I’m concerned about the future of my Cuyahoga Falls neighborhood under the Robart administration.

Not too long ago, most homes had a front porch that served as a vehicle to meet, greet and converse with neighbors. Now it’s rare, most likely replaced by a fence, gate or, too frequently, a barking dog. So much for neighborliness.

For too many Cuyahoga Falls neighborhoods, home break-ins, drug houses, family fights, disturbance of the peace and disorderly conduct are becoming all too common.

Perhaps any given neighborhood is only a few steps away from becoming a “hood.”

Some of these steps are worth more than a casual thought, unless you would allow the most costly item most of us will ever purchase, our home, to fall victim.

One of these steps is to do simple maintenance. The city needs to do more to enforce this.

Another step is for city leaders to pressure absentee landlords to do a lot more than wait for the rental check.

The last step is for agencies whose personnel have morphed into social engineers who “place clients” into neighborhoods without concern for their impact to train clients in how to maintain their homes, and remove them if they do not.

Our city leaders are principally concerned with annexation and taking prime real estate to build more big box stores, and with grocery venues that feed you gourmet samples while you shop for a pound of hamburger and macaroni.

Is Mayor Robart incapable of conceptualizing a more enjoyable and practical shopping experience?

What thoughtful mayors think about is improving the sense of community and tradition without greasing big corporations with our tax dollars to get them to build in the community.

I think City Council President Don Walters would be a thoughtful mayor.

Bill Simmons

Cuyahoga Falls

Irresponsible ?in response

Congress frequently loses its compass and fails its legislative responsibilities, never more egregiously than dealing with the Affordable Care Act. House members have voted to repeal the act some 40 times, somehow continuing to expect a different result.

At the 11th hour, House members offer an alternative plan, without any hearing or debate. Proposing a plan with a few generalities is insulting.

Even the most committed proponents of the act agree revisions are needed. Congress had three years to amend it — and what happened, besides the repeal votes? Nothing.

By voting, we hire legislators, and we expect them to act responsibly. Even the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times.

Opponents of the act focus on the polls showing that a majority of Americans are opposed to it.

But a vast majority of citizens have insufficient knowledge of the complicated act to make a considered judgment.

This is a case where misinformation, much of the rhetoric originating from members of Congress, was more effective than the truth.

If the act is deferred or defunded, perhaps members of Congress could sit down face-to-face with their uninsured constituents to explain why their needs don’t matter enough to find a solution for comprehensive health care and preventive services.

Members of Congress and their constituents have lived through two major attempts to establish health-care solutions. Will we be the last developed country to have a plan? If not now, when?

Lavon Sumption

Columbus

Multiple risks ?with fracking

Over the past eight months I have written letters to newspapers in Ohio and other states regarding the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.

My emphasis has been on the terribly wasteful use and contamination of the fresh water used. Now, after reading the information in an article by Christopher Busby, scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk, I am deeply disturbed to discover that we have more to fear than the loss of our water.

From Busby’s article, “Wrecking the Earth: Fracking has grave radiation risks few talk about,” I learned that it is probably the use of depleted uranium in shaped charges that fracture gas- and oil-bearing rock that has made it a profitable business.

It has also made it a profitable side business for the nuclear energy industry, as it helps to get rid of its waste.

Depleted uranium has been used in ammunition that slices heavy armament like butter and goes through reinforced concrete bunkers with ease. Everywhere that it has been used, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of still births, malformed babies and cancer.

Nowhere in Ohio is wastewater, drilling waste, wellheads, equipment, storage and surrounding land tested in any way for radioactivity.

Is fracking really that dangerous? It is worse than I ever imagined.

Janet Daily

Doylestown

Poor taste ?in judging

I love watching Dancing with the Stars, but the way the two male judges reviled an American icon, Bill Nye the Science Guy, on the season’s opening show was horrible.

The male judges had something positive to say about all the other star contestants except Nye, while the female judge gave a positive remark to all. Nye did at least as well as several of the other contestants, and he was quite the showman, as well as being an audience favorite.

Those judges should offer an apology to Nye and viewers for making such offensive remarks and low-balling Nye’s score to support their poor taste in “jokes.”

These types of venomous remarks singling out one performer are not funny or entertaining, and should not be tolerated. The people of the U.S. no longer tolerate remarks in poor taste from anyone in the public eye.

Dancing with the Stars holds two hours of prime time on a major network. These types of remarks should be monitored there, too.

If remarks in extremely poor taste are made on this show, the ones making them should be the first in issuing an apology, and the network should be apologizing, too.

Michele Dennes

Akron