LaRose’s poor record

Regarding the Jan. 13 article about Frank LaRose’s swearing-in as Ohio secretary of state, the report neglects to mention that some of LaRose’s goals are exactly the same things the League of Women Voters and the NAACP already advocated.

The report says LaRose believes his ‘‘office should have access to updated addresses every time a voter interacts with the state … With access to those addresses and the dates of interaction with the state, many people’s voting registrations could hypothetically continue unchallenged until they die or move out of state.”

True voting rights advocates also support automatic voter registration, but LaRose opposes that.

I know, because I asked him during the 2018 campaign — publicly, on his Twitter account — to support the AVR bill submitted by his opponent, then-state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, and he publicly refused, even though, as I pointed out, Republican governors have been signing them across the nation.

LaRose voted for every single Republican voter suppression bill the past seven years; voted for the most gerrymandered districts in the nation; as well as opposed efforts to make it easier for voters to vote for third parties and for Ohioans to get and stay enrolled.

Dave Huntsman, Boston Heights

 

Civility and women

Regarding the Jan. 20 column by Editor Bruce Winges, ‘‘It’s time to be civil,’’ I applaud any effort to encourage our citizens to be civil.

However, I was saddened by the size and composition of the Greater Akron Civility Center advisory board [women are two of seven members] at the University of Akron. Women make up over half the population but are in less than 20 percent of the country’s business and political leadership. Women by their nature are more civil and less prone to violence.

I was at a community breakfast about a year ago when the issue of civility was rolled out. There were five white men making the presentation. I questioned why there were no women. The response was that the sole woman was unable to make it. Perhaps if I was the sole woman I might not have been able to make it.

Ann Brooks Duff, New Franklin

 

Greater needs than wall

Donald Trump promised if he were elected president he would build a border wall and Mexico would pay for it. Mexico laughed in his face. Now President Trump is holding the American people hostage to pay for his wall. He cavalierly shuts down our government with no regard for American government workers and their families. He is acting like a spoiled child to satisfy a campaign promise that he can’t deliver. Trump needs to own his failure.

We need a united country with a president who is able to represent all of us, not just his base. Our tax dollars can be better spent on our infrastructure, health care, environment, job creation and so many other issues that would actually benefit the American people.

Rita Rocci, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Pedestrians at risk

Last weekend’s storm forced a sharing of the street by vehicles and pedestrians. Many drivers of vehicles appeared to allow space for pedestrians. But vehicles and pedestrians shouldn’t mix.

Yes, there is upset over the city of Akron’s response to clearing streets for cars. But clearing a safe path for walkers is also important. Include people who walk when considering service improvement.

Jerry Egan, Akron

 

Barberton beats Akron

Akron should be ashamed. The roads were nearly impossible to drive on after last weekend’s storm because of the ice and snow. When you hit Barberton, their roads were clear. Akron needs to take some lessons from Barberton’s street crews.

Linda Keller, Akron