We the membership of the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County are disappointed, saddened and, yes, embarrassed recently by the lack of leadership during Akron City Council meetings.

Several members of the City Council are current members or recent past members of the FDWSC, who through leadership development have learned the importance and significance of shared leadership, compromise and respect. No one member of City Council should ever feel threatened by words or behavior in what is supposed to be a civil and safe working environment. We expect that council members would not disturb or disrupt the public’s trust with careless, disrespectful misconduct.

So many of the recent contentious meetings have had nothing to do with the business of the city, nor ways to improve the quality of life for residents, employees, institutions and especially protection of the integrity of our city for our youths’ future.

The FDWSC is counting on City Council for wisdom, guidance, patience, temperance and demonstrated leadership. The future of this city is in their hands.

Renee L. Greene

President, Federated Democratic Women

of Summit County

Akron

Do something through Issue 2

I’m going to make a bold prediction. If state Issue 2 passes, your medicine prices most likely will go up. In fact, if Issue 2 fails, your medicine prices will definitely go up.

One of the problems with Issue 2 is that it’s damned if it passes, and damned if it doesn’t. If someone’s medicine price goes up, it will be blamed (whether valid or not) if it passes. If it fails, “concerned taxpayers” will scream about how they’re funding the higher prices for those on Medicare and such. Win-win for the pharmaceutical industry.

Another point to be made is in the “language” of the bill. An anti-Issue 2 push points out that the taxpayers will hand a blank check to the billionaire’s lawyers. The interesting part is that this language borrows heavily from the legislation that Republicans and conservatives have pushed in “lawsuit reform,” where the entity losing the court case has to pay expenses of the winner of the case. This allows corporations to “run out the clock,” filing appeal after appeal in the courts until the corporation either wins the case or the persons suing run out of money to fight and have to give up.

And one last point is laughable. Once again, the Republican/conservative push is that a “billionaire” is writing the legislation of a bill. Given the fact that the Republican Party is now headed by an alleged “multi-billionaire” who was installed into the White House, I find this highly laughable and hypocritical.

I’m voting for Issue 2. Unlike a certain Republican senator, I don’t believe that doing nothing is better than doing something.

Ernest Michaels

Cuyahoga Falls

Kneel or stand?

If people want to kneel and pray while the national anthem is sung (preferably by people who can actually sing it), why are they being criticized for it?

This manner of drawing attention to injustices done to way too many American citizens is far more respectful to flag and country than burning it, which our court says is free speech.

So raise the flag, sing the song, stand at attention, or not. So what!

Nancy Lockwood

Streetsboro