Variety in education

The Feb. 3 article “Hashtag stirs debate over Christian schools” brought up a very important point. The Associated Press reporter writes that critics are concerned about those who would “breed intolerance toward people with a different outlook.” Oddly enough, the solution seems to be to do away with those who have a different point of view. The article seems to have a particular bias against Christian schools as there was no mention of other faith-based schools or even the difficulties occurring in our public schools. Does this not go against the tolerance the ‘‘critics’’ desire?

Perhaps it is that there are certain aspects of nongovernmental schools over which they would like ever more government control. This is a fine thing as long as you have a benevolent, efficient and intelligent government that happens to agree with you. But what about when that ruling body turns against you and what you believe? Then where do you turn?

Thank goodness we have a variety of educational institutions in these United States, from public schools to private schools, religious schools and home schooling. They keep us diverse and allow us to tackle problems creatively from multiple paradigms. Although there are troubles with each of these ways of learning from time to time, doing away with one or the other of them or forcing them to bend to the will of a government is not the answer in a free nation.

We should celebrate tolerance and diversity. We do not accept lack of choice for our political candidates, in our news sources or for a brand of aspirin. We should not accept it in our educational choices either.

The Rev. John A. Valencheck, pastor

St. Sebastian Parish, Akron

 

Free city residents

Now I know why my residential street does not get plowed. Akron receives $1.6 million from the state to plow the interstate within the city limits. The city feels it can do a better job than the state. Well, how about doing a better job with our city streets? Let the state plow the interstate and have the city plow our streets in a timely fashion.

Akron officials say they have 51 snowplows. With 10 wards, that’s five trucks per ward — they can clean every street within 24 hours to 48 hours after a snowstorm.

Someday there is going to be an emergency on a secondary street and the first responders and ambulances will not be able to get there in time to save a life or a house. I hope that never happens.

It is time to review the snow removal policy and have the mayor report to the residents on what he will do to plow all the streets in a timely manner.

Richard Zelin, Akron

 

Speak out on traffic

Regarding Bob Dyer’s column (“Shrinking streets is trendy, but wrong,” Feb. 3), the “planners” have apparently attained their goal of slowing traffic along Kenmore Boulevard, but we have yet to see how this benefits anyone or any business in the area. Business owners we have talked to say that their concerns fall on deaf ears at community meetings. Complaints are ignored. In essence, they are being told “deal with it — the change is permanent.”

The major issue is with the city of Akron’s safety forces. The recent tragic fire on 18th Street Southwest highlights why it is important that emergency vehicles be able to move unimpeded in this area.

More people need to speak out. This does not have to be permanent.

Bill Collins, Akron