I am responding to the Jan. 22 editorial, “How poverty affects learning.” I think parenting affects learning.

I work with the school system as well as the family. I agree that the public school system leaves much to be desired, but I have been doing this for the last 12 years, and I have steadily watched the decline of the family system.

As a society, we are not holding parents accountable for their children coming to school, obtaining health care or learning to socialize in an appropriate manner. Schools have become day care centers.

I have heard many times, “They are your problem while they are at school.” When I was in school, if there were consequences at school there were consequences at home. You went to school to learn. Parents parented, and teachers taught.

I understand that there are circumstances that cause poverty, but being a social worker, I know that there are hundreds of programs to help. We have allowed people to take advantage, and instead of empowering them, we have enabled them to not be responsible for their children.

Yet they keep having them, and as a society, we keep giving more. We make excuses and lower standards. I wish I had a nickel for every kid who went to a charter school because at public schools the child attended “the teacher was mean” or “the principal starts stuff.”

It doesn’t take much to see the common denominator. Let’s quit making excuses, teach responsibility and quit allowing parents to abuse the welfare system. They should be productive members of society.

We must live by the choices we make, and until we are held accountable, things will not change. Not everyone is a winner and not everyone gets the trophy. If children are not taught to be responsible for their actions and excuses are continually made, the cycle will continue.

DeAnna Christian

Tallmadge

Gone from Akron

The words of 1992 presidential candidate Ross Perot are still true.

As Huntington Bank pillages FirstMerit, it will take from Akron high-paying jobs with their city income taxes, United Way and faith-based contributions and local decision-making, redundant branches and hometown goodwill.

Listen for Perot’s “giant sucking sound” as jobs go south.

Jim Weyrick

Akron

Problem-solver?for Stark County

I am writing to encourage Stark County voters to elect Dr. Dave Mungo for county commissioner.

As a practicing physician, he knows what it means to run a business and create jobs. He understands the challenge of rising costs for health care and health-care insurance facing all of us. And as a doctor, he knows how to analyze problems and prescribe solutions that fit the problem.

Dave believes government should operate within constitutional limits, not do all things for all people. He is a man committed to family values. He is in church almost every Sunday.

He is pro-life in a positive way that “lights a candle” rather than “curses the darkness.” With his wife, he has been a foster parent for more than 20 years. I encourage voters to nominate Dr. Dave Mungo in the March 15 Republican primary.

The Rev. Rick Sams

Alliance

Too close ?to terrorists

It is true that Kent State professor Julio Pino’s remarks are protected by free speech guarantees. However, shouting “Death to Israel” during a former Israeli diplomat’s remarks proves to me that Pino is a frustrated terrorist.

In his latest comments, he wanted to show his ISIS brethren that he is with them at least in words if not yet in deeds. Those words actually call for the elimination of all Jews, echoing Germany’s Nazi death camps.

Is that a man who deserves tenure? Even at Kent State?

I hope the FBI will find something that will end his having it both ways once and for all. There are not many jobs paying $79,000 a year in his native Cuba.

William M. Brown

Lake Township