Kudos to Dr. Constance Bouchard on her well-crafted Aug. 22 letter (“University takes wrong turn”). The new leadership at the University of Akron would be well served by consulting professor Bouchard (an internationally recognized scholar) on all matters academic.

There can be no disputing that the university administration inherited an untenable economic situation, the result of many years of bad judgment and even worse policymaking. It is further understandable that the financial morass engulfing the university will take many years to reverse. However, a plan designed to extricate the university from its economic abyss that has at its core eviscerating the heart of the academy (the College of Arts and Sciences) can only be doomed to failure.

Before implementing this plan the new leadership ought to ask the following question: Should the university continue as an institution of academic excellence? While pondering this question the administration should take note that Stark State College is knocking at its back door. The answer may very well determine whether or not Stark continues to knock at the back door or will soon find itself occupying Buchtel Hall.

Carlo Maltempi

Tallmadge

Give back the keys

I don’t understand why former CIA Director John Brennan and others object to having their security clearances revoked.

If I sold a house but kept a key so I could return and go through the new owner’s private things, the new owner would have every right to make me get out and give back the key.

Or if I no longer worked at a bank, I certainly would not expect to be allowed to keep keys so I’d have access to all the money and valuables. The bank would have every right to make me give back the keys.

So it’s illogical for officials from any previous administration to think they should be allowed to keep their security clearances. It’s especially dangerous for any new administration to allow those workers who are antagonistic toward them to be allowed to keep previous privileges with the intention of subverting the new administration.

Pamela D. Wayland

Coventry Township

Jim Jordan deserves praise

Marilou Johanek’s Aug. 28 column on U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan was a mean-spirited diatribe. She suggests that Jordan gets re-elected because he’s in a gerrymandered district. In truth, Jordan is popular because he defies political correctness, promotes sensible conservative policies and exhibits a high degree of integrity.

Johanek, a self-professed liberal, claims Jordan is a puppet of President Donald Trump. Johanek is obviously dismayed at the successful reforms Trump has implemented, and she is taking out her anger by disparaging an honest and respected Ohio congressman. Jim Jordan doesn’t deserve this kind of treatment. He should be commended, not vilified.

Robert Lattimer

Stow

Misplaced loyalty

Can someone explain why so many Republicans have decided to offer their subservience to Donald Trump and to turn their back on the U.S. Constitution, even those who put their hand on a Bible and took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic?

American democracy is based on the rule of law and that no individual, including the president, is above the law. Loyalty oaths belong in countries run by despots, not in representative democracies.

Roger Marble

Ravenna