Business vs. nature

There was a double dose of bad and sad news for Cuyahoga Falls in the April 10 Beacon Journal. For one, the costs of removing the economically and environmentally disastrous Gorge Dam are prohibitive, at least until 2023 (“Dam removal years away”). For another, the Cuyahoga Falls City Council made a mindless decision regarding a housing development that will blight a rare and beautiful green space in the Merriman Valley, replacing it instead with a profusion of trash and traffic (“City approves rezoning of golf course property”).

This is the world we live in, wherein the Green New Deal can be derided as reckless fantasy, and Bernie Sanders can be condemned as a dangerous radical. Meanwhile, plutocracy runs amok and the trashing of nature and our neighborhoods is considered business as usual.

A cookie cutter apartment builder and seven myopic city councilpersons have thus decided to undermine the quality of life for area residents and, what’s worse, for their own children and grandchildren. If more apartments are needed, perhaps they should be built to improve a transitional neighborhood in Cuyahoga Falls rather than to trash a rare remaining green space.

Now we can all look forward to the beer cans, plastic bags and fast-food trash flowing into Mud Brook, a Cuyahoga River tributary that runs right through the green space that is being sacrificed to this senseless development. Get ready for the traffic jams that are coming to the Merriman Valley and the access road to our unique national park.

It’s bad enough that the country managed to elect a mendacious, certifiable narcissist demagogue as president, but even sadder that local “leadership” is just as bad.

Walter L. Hixson, Akron

 

Vaccinate, educate

Measles in the United States were declared eliminated in 2000. Now measles are back with a vengeance, with outbreaks currently in five states.

Blame lies squarely on parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Why then publish an apologia for “anti-vaxxers”? (“Hesitating on vaccines is not ‘crazy,’” April 7).

The Beacon Journal's Sunday Life columnist admitted it herself, even though it took her 10 paragraphs of rationalizations about her own anti-vaxxiness to do it: “[I]n 2011, an article in the British Journal of Medicine thoroughly discredited any connection between … vaccines [and] autism.”

The Beacon Journal's decision to give her a forum to legitimize her misguided notions was irresponsible and poses a real threat to public health and safety.

Greta Foster, Akron

 

Focus on executions next

Now that Gov. Mike DeWine has signed the so-called “heartbeat bill” because life, even potential life, should be protected, what about signing a bill to outlaw capital punishment?

I am sure that all those who stood behind DeWine as he signed the bill would agree that all life is sacred and every person contains the spark of the divine. If so, the state should not be in the business of killing people.

Rabbi Stephen Grundfast, Emeritus, Beth El Congregation, Akron

 

Not too heroic

Lawyer Michael Avenatti faces a 36-count indictment, including stealing money from a paraplegic. This is a man who a short time ago was considered a hero by leftists suffering from Trump derangement syndrome.

Now we can say his future is facing stormy weather.

Russell Milicia, Streetsboro