Give Plusquellic credit

Regarding the Jan. 30 article ‘‘Former Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic considering a mayoral bid’’: Many people who now enjoy downtown Akron have no clue what it used to be like.

Downtown Akron was nothing in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It was nothing more than a ghost town. The only reason to go there was to go to St. Bernard church, appear in court, or go to jail.

Today, because of Plusquellic, downtown Akron is thriving with countless options of what to do for enjoyment. You can even take in a professional baseball game without having to take out a loan and still be able to buy a hot dog and a Coke for your kids.

I have heard Plusquellic can rub people the wrong way and even be considered rude. Sometimes, that can happen. Many people don’t like change, and there are times when you have to ruffle a few feathers.

Viewing downtown Akron today, and comparing it to before Plusquellic became mayor would be like comparing the winter weather in Akron to Florida. Like him or not, Plusquellic has been good for Akron.

Deno Lorenzo, Lake Township

 

Help city neighborhoods

Regarding the Jan. 25 letter ‘‘Mayor’s priorities wrong,’’ the focus of this administration is rebuilding downtown Akron. Neighborhoods, especially poorer ones, are neglected.

I’d love to see Mayor Dan Horrigan get damn mad about something.

Mary Stone, Akron

 

Unworkable death penalty

The Jan. 28 editorial, headlined online “Ohio’s death penalty fails to meet its own test,” paints an accurate picture of the dilemma facing Gov. Mike DeWine. Essentially, Ohio has an unworkable execution process that violates our state constitution because it amounts to torture. That’s what the federal court found.

I give the governor credit for recognizing this problem and issuing the reprieve. But these execution drug problems won’t go away. It’s like a game of whack-a-mole that Ohio needs to stop playing. Our track record with executions is clear. First, there is a problem with the drugs; next, there is an execution, often botched, that is basically a human experiment; then, there is a new drug with even more problems. And the whole life-or-death saga repeats.

The death penalty process forces victims’ families to live year after year through appeals without closure. The state can and should do better for crime victims’ families by ending this cycle and instead have defendants serve the rest of their life in prison.

Bruce Freeman, Akron

 

Priority on truth

The Rev. Bill Davis told the Beacon Journal that, “Sometimes truth has to suffer that love prevail” (“The Rev. Ernest Angley admitted sexual encounter,” Jan. 20).

I disagree with Davis. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Telling the truth, when done in love, is to bring Christ into the situation. When it comes to sexual abuse, especially sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults, telling the truth is absolutely imperative, regardless of how the suspected abuser may feel about the allegations.

If Davis had reported his knowledge of Angley’s sexual abuse, perhaps Angley would have been removed from ministry and the suffering of others would have been prevented.

Some Christians think that they need to be “nice.” Jesus was not just a “nice” guy. He called people out of their sinfulness. He flipped tables. He told the truth. To love is not simply to be nice. Reporting abuse may not be nice for the abuser, but it is loving.

Abby Gresser, Stow