Health care question

The April 2 commentary “Do Americans have a right to health care?” perhaps poses the wrong question. Rather than debate which political party thinks health care is a right and which party thinks it is a privilege, we should examine some simple premises that everyone should be able to agree on.

First, no one has ever had any say in their own birth. Truly then, all men (and women) are “created” equal, economic wealth of parents notwithstanding.

Second, in that same sentence of our Declaration of Independence, it goes on to state that people “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” How many people can live, be free and attain happiness without access to health care when they truly need it?

If “form a more perfect Union” is to be more than just a platitude written in the Preamble to our Constitution, perhaps we should rephrase the debate to “Do all Americans have a basic human need for health care?” Like potable water, food and shelter, health care is about as basic as it gets. Other civilized countries realize this.

Joseph A. Mosyjowski, Randolph Township

 

Keep Donnie Kammer

Firestone Park needs Donnie Kammer for Ward 7 City Council, and he deserves to be re-elected May 7. The residents of Firestone Park should not be used as political pawns. Kammer and Firestone Park should be an example to other communities. Maybe Kammer’s opponent in the primary should try to work with him to improve Firestone Park and not work against him.

Kammer doesn’t have a hidden agenda. He truly cares and gets things done. His passion for Firestone Park shows in everything he does but he is not self-promoting and many residents aren’t aware of his accomplishments. The time and money being wasted on this campaign could be used for Firestone Park.

We need to rally around Kammer and show our support for what he has done and continues to do.

Luba Shirley, Akron

 

Stick with Kilby

Bruce Kilby has been a good councilman for Ward 2 in Akron. I have called Kilby several times over the years and he has always responded. Most recently there were two street problems, the turn off Gorge Boulevard to the ramp to state Route 8 and the rough road on Dan Street to Glenwood. He got on these problems and paving was done in the fall. Now I notice on Dan Street there are signs for Kilby's opponent in the May 7 primary. Perhaps the people on Dan Street do not know who pushed to have their street paved. I don't know what kind of councilman Phil Lombardo would be, but I will stick with Kilby. He listens.

Kenneth Blackerby, Akron

 

Barrier to drugs

We do have a national emergency on our hands because of illegal drugs. If a wall can save people from living a drug-abuse nightmare or dying from drugs, it will be worth it. It is a matter of being civilized and having common decency — keep out botched drugs, dangerous criminals and dangerous diseases.

To everything there is a season. Now, is the season for a wall of protection. What part of the word emergency do people not understand?

Love would find a good way to build our wall, but complacency and hatred never will.

Barbara Camp, Barberton