Wrong gun bill

I am concerned about the gun bill introduced in the Ohio House. My son is a police officer, and it's dangerous enough as it is for the police and our community.

I have a concealed carry license myself. I took the proper training course to carry. This bill would make worthless all the trouble and cost undertaken by thousands of Ohio residents. Would the state refund our money?

House Bill 174 is just a bad idea. No one should carry a concealed weapon without proper training. I have hunted and shot guns all my life and thought I knew it all, but the training course I took was a real eye opener. There's a lot more responsibility involved in guns than knowing how to pull the trigger.

The law Ohio should have passed was the stand your ground law, so citizens could protect their families and property without the risk of going to prison for shooting someone who broke into their house. Who gets to shoot first, the homeowner or the aggressor?

What has happened to good common sense?

Royd Shafer, Kent

 

Gas tax alternatives

A gas tax increase at this time is wrong and here is why. The economy is much better, but a gas tax will take money away from the fixed-income family that needs this money for food, clothing and upkeep of their dwelling. It will not help farmers already struggling because of recent tariffs. I believe Gov. Mike DeWine promised no new taxes as part of his agenda.

Cleveland got it right when it created a sin tax to build new stadiums and other projects. Tax only the upper income consumer a higher rate, rather than one tax for all. Exclude employees and self-employed persons who travel to make a living.

Did anyone ask our opinion?

Herbie Stein, Akron

 

Peace in the Valley

Regarding the March 13 letter about Sycamore Valley Golf Course possibly being transformed into “cookie cutter” homes (“Falls not listening”), I have golfed at Sycamore for many years and have loved it. It is a beautiful course; a peaceful, wonderful green area. Is Cuyahoga Falls that desperate for more housing? There already is an abundance of traffic in the Valley. Why make it worse? I agree; Cuyahoga Falls needs to listen to the community.

Diane Underman, Akron

 

Move along

Attorney General William Barr has read the 400-page report by Robert Mueller. And the nation's “top cop,” like the cliche cop of the movies, has advised us “nothing to see here … move along.” Russia, if you're listening, I hope you are able to find the 399 pages of the Mueller report that are missing.

Bob Pelle, Copley

 

Hidden Trump tax

According to the Federal Reserve, Donald Trump's tariffs are costing at least $1.4 billion a month. Almost all of the costs are falling on American consumers. I have to wonder why his supporters like paying this hidden Trump tax.

Roger Marble, Ravenna

 

Hero or villain?

Donald Trump — master of the bait and switch — is bragging that he saved Special Olympics, when he was the one who ordered the cuts.

That's like saying the guy who saves the damsel in distress tied to the railroad tracks is a hero, when in fact he was the villain who tied her to the railroad tracks in the first place.

Laura Shuster, Kent