As a former mayor, I understand the financial plight of the city of Barberton. The city income tax has not kept up with inflation, making less money available for street resurfacing and other city needs.

In addition, the state of Ohio sends less money back to cities each year in revenue sharing.

I want to urge the citizens to support Issue 8 on Nov. 5. I understand that no one wants to pay additional taxes, but we have to accept realty. In order to have our streets maintained to a reasonable level, we must give our elected officials adequate resources to accomplish this.

Do we want to continue the present level of street maintenance? I hope your answer to this is “no.”

I realize it is hard to understand the circumstances in which Barberton and other cities find themselves.

The state of Ohio has reduced your state income tax by almost 30 percent over the last few years.

Legislators have balanced the state’s budget by drastically reducing the income tax returned to local government, including schools, libraries, cities and counties.

They have put the burden on local taxpayers. There have been many articles in local papers indicating what the state has done to the finances of local governments.

The increase Issue 8 asks for is 0.25 percentage points. Your current rate in Barberton is 2 percent.

This will provide the city an additional $1.3 million annually, pledged for street maintenance.

Collectively, we will save this much in fewer auto repairs from fewer chuckholes.

I want to point out that this will not cost senior citizens a penny. The additional tax is levied on earned income only.

Pensions and Social Security are exempt from city income tax.

In addition, if you work in Akron, but live in Barberton, it will not cost you anything additional. If you work in Akron, you are already paying a 2.25 percent income tax.

I hope you can look at this issue realistically and join me and others in voting for Issue 8.

Kenneth R. Cox

Barberton

Assign Indians ?to new Tribe

The Oct. 20 commentary by Charles Krauthammer, “Words change, and so should the Redskins,” succinctly describes the evolution of words in conjunction with societal change.

The pejorative nature of some words is simply unacceptable, even with regard to tradition. It is tradition that allows us to normalize inherently derogatory connotations. One does not use the term “redskins” to describe indigenous peoples, unless you have been asleep the last 50 years.

Words matter, for it is words that shape our reality. As Krauthammer puts it, “Unless you’re looking to give gratuitous offense, you don’t call someone ‘retarded’?”

In Northeast Ohio, maybe it’s time to remove Chief Wahoo from our collective vernacular. How about replacing the “Indians” with the “Tribe”?

David Cebula

Akron

Affordable upgrade

I am writing in support of the Norton City Schools bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot. It is designed to build and renovate our schools.

In looking at the plan that the administration and board have proposed, it is obvious that they listened carefully to the community and responded to our wishes for an affordable plan which keeps the high school in the center of our town.

When constructed, the new and upgraded buildings will be a tremendous asset to Norton and will provide our children with a wonderful environment for learning. Let’s get behind this plan and give our students the facilities they deserve.

Michael Wronkovich

Norton

Capital update

Washington Redskins too old-fashioned? Here’s a couple up-to-date suggestions: Washington DCeivers, or Washington MisLeaders.

Don Grigsby

Akron