Ever since I learned of the shootings at the high school in Washington State, I have been depressed and upset (“Teacher hailed as hero for grabbing gunman,” Oct. 26). I’m a father and a grandfather, and cannot imagine what my feelings would be if a shooting had occurred at my child’s school.

I’m a retired teacher and find it hard to believe that the educators today have their lives on the line when their focus is supposed to be on educating the next generation. I am appalled at the lack of action following Sandy Hook and all the other shootings.

Are we crazy? It is being reported that in our country there are 90 guns for every 100 citizens. Because we have such a gun-crazy society, I agree that anyone who wants to get a gun can do so. I believe that is due to irresponsible gun owners and the equally irresponsible gun sellers.

Because this seems to be the reality, let’s deal with it. We must protect our students. Guns could be kept out of schools with metal detectors where students enter. Costly? Yes. How much is your child’s or grandchild’s life worth? Think a shooting can’t happen in Summit County? Want to bet your child’s or grandchild’s life on that assumption?

Let’s change the situation in all Summit County schools by insisting children be provided a secure place of learning, with metal detectors for every building, with guards if necessary.

If you object, then provide a better plan which can be implemented and not just studied. If I were a parent with a school-age child, I would be terrified to send him or her to school. If you feel that way, then get started with your PTA to protect your child or children before some sick person takes his or her emotional pain out on your child.

Ed Denning

New Franklin

Go Green ?in this election

I am fed up with the Ohio Democratic Party’s inability to come up with viable candidates.

Gov. John Kasich was eminently defeatable, on Senate Bill 5 alone, or on JobsOhio alone.

So the party gives us someone not even qualified for the job and whose campaign has been a dud from Day One.

Well, I’m not voting for Ed FitzGerald. I encourage fellow Democrats to consider the thoughtful, responsible answers Anita Rios gave to questions in the League of Women Voters 2014 Voter Guide.

This Green Party candidate for governor, who doesn’t make knee-jerk responses, has my vote. If you keep voting in desperation for the lesser of two evils, the choices get worse each time.

Richard Gercken

Massillon

Needed funds ?for Field schools

Two levies are on the ballot for the Field schools. Both are worthy of a “for” vote.

I have been a vocal critic of Field Local Schools finances in the past and actively opposed several past levy attempts. My criticisms focused on the work of the prior treasurer, about whom I did not have a favorable opinion.

The current treasurer, Todd Carpenter, is doing a good job and has corrected several past errors, thus taking away the immediate need for new operating monies.

Issue 5 is a renewal of a 7.3-mill levy for five years. It is not new and it is not an increase. It is one of the main levies supporting the Field schools, and, without it, the schools would change as we know them.

It costs the district $8,000 to put these issues on the ballot. Let’s just pass the renewal this time and save those costs.

Issue 6 is a 1-mill permanent improvements levy. Money raised by this levy can only be spent on items such as maintenance of buildings and grounds, buses and other capital improvements. Field has no other permanent-improvements levies on the books.

Passing this levy would provide base funding for a capital improvements budget that would enable the Field schools to continue to deliver the high level of education excellence in a safe, sound and comfortable setting.

As a grandfather of a proud first-grade Field Falcon, I am asking for help to provide all young Falcons many tomorrows of excellent educational opportunities. You can help by voting for Issues 5 and 6.

Thomas P. Serle

Brimfield Township

Wallowing in ?past failures

“Still haunted by losses,” the Oct. 25 column by Marla Ridenour, does a great disservice to Northeast Ohio sports teams and their fans.

Every year, we have to once again wallow in past failures as journalists like Ridenour drag us back through the details of losses that are better forgotten.

It’s a sad state when most Northeast Ohio fans instantly recognize the branded negativity of “The Drive,” “The Fumble” and “The Shot.”

Don’t these journalists realize that they are creating a regional and multi-generational losing attitude? Don’t they understand that winners learn what they can from a loss, then forget about it and move on?

Other sports towns lose big games, and they don’t do this. Let’s develop a winning attitude that will help our teams win, not propagate an expectation of failure.

Doug Simmers

Massillon