Cooperate on environment
I'd like to see the region, at least at the county level, act more cooperatively and systematically in concentrating on our environment. Akron cannot stand alone on this topic.
Issues around the environment and pollution know no municipal boundaries. When a Montrose parking lot is blacktopped, runoff does not stay there but rather, runs down to Bath. That is why it is a regional concern.
Development signs abound throughout Summit County from Ghent Road to White Pond to Hudson's state Route 303, Terex and Darrow roads on into Stow and at every state Route 8 exit north of Akron. It seems every stand of trees, brush and wetland is being developed, yet Ohio keeps falling behind in population growth. All this development is occurring while our cities are on life support, yet they are where infrastructure already exists.
The Sycamore Valley Golf Course housing proposal near the gateway to Cuyahoga Valley National Park should not even be considered. The increase in traffic, noise and water issues should prevent it from going forward. Shame on Cuyahoga Falls.
We can be more thoughtful with our resources by addressing concerns like the use of plastics bags. Property owners and government buildings can install solar panels on flat roofs, and governments can retrofit the use of water-permeable surfaces. Let's have volunteers replace invasive species with native bushes and shrubs.
Tax incentives at all levels need to reward conservation instead of development and that requires regional cooperation. Akron and the region could be leaders and spur investment in a new industry instead of relying on “entertainment districts” to see us into our future.
Jodie M. Grasgreen, Akron
Goodyear Heights leader
Sharon Connor should be elected as Akron’s Ward 10 councilwoman in the May 7 primary. She has been a dedicated advocate for the Goodyear Heights community for the past 20 years.
She has been the president of the RIGHT (Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together) committee for many years. She just recently stepped down from this position to devote more time to her campaign and community. Connor helped spearhead the coming improvements at Reservoir Park. She searched for and received grant funding to organize the first Night Out Against Crime in Goodyear Heights and has continued leading this event for the past several years.
If Connor wins, she plans to retire so that she can devote all of her attention to being a full-time member of council. She would be a much-needed asset to Ward 10 on council.
Cathy Herald, Akron
The Constitution has amendments because it will always need amendments, aka updates. Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the Ninth Amendment: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The debate over the Second Amendment is an outdated point. That the Second Amendment even exists is because the NRA has made a huge profit off it, both in this country and worldwide. It denies and disparages my right to life, liberty and happiness.
Elaina Scuderi, Akron
I want to thank the people who repaired the East Avenue bridge. It is so wonderful to be able to drive east past the bridge without the daily struggle to get in the left lane, wait for an hour and finally get past the construction zone.
Patricia M. Geiger, Fairlawn