Threats beyond border

The Feb. 19 editorial “No emergency at the border” was quite astounding in its claims and tenor. For starters, it ignores mention of the positions of many progressive leaders (including Barack Obama) who, during their reigns, stated that the border needed to be secured against illegal immigration. Current data would indicate that this need has anything but disappeared, so we can only wonder what has changed. Hmm! But even more ironic, liberals/progressives claim to champion the disadvantaged and vulnerable, but now are willing to ignore the misery extant in this southern region, ranging from severe illnesses, sex trafficking and kidnapping of children, brutalization of thousands for profit and drug movement.

The editorial board should study the Worldwide Threat Assessment more closely. It’s true, it says “little,” meaning not many words, but the report did reference “migration flows, corruption, narcotics trafficking, and anti-US autocrats” and opportunities for “China and Russia … to gain influence” in the Western Hemisphere. It states, “Illicit migration northward from the region shows no signs of abating.”

While there is no U.S. criterion for “emergency/non-emergency,” common sense would lead to the conclusion that drastic action is needed. The editorial cited “a drop in apprehensions at the border from 1.6 million to 400,000,” so we should now conclude the welfare of only 400,000 is not an emergency? Shame on President Trump for trying to keep a campaign promise, particularly one so onerous.

Philip Leber, Akron

 

Falls not listening

Despite the opposition and research presented by concerned residents and neighbors of Cuyahoga Falls, Northampton, and Akron, Cuyahoga Falls officials are forging forward with another Ryan Homes development. The community presented experts in the areas of trees, forestry, flood lands and urbanism. Parents with children in the Woodridge school district voiced their concerns about additional students and possible need for additional tax levies.

This time the developers targeted a 28-acre piece of land being sold by Sycamore Valley Golf Course on Akron-Peninsula Road. The golf course is in the valley near the Summit Metro Parks and the entrance to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The developers tried to spin their idea for 148 townhouses as new urbanism, but it’s just another Ryan Homes development. These are not going to be sustainable units made according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements. They will not house low-wage earners as well as wealthy homeowners. They are not within walking distance of grocery stores, libraries or schools. Let’s be honest, this beautiful green area will be transformed into 148 cookie-cutter townhouses.

When will our elected officials listen to the people in the community instead of the wealthy businesses?

Judith Hilinski, Brimfield

 

Judge angers voter

I will remember one judge I will never vote for — Mary Margaret Rowlands. Her decision to let the hit-skip driver who killed a young man out of jail after 18 months is unbelievable (“Driver in fatal hit-skip to be freed,” March 5). Then to tell the family to take up the issue of prison time with the Ohio legislature — what a cold-hearted, insensitive thing to say to a grieving father. No vote for you, Rowlands.

Sue Buchanan, Akron


Can the excuses

Regarding the column “Let's focus on what can be recycled” (Feb. 23), why would the city of Akron condone such a ludicrous agreement not to recycle the obvious? To keep China happy?

What about our well-being? Does China worry about the future of our children? Who sold us out?

Mary Stone, Akron