I have been living and working in Ghana for over three years. It is important to note that Ghana has no documented cases of Ebola. Nonetheless, a reader’s first response might be to discard this newspaper or close his or her Internet browser in fear that somehow the virus has spread through my computer and onto the newspaper or screen. If you recognize that is outrageous, I applaud you, and I urge you to educate your family, friends and neighbors on how the Ebola virus is spread.

Akron residents should take a moment to step back from the news reports and consider their reactions. They should keep children in school and continue to patronize local retailers. They should recognize that they have access to amazing health facilities, infrastructure and education. Their chances of contracting Ebola are extremely low, and their chances of survival are very high.

This is not the reality for individuals in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Unfortunately, those countries do not have strong health facilities, infrastructure and education. Yet residents of these West African countries are risking their lives to care for their family, friends and neighbors.

Meanwhile, Akron residents removed their children from school and voluntarily confined themselves in fear that they may have come in contact with someone who might have the Ebola virus.

If Akron residents want to do something logical, they should take the time they spend watching the news, the energy they use being fearful and the money they’re spending on disinfectant and put them into a worthy effort to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

They should educate themselves on the virus, correct individuals who are spreading misinformation and donate to an organization that is battling the virus in West Africa. Remember that every individual who has contracted Ebola is a human being worthy of love and care. Please be aware of language and resist the tendency to stigmatize Ebola patients and citizens originating from countries battling the virus.

Emily Daher

Accra, Ghana

Editor’s note: The writer was born and raised in Akron.

No example

The words “pricey” and “nasty” were used in the headline over Stephanie Warsmith’s Oct. 23 article on the race in the 14th U.S. House District. What is frightening is that this is the best we can do, and we think we set an example for the world.

Now that the corporations are in charge of our elections, I guess we get what we deserve. In my 50-plus years of voting, I have never seen ads that are so misleading. Neither party has demonstrated even one ad in which to feel pride. Money talks and integrity walks.

M.M. Elliott

Green

Not recommended

Thank you for your Sept. 29 Ohio House endorsements in the upcoming election.

I was glad to see you were not for Kristina Roegner’s re-election in the 37th Ohio House District. This is the same lady who gladly supported Gov. John Kasich on Senate Bill 5.

This spring, Roegner attempted to garner support to make Ohio a right-to-work state. Roegner also tried to eliminate the Standard Choice Offer, usually the cheapest residential gas rate for your home, by introducing House Bill 102, a bill even she claims did not originate from her.

Ray Hoffman

Cuyahoga Falls

Try the other side

Bob Dyer found 21 disgruntled people and the paper ran a series of front-page articles. We know every story has two sides. How about interviewing the thousands who have positive things to say about the ministry of the Rev. Ernest Angley and put that on the front page?

Ron Allen

Wadsworth

Proven leader

Voters should endorse and back Michael Charney for a seat on the Ohio Board of Education. Charney has over 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and is a former National Teacher of the Year.

Charney has my vote because he will hold failing for-profit charter schools accountable and work thoughtfully and carefully to prevent standardized testing from interfering with teaching.

He is a proven leader who will be an articulate and knowledgeable advocate for public schools, students, parents and our community.

He has spearheaded numerous community initiatives to encourage student civic engagement.

The state school board plays a huge role in formulating policies and writing regulations for our education system, so it is vital that Akron voters make a choice in this race. Mine is Michael Charney.

Rich Swirsky

Akron

Editor’s note: The writer is Ward 1 representative on the Akron City Council.