UA ignores problems

The news that the University of Akron outdoor track is in such bad shape that it can no longer be used to host meets is very disturbing, but not surprising (“Issues with track cost UA home meets,” March 5).

Akron's track and field program is recognized nationally, having had scores of All-Americans, six individuals with nine national championships, and being consistently ranked in the top 25 teams nationally.

A few years ago back when I learned that Shawn Barber (world champion) was unable to use our pole vault runway, I met with our then-athletic director and was told the athletic department did not control the outdoor track and it was out of his hands. Nothing was done, to my knowledge.

For years I have complained that the track program does not have its own locker room as do all the other sports. Last summer I met with the athletic director and development head to question why no effort has been made in years to raise funds for track and field. I am sorry to say I have seen no serious effort to correct the situation.

I must repeat my statement of 24 years ago when we did not even have a set of hurdles, no curb on the track, and a shell of a burned-down equipment building: “Management is asleep at the switch.”

Bob Gill, Boca Raton, Fla.; class of 1960

 

LGBT ban is wrong

A majority of delegates to the General Conference of my United Methodist Church voted to keep, indeed to make more oppressive, its divisive and unloving position, which holds that all gay people are outside of God’s grace (“United Methodist vote bolsters LGBT bans,” Feb. 27). It’s a deeply offensive and hurtful position. It goes directly against the wisdom of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, whose first guiding principle was to “do no harm.”

The unenlightened will say, “But God’s Word tells us that gay men and women are an abomination and outside His grace.” But the forefathers of those people believed that it was “God’s will” that black families be bought and sold like chattel. Their forefathers believed that it was God’s will that Native Americans be violently forced to bow to their religion and social norms. They fervently believed that it was God’s will that black children be educated in separate, inferior schools and that they not be permitted to eat, shop, or play where their white friends did. They believed that it was God’s will that women be silent and submissive with no rights of their own.

They were wrong then, and those of their progeny who believe that gay people are outside God’s grace, are wrong now.

George P. Bohan, Akron

 

Stop tax giveaways

If our local communities are serious about the state gas tax increase and its need, here's a real solution: Stop giving away the people's money to tax abatement and corporate welfare.

There is plenty of money to go around to maintain our streets, schools and other infrastructure and to help we the people, who truly need it. Stop bending over backward to make the rich richer.

Frank T. Simon, Cuyahoga Falls

 

That's awesome, folks

Kudos to Copley for turning the acreage of Charlie's Ribs & Chicken into green space, and not destroying the big bunny sign (“Bye-bye, big bunny,” March 6).

Cities like Green, Medina and North Canton should take notice — not every square inch of land has to be covered in concrete.

Pam Wilson, Springfield Township