The Sept. 19 editorial “Safe, legal and unduly burdened’’ was extremely disappointing.

For generations, journalists — the Beacon Journal included — have been supporters and defenders of the oppressed and those suffering from injustice. The “little guy” could be defended in a just cause by a journalist at times when few others might help.

But unborn children — the littlest of the little guys — have no friend in the editorial pages of the Beacon Journal, whose editorials continue to defend and try to justify the killing of unborn human beings.

At one time the U.S. Supreme Court declared slavery to be legal, but slavery and its evilness were never just despite slavery’s former legal protection. The same is true for the killing of unborn children — it may be legal at present, but it’s unjust.

God, the creator of life, said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Humans do not have the right to kill innocent unborn human beings, who are created by God.

Patrick Kunklier

Fairlawn

Bring Highland into the modern era

I am writing as a Highland resident, parent of Highland students and as a physician. My children have been attending a Highland elementary school for the past five years, and I have seen firsthand some of the conditions that the students and staff are faced with daily.

One of my biggest concerns is the heat in the classrooms. At times, the temperature will reach over 90 degrees in the classrooms. Students are at risk for dehydration just by sitting there.

Another concern is the lack of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility in the elementary schools. This is not acceptable.

These buildings have been well taken care of for the past 77 years to 100 years, but it is time for new construction. We need buildings with security measures, electrical systems that can accommodate current and future technology as well as HVAC systems.

I fully support Issue 18 and I hope that you vote for it as well on Nov. 7.

Margaret S. Miller

Granger Township

Police captain wins respect

Regarding ‘‘Captain on paid leave amid investigation’’ (Sept. 21), I have the pleasure of serving my neighborhood as Highland Park Block Watch captain and in doing so have developed a close relationship with the Akron Police Department. Seeing what they do on a daily basis is absolutely amazing.

When we were invaded by drug sellers I became familiar with police Capt. Brian Simcox. He knew the locations, the people, their habits and their clients. Thanks in large part to Simcox, we now can focus on other, more pleasant issues. We will always be grateful for his years of tireless service.

Greg Burke

Akron