Candidate focuses on health

As a registered nurse, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that a lack of affordable and accessible health care has on individuals and families. I’ve seen my family members suffer and in one case die. Have you experienced issues with access and affordability with health care for yourself or a family member? Perhaps you have a pre-existing health problem that you worry will threaten your access to or the affordability of your care?

Because of my experience I am voting for Randi Clites for state representative in the 75th Ohio House District. She sees health care protection as one of her four priorities. She knows firsthand about health care and its problems and promise as her son was diagnosed at an early age with a bleeding disorder and then with leukemia.

Randi works as associate director for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and as the advocacy coordinator for the Ohio Bleeding Disorders Council. Her commitment to Portage County and health care are visible in her volunteer work. She has coached softball in both Kent and Ravenna, volunteered as a Big Sister and served on many committees at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Her activism at Children’s is exemplary and includes advocacy experience at both state and national levels. All of these experiences provided Randi with the background to see not only health issues, but also her other stated priorities like creating jobs that pay a decent wage, an issue to many working in health care today.

Like Randi Clites, let’s do all we can for what we believe in. Make a difference and vote.

Ruth Ludwick, Kent

 

Inappropriate nominee

Regarding ‘‘A way out of the Kavanaugh dilemma’’ (Sept. 19), columnist David Drehle says “either choice” (appointing Kavanaugh as Supreme Court judge or refusing to confirm him) “presents the acute possibility that a grave injustice will be done.” No it does not. There is no “injustice” in failing to appoint a man to a job he does not need.

Currently Kavanaugh makes a minimum of $220,000 a year. He’ll be fine without the job. He is simply an inappropriate candidate since it is currently unclear whether he attempted to rape a teen while in high school. Find someone appropriate to nominate. There are plenty to choose from. It is no more a grave injustice to fail to confirm Kavanaugh than it is that I did not win the lottery. This is no “dilemma.’’

Tricia Thomson, Akron

 

Trump's judge of character

We, the American people, have installed an avowed sexual predator in the highest office of the land. President Trump has bragged, on tape and as an adult, that he “grabs” women by their genitals against their will and that they are powerless to defend themselves. Now this same man wants us to trust his judgment when he states that the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an “outstanding person.” What moral standard is he using?

Carol Button, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Well-paying honor

Ryan Day, one of two offensive coordinators for Ohio State, accepted the challenge of standing in as head coach for Urban Meyer’s recent three-game suspension. Day, who makes $1 million per year, received a bonus of $487,000 for his “above and beyond” the call of duty actions (‘‘OSU assistant Ryan Day receives bonus pay,’’ Sept. 20). Day was quoted as saying he was honored and “it means a lot to me and my family” for Ohio State’s benevolence.

If Ohio State gave me $487,000 to hold a play card over my mouth for three games, I would be honored too — all the way to the bank.

Richard J. Steinle, Mogadore