Compassionate dialogue

Homelessness is a large, challenging issue, and no one solution is going to bring about a lasting fix.

Over the past two years, our city administration has chosen to demean and disperse while further alienating, isolating and traumatizing the homeless citizens of our community.

This letter is not about the past, however. We are situated at the foot of an opportunity. With resources like the Greater Akron Civility Center, the University of Akron's Center for Conflict Management and Kent State's School of Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as other well-experienced community groups, we have the resources to conduct authentic dialogue among the administration at the highest levels, the Homeless Charity and the homeless themselves. These dialogues could bring about alternatives to the current course of action and help a group of people intensely isolated to be given a semblance of humanity that we would request of ourselves, were we in their worn shoes.

I encourage those to whom we have given temporary elected authority to engage with our community, even and especially with those at the very bottom of the social and economic layers. These are not easy discussions, but they cost only some time. Their fruits could help us find a level of compassion that could inspire cities near and far.

Zach Freidhof, Akron Peace Project

 

Let them live

I have read several commentaries in the Beacon Journal that decry the low birth rate in the United States, and analyze the reasons for it. They rightly point to the revenue that more young workers would pay into our Social Security fund and to the vigor which more young people would give to our economy and culture. But I have never seen a columnist decrying the largest reason for that low birth rate: We kill 'em. Since women gained the right to abort their children on demand, we've killed over 50 million human beings in the U.S. If we had let them live, they'd have gone to school, gotten jobs, paid taxes and had kids of their own.

I expect scientists to eventually raise a single fertilized human egg to a full-term live birth. Recently a girl born in San Diego prematurely at 23 weeks survived to go home. In a few years, barring disease or accident, she will go to school, get a job, pay taxes, and may — for the common good — have children of her own.

Lewis Jenkins, Akron

 

Read Mueller report

I read Robert Mueller's report. And you should, too.

Until you do, any thought you have on it is merely an opinion of someone else‘s opinion.

The special counsel's report is not merely detailed and specific to a mind-boggling degree. It is readable. Very readable.

Although it's lengthy, explicit, detailed and the cast of reprobates is substantial, it is so readable that it had to have been intentionally written for the general reader.

Combine this with Mueller's “doubling down” on its importance, and the only conclusion is that he wanted us to read it.

Let's oblige him.

Mark Ira Kaufman, Silver Lake

 

A model attorney?

How can I say this politely?

Bill Barr, you’re no Atticus Finch.

There, I said it.

Elaina Scuderi, Akron