor, the party’s most recent candidate for president. Conservatives decided that they didn’t like the idea of individual mandates when a Democratic Congress and president got their plan passed.

The writer tells us that insurance plans have been and will be cancelled. He doesn’t tell us that tens of thousands of plans were cancelled by insurance companies before the act was passed. Those policy holders had no place to go. Now they do.

The writer tells us of potentially 250,000 cancellations in Virginia, but doesn’t tell us that those people will be offered similar plans that meet Affordable Care Act guidelines and will have subsidies available if they qualify.

He also doesn’t tell us that Virginia’s GOP-controlled legislature can extend the present policies if it chooses, as other states have done.

The writer tells us that premiums will increase by 12 percent on individuals and businesses. He doesn’t tell us that insurance premiums regularly increased before the act was passed and that reliable sources anticipate only a 7 percent increase in individual premiums.

Finally, the writer claims that the act reduces Medicare and Medicaid spending. He doesn’t tell us that those “reductions” come from savings through efficiencies, not “cuts”. He also doesn’t tell us that U.S. Rep. David Joyce and his fellow conservatives supported actual cuts to Medicare of the same amounts when they were proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan.

The writer and the GOP depend on misrepresentation and outright prevarication to deride a law that has brought health care to millions. Don’t let them get away with it.

George P. Bohan

Akron

By no means

It was so nice to see that an English teacher at Coventry High School is so concerned about the Coventry school levy, considering she lives in Springfield Township (“Renewal levy for Coventry schools,” Oct. 25).

I think the school district should start looking for ways to cut its budget and stay on course instead of always coming to the taxpayers.

Why does the district think we can always come up with the money? There is no money tree in my backyard. Coventry school district should stop hounding taxpayers for more levies and try to live within its means.

Kathy Rastetter

Coventry Township

High level ?of hypersensitivity

The recent article “Home videos offensive, rival says” about the rivalry between Archbishop Hoban and St. Vincent-St. Mary took me back a bit.

The tone and over-sensitivity to minutiae in this article would be expected of a high school newspaper, not one with adult reporters.

This type of article neither wins you no fans nor reflects well on your integrity. As a parent, I was also distressed to see no comments from Walsh or St. Vincent parents dismissing such silly concerns.

I spend so much of my professional career teaching students to ignore the words and actions of others unless there is really a true problem and to avoid the foolishness of being “offended” every two seconds. Who would have thought that I would now have to do the same for the adults in their lives?

I suggest that we all focus on the true problems in our society. That should give more than enough for all of us to manage.

Meanwhile, let’s leave teenage sports rivalries to the children unless there are real concerns. This level of hypersensitivity will only bring our children grief down the road, so we should avoid encouraging it, let alone initiating it.

Maria Sargent

Tallmadge

Duty to pay

I moved to Mogadore in 1966 because it was a safe community and the schools had a good reputation. In a few years, my boys started school, followed by my daughter several years later.

I had made no investment in those schools; they were built by taxpayers before me. The teachers and staff were already there.

Those before me had “paid it forward.” When my children graduated, it was my turn to “pay it forward.” I consider it my responsibility as someone who benefited from those before me, to continue to fund the excellence of the Mogadore schools.

My grandson is enrolled in the elementary school, and I still consider it my duty to fund the schools. Please join me Tuesday to support the Mogadore school levy.

John Yeargin

Mogadore