Fund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood not only provides needed contraception but also the only health care some disadvantaged people receive. We women are not just baby makers as some concur. An unplanned pregnancy can be a devastating life-changer.

In 1934, my paternal grandmother used a coat hanger and died of sepsis not being able to bear the burden of a sixth child.

So we're moving backward (“Planned Parenthood funding cut,'' March 23). We amazing women are sadly losing sovereignty over our own bodies under government rule eliminating necessary health care.

Why not taxpayer-fund Planned Parenthood as there are fewer abortions because of what the organization provides? Donald Trump once was pro-choice everything.

Rise up, pro-choicers. Keep Planned Parenthood funded for women's sake. Since Ohio let us down, would it be feasible to set up a GoFundMe account or add a provision in our tax returns allowing a portion of our return to go toward Planned Parenthood? We are turning into an underdeveloped country at the hands of Republicans — mostly men. Rise up, Democrats.

Bonnie Neidhart, Tallmadge

 

Hospital parking hurts

The area hospitals have created a hostage situation with their extraordinary parking deck fees. You have to pay a substantial ransom in order to see a loved one.

The moment you park your car and walk out of that parking deck you are no longer in control of time. You cannot go to the nurses station and tell them you only have $3 to park the car and you need the doctor now. As we all know, doctors have no sense of time in the hospital. You are at their mercy.

People on a fixed income have to pray their loved one gets sick at the beginning of the month.

There should be some type of compromise for these extraordinary costs. It is shameful you have to pay to see a loved one who is ill.

Wendy Ellis, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Ward 10 advocate

I cannot express the level of excitement I had when I found out Sharon Connor was deciding to run to represent Ward 10 on Akron City Council. For years, I have thought of her as our de facto councilperson in Goodyear Heights.

I realized the determination, connections and savvy this woman has while working with her on the RIGHT (Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together) committee and the Akron Parks Collaborative project to inject $130,000 into Reservoir Park. She simply knows how to get things done.

In reality, Goodyear Heights has not had real representation on council for four years. We have, however, had a woman who devotes her life to making the neighborhood a better place, and now that we have the opportunity, we should let her represent Ward 10 on City Council.

Derek Stone, Akron

 

When potholes attack

I am selling out, packing up and moving from Akron because it's too costly to live here for the following reason: On March 14, I was driving west on Stoner Street and hit a pothole. This blew a new $150 tire, destroyed a $310 rim, and the fillings of two of my teeth fell out that a dentist installed just three days before.

One day thereafter, while driving on Stoner Street, a cop was close behind me. I thought he was going to stop me because I was driving left of center and all over the street, but he didn't turn on his lights. I believe the cop realized my problem.

Joseph McCorvey, Akron