Champion of extremists
White supremacy: Those are words that many white conservatives would like to dismiss as only applying to a few white people, and refuse to see as systemic, structural and deeply embedded in our history and culture. They also refuse to recognize it as both the greatest terrorist threat and the greatest threat to democracy around the world.
Yes, white nationalism and the white supremacy underlying it is a growing movement that has killed countless people. Today it comes from white people who believe that their exclusive power and superiority are threatened by the growth of more inclusive democracy.
From his championing the birther movement, to his demonizing immigrants, to his banning Muslims, to spreading hostility and falsehoods about Islam, to making his wall the heart of his legacy, Donald Trump has been an evangelist of this despicable ideology.
White supremacists feel empowered when leaders like Trump promote their extremist views in mainstream political rhetoric. No wonder that there’s been a dramatic increase in hate and violence by people who feel that white society is under attack. Leaders must be held accountable for fostering this hate and violence.
White conservatives must recognize that their support of Trump can no longer be justified. Their white power bargain is a shameful betrayal of the values that truly make our nation great.
Kathleen Arthur, Akron
Choices for victims
The May 4 article “$1M bond for suspect in rape of 11-year-old,” which states that the victim is pregnant, is the perfect example of why we need pro-choice abortion laws. No young girl should be forced to give birth. Period.
I find it appalling that Gov. Mike DeWine actually signed a bill that states abortion providers will be jailed for doing their job, or that most abortions in the first trimester will be outlawed even in cases of incest or rape.
Since DeWine signed a bill that effectively forces all women and girls to give birth, I ask all females and their supporters to speak out and say discrimination against women cannot happen in my state and commit to voting out any anti-choice legislator. Abortion, birth control, emergency contraception, and tubal ligations are needed for women to decide if and when they want to have children. No male or female legislator who is on the conservative, religious right should take that right away, as abortion care is needed health care for women.
I encourage everyone to show compassion for women and young girls by only voting for pro-choice candidates.
Nancy Dollard, Lake Township
I hear people say “Your health is more important than money.” It's hard to argue against. The Democrats want to help by having a single-payer system, where the government controls your health care. It always gives me pause when Democrats want to help.
Everyone says, “How are you going to pay for it?” That's the wrong question. The question should be what happens when we get rid of the private insurance, hospitals, physicians, and drug companies. That will be necessary for a single-payer system. Who will have the say-so about your care? We will have government-run hospitals staffed by government-paid physicians who will provide government-authorized cookie cutter treatments, with only the drugs that were developed up to the year the government took over (research on new drugs won't be rewarded). The government will tell you at what age you are to report to which nursing home barracks, and when to die.
As always, Democrat “help” amounts to a loss of individual freedom.
Your choice is, “Give me health care, or give me freedom.”
Gary Eaton, Stow