Humanity in government

Being one of the many citizens who have pre-existing medical conditions, I regard protections for people like me to be an extremely important issue. Anyone who would sue to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to any of us is just creating a new class of discrimination. Carving out a group to deny health care to is wrong, and I will vote against anyone who has ever voted to allow insurance companies to deny coverage for those of us who happen to have pre-existing conditions. I encourage anyone who values equal protection under the law to do likewise.

Contrary to what the so-called conservatives say, there is a whole lot more to life than jobs, taxes and money. Life is about humanity and how we treat each other, not how we guard our bottom line or how we hate taxes. Humanity is neither left nor right; it’s not about ideologies and political parties; it is about all of us. Let’s come together for the common good, not partisan politics, for once.

Keary W. Crim, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Mayor not listening

Regarding Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s Oct. 30 commentary, ‘‘While Sage Lewis postures,’’ Horrigan needs to be addressed because attempting to belittle Lewis because of a bruised ego or hurt feelings is pathetic and cowardly.

Mayor, you’ve presented readers with a disturbingly paternalistic view on Akron’s homeless citizens. You also seem to have little grasp of the actual problem, regardless of how many visits you make to shelters. It might behoove you to stop being uppity to people who are trying to help and actually listen to what they’re telling you. You want to criticize these citizens for living in tents because “living in tents is beneath human dignity,” but who are you to tell anyone else what slights their dignity? Some are likely living the most dignified life their circumstances will allow.

You don’t get to decide what Sage Lewis’ intentions and assistance should look like. Like you, he’s doing the best he can with what he’s got. He may not be an expert on the issue of homelessness, but I’d pit his knowledge and experience with it over yours any day.

You don’t want people to think you’re putting people out on the street at Thanksgiving, but isn’t this literally what you are demanding? Sure, the timing is bad — not a nefarious government plot — but the chips are falling where you wanted them to land and now you’re whining about the optics.

If this is how you talk to people who don’t agree with you, it’s no wonder you’re having trouble with Lewis. Grow up. You’re just the mayor, get over yourself.

K.A. McMullen, Akron

 

Safer in Kenmore

I live in Kenmore and frequent Kenmore Boulevard at different times of the day every day of the week. I travel both by vehicle and on foot. After two months, I’d like to offer my thoughts as a local resident. Do I have concerns? Certainly, but I would like to discourage much of the personal-attack narrative many find appropriate.

The combination of disagreement and attack will never unify. I would also like to point out that seldom do I experience traffic delays. When I do, they cost what, an extra 30 seconds to 60 seconds on my trip?

From driving (entering and exiting at different points), to parking and patronizing businesses, to training as a dedicated runner I find the slower speeds make for a safer and more usable street for all.

The Rev. Kevin Burkholder, Akron