Better leadership style

By January 2021, we need to see a new style of leadership coming from the White House. Specifically, lead this great community of Americans toward rebuilding and strengthening our democracy, and toward ending the evil practice of dividing people into separate groups and then setting those groups against each other.

Many other problems deserve our attention, such as health care, the environmental crisis and the insane wealth gap. But quality and unified progress in these areas will be awkward at best without clear movement toward trustworthy democracy, and acknowledgement of oppression and efforts to end them.

Rebuilding our democracy must proceed on many fronts. Foreign actors must be blocked, and social media monitored. We all deserve help discerning quality information from corrupted, as well as learning from information that may be new to us.

Good leadership from the White House will model this type of open and analytical thinking. Other areas where our democracy needs rebuilding include ending gerrymandering and enhancing civil rights at the ballot box.

To end oppression will require many efforts — macro, such as fixing structural problems in society, and personal, such as listening well to different people.

John Edgerton, Akron

 

Nutrition or junk?

President Trump is looking at closing loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that states are milking (“Closing the food stamp loophole?” July 28).

He also should be looking into what can be bought with food assistance cards. I have personally seen people buy the following on their card: candy bars, potato chips, energy drinks, fountain pop, cookies, bottles of pop and even chewing gum. Please tell me when a stick of gum became food.

When this program was set up by Franklin D. Roosevelt, they did not envision this. It needs to go back to buying basic foods like meat, vegetables, fruits, bread, rice and pastas — in other words food that has to be prepared at a home.

Tom Eichler, Mogadore

 

Good luck, Barberton

Regarding the July 31 article “Barberton mayor looks to overcome B&W loss,” I would like to share my perspective as a downtown business owner for a total of 17 years and nine months.

I personally have not seen anything improve downtown except for the hanging of festoon lights and potted flowers. The lights are pretty, but there's usually a handful of people (if any) downtown at night. Barberton has not moved forward and is not progressing like other downtowns.

I sincerely wish the “purple ribbon” committee and the “new” reorganization plan to move the city forward the best of luck. I just don't think I can hold my breath much longer. I'm starting to think I need to move on.

Pamela Buchtel-Andrella, Barberton

 

City with heart

Two sentences in the July 28 Beacon Journal caught my attention. One in the A section cited Donald Trump’s vitriolic words for a Baltimore congressman who represents  a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” The other sentence was in Parade magazine. It told of Baltimore having a muralist paint "LOVE" in sign language on 20 various walls around the city, followed by a photo of a mural.

Let's send Trump to Baltimore to learn more about love.

Evelyn Hewett, Sebring