Represent the people

I am fed up. I’m fed up with people who vote for a party instead of the person representing that party. I’m fed up with the deliberate and decisive polarization of America. I’m fed up with the schoolyard bullying and the “my way or the highway” attitude, and I’m fed up with blustering histrionics that accompany each budget bill.

A government shutdown causes legislators to work on a weekend or miss part of their vacation? It means the president can’t go to Mar-a-Lago? Aw, too bad. At least they still get their paychecks. What about the hapless government workers who are caught up in the drama and had to face Christmas and bills without pay?

A solution to stop government shutdowns would be to lock both houses of Congress and the president in a room and not let them out until a compromise has been reached. Congress needs to remember that the Great Compromise is what established their positions in the first place.

Two better solutions: Also deprive Congress and the president of their pay until a solution has been reached, and establish term limits for members of Congress. I realize these measures mean changing the Constitution, so they would take quite a long time, if ever, to pass.

Until then, Congress and the president need to put on their big boy pants, roll up their sleeves and do the job they were elected to do. Right now none of them represents me.

Carol Ray, Fairlawn

 

Kasich's work in Ohio

During these toxic times there is little doubt some political entities could do with a public relations makeover.

When Ohio Gov. John Kasich runs for president in 2020, he will surely point to his replenishing of the state's rainy day fund as evidence of his qualification for the nation's top job — but at what cost to communities across the state, having hamstrung them financially just to polish his resume.

And what about Kasich's permitting the University of Akron board of trustees to run UA into the ditch, their poor choices greatly contributing to UA losing a third of its enrollment, more than 9,000 students.

Since it is the season of giving, perhaps Kasich could suggest to these “Bah! Humbug!” trustees that they should begin to make amends and do something nice for the community, like bringing back the Acme Zip football game.

James Collver, Akron

 

Which side is truthful?

Regarding the Dec. 12 letter “Delusional Democrats,” I am convinced the letter writer and I live on different planets. He is firm in his conviction that U.S. Reps. Adam  Schiff and Jerry Nadler should be offering their resignations. But what have they said that is untrue?

We have a president who makes false claims daily and yet that doesn't seem to be a concern to him. Please listen to the false information from President Trump and hold him accountable.

It is the height of hypocrisy when "truth" is required from Democrats while Republicans make excuses for a president who lies daily.

Becky Weihe, Akron

 

Indisposed by rules

I really do want to save the environment by recycling but all of the do’s and don't’s make my head spin. Take the cap off, rinse bottles thoroughly, no glass, no this and no, not that.

No wonder people throw their hands up and say “oh well.”

We need to think about revisiting Bill DeHaven’s brainstorm, the Akron Recycle Energy System plant. Then there would be no question.

Mary Stone, Akron