Light, color appreciated

My family and I love to visit Akron to experience its art and culture. We regularly visit the Akron Art Museum, the Summit ArtSpace and events at Lock 3. Several months ago my son spotted a building on Main Street that was changing color. We pulled into a parking lot and marveled at the iridescent patterns. It was the Ian Brill installation, ‘‘Reverie,’’ which is part of the Curated Storefront project.

Since then, we have explored the Curated Storefront exhibits at the Polsky Building and the Civic Theatre and looked at the wonderful creations in numerous storefront windows. We love the colorful decals from Candy Coated, and Dominic Falcione’s geometric masking tape murals. The lights and colors at night are especially attractive, transforming dark blocks into festive wonderlands. Downtown has never felt more welcoming.

I want to praise Curated Storefront for their work, and to encourage the city and donors to continue to support the storefronts and other downtown art projects. Art like this is changing my perception of downtown Akron, and it’s encouraging me to visit more and more often.

Fred Pierre, Kent

 

Students need help

Kudos to Doug Livingston for the Nov. 18 article “Path to diploma blocked for some.” What has happened to the alternate pathways that have been available in the past for students who needed a couple points to graduate? It doesn’t seem fair to change the rules in midstream and leave 38 percent of Ohio seniors who have not yet passed the state-mandated exams in this precarious position.

What does this mean for a senior who has a 3.6 GPA and good attendance, but is a poor test taker and is two points shy of the required points? I hope someone can convince our lawmakers to fix this before it’s too late for these kids, and that we can get Gov. John Kasich off the campaign trail long enough to sign an extension on the alternative pathways.

Sue Rice, Munroe Falls

 

Don’t forget veterans

Each day in the United States, 20 military veterans take their own life. When will the mental health authorities admit there is a crisis?

These people were ready to give their very last measure for us. Is paying lip service for their sacrifice all we can do?

They come home and we forget about them.

They are a lifelong responsibility, not just for their fellow veterans to worry about but all of us.

Terry Lambert, Akron

 

Words for Trump

Television personality Laura Ingraham felt she was doing a service to the American people by harshly suggesting that Akron’s LeBron James just “shut up and dribble.”

Another public service would be for her to ask Donald Trump to concentrate on the tasks he was elected to do and to do his part to silence the extraneous noise that has marked his regime. Political civility would edge slowly toward reality if she used her most respectful and polite voice to plead with Trump to just “shut up and govern.”

Tom Gaffney, Stow

 

Yearning to breathe free

Perhaps we should revisit the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty. The sonnet ‘‘New Colossus’’ was written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 to help raise money to build a pedestal for the gift from France. One part of it reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

It seems there are some among us now who would rather see a sign placed there stating: “Do Not Enter.”

H. Craig Erskine III, Stow