UA track needed

The University of Akron has graciously allowed the Akron community to use its track on East Exchange Street at Brown Street after 6 p.m. for years. The All Star Training Club and I appreciate being able to use the track, but this has come to a halt because the track is in need of repairs and maintenance that the university has not provided. The track is now closed to the community as well as the UA track team.

I have been bringing children down to the track and practicing with them for AAU and USA Jr. Olympics over the years. My athletes have grown up and gone on to attend college with athletic and academic scholarships.

The opening of the track to the community has not only benefited my athletes, who range from 3 years old to 18, but also numerous people who come down for health and fitness reasons. There are many many seniors who use the track because the surfaces are much better on their knees and backs. I see pregnant women using this facility because of the comfortable surface.

The University of Akron has a successful, highly rated track program. I don’t know why the university will not repair the track.

I urge the Akron community to rally for the repair of the track, both for the community's usage and the UA track program.

The track club and I appreciate the university's generosity. Without it, my program for the children will cease and a lot of young people will not be able to develop their gifts at a young age. Our season for 2019 is in jeopardy — we need UA's help.

Deborah Fields, Akron

 

McKitrick for council

During part of my career with the Akron Fire Department, Brad McKitrick worked under my command. Early in his career, McKitrick served our city as a firefighter and a paramedic. Later, he was assigned to the Fire Investigation Unit and promoted to lieutenant. This position entailed investigating fires, conducting background investigations on new recruits and conducting internal investigations.

McKitrick was part of a team that helped solve 16 arson fires, 10 of which were set in the Ellet area of Akron. Two individuals were arrested and eventually pleaded guilty; both are serving lengthy prison sentences.

Now retired, McKitrick is running for election to Akron City Council Ward 6. After McKitrick's 33 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Akron, he will use his experience and work ethic to serve the people of Ward 6 well. I wholeheartedly endorse Brad McKitrick in the May 7 primary.

Larry A. Bunner, retired chief, Akron Fire Department

 

Protect human life

Regarding abortion and the article “Planned Parenthood funding cut” (March 23), why not allow for the possibility that life starts at conception? At the very least, abortion, by its nature, interrupts a natural process and stops the potential for human life.

I was always taught, and I taught my children, that they should be responsible for their actions. If unwanted babies are an issue, it is because of people being irresponsible. Then it should be time for society to take action, not against a fetus, but against the adults who do not act responsibly.

Jerry Mettler, Granger Township