Report off the mark

The headline “Akron drivers among the best” (June 27) made me choke on my morning coffee. Driving in Akron is playing dodge ball with cars. This report focuses on how long it takes for insured folks to make a claim, and Akron drivers are “a little above the national average of 10.57 years.” The reason it takes that long is that most folks don’t turn in a claim unless the damage is great or their cars are totaled. Take note of all the cars you see with dents and duct tape.

Since my car was totaled in May by a driver running a thoroughly red light, I’ve talked with folks at my gym, at stores around the area, my close friends and Akron police officers. All either have had their own car totaled or know someone who has suffered the same fate. Others have observed drivers blowing through red lights or cruising through stop signs.

Another trick some Akron drivers use is sneaking up in a lane beside you and then cutting closely into your lane, missing you by inches. If you blow your horn, you run the risk of that indignant law breaker starting an argument or worse yet, using their concealed weapon to shoot you or your car. It happened to me the day before I read this article.

Betty A. Zager, Akron

 

Help migrant children

As persons of faith who believe in the basic human dignity of all people, especially the most vulnerable among us, we are appalled by recent reports of the cruel and inhumane treatment of migrant children held in U.S. custody. Federal law sets strict limits on the amount of time a migrant child can be held. Many of these children have been in custody for much longer periods of time.

The majority of these children have a parent or other relative in the U.S. Why haven’t they been reunited? Money is not the issue. The U.S. government spends $775 per child, per day to hold a child in detention. For the cost of one or two days of  detention, a child could be flown anywhere in the U.S. to be reunited with family rather than endure horrendous conditions of incarceration.

The treatment of migrant children held in U.S. government custody is a national disgrace. How can we criticize other nations for human rights violations when we treat vulnerable children with such cruelty and indifference?

Norman and Marianne Duffy, Kent

 

Balloons harm wildlife

It is time we stop condoning the practice of releasing helium-filled balloons to commemorate memorable events.

While we celebrate life, we are causing certain death to birds, wildlife and pets who ingest the strings, rubber and Mylar that they have mistaken for food.

The balloons do not go to “heaven.” They rise into the atmosphere where the helium expands, bursting the balloons, causing them to fall back to the ground.

At the very least, it is littering.

Chris Mosey, Akron

 

Overboard on river

No one should be on the Cuyahoga River after heavy rainfall. All local governments along the Cuyahoga River need a coordinated policy regarding informing the public about the dangers of the river when it reaches a critical water level. Instead of only encouraging the public to use the newly “restored” river, officials need to remind the public of the river’s dangers.

Ned DeLamatre, Akron