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Letters to the Editor
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Unite behind accountability
Published Jan. 7, 2017 in The Akron Beacon Journal
Trump supporters should help those of us who are not fluent in Trumpese. Many letters and op-eds claim to differentiate the literal from the hype in the president-elect’s Tweets and speeches.
Doyle McManus wrote that we should give Trump a chance to normalize himself (“ ‘Normalize’ Trump,” Dec. 23). The learning curve is high. It does not mean giving Trump a break but subjecting him to tough scrutiny, holding him to high standards and judging him against his own promises. In other words, treating him like a normal president.
Our best hope is in Trump supporters joining with skeptics to hold him accountable in his governance of all Americans and our representation in the world. Together, let us discern if he has real understanding of average working people struggling to pay their bills and empathy for those unable to afford escalating health care costs.
Do we conduct ourselves diplomatically as a world power? It is up to us to make Trump a great president by holding his feet to the fire. For the time being, we are still a democracy; the power is in the people. Leaders come and go.
Putin in charge
Published Dec. 17, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
At a time when our intelligence agencies should be planning a proportionate counter cyber-attack against Russia, our president-elect Donald Trump, who is buddy-buddy with Vladimir Putin, who can do no wrong in Trump’s eyes, won’t have the guts to order such attacks.
Putin has the U.S. under his thumb — right where he planned us to be. I’m baffled about what we as citizens can do, and I’m scared.
Sagamore Hills Township
What he really said
Published Oct. 29. 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
While I have learned to ignore the flood of negative campaign mailers, I received one from the Ohio Republican Party that seemed truly bizarre. It claimed that Casey Weinstein, candidate for state representative in the 37th District, opposed education funding.
It used a quote from the candidate’s website that said, “Our state wasted $1 billion of taxpayer money.” I could not believe that a candidate for either party would oppose education spending. I looked on Weinstein’s website, and the full quote was, “Our state wasted $1 billion of taxpayer money on unaccountable charter schools and I find this to be unacceptable.”
I completely agree with Weinstein’s assessment. Reports have come out for years that Ohio has the worst charter schools in the nation, with minimal oversight leading to lower graduation rates and educational attainment than the “failing” public schools that they are supposed to replace.
The architects of this waste of taxpayer money, among them the 37th District incumbent Kristina Roegner, are now claiming that they are the ones to fix the system.
While my school district of Hudson does not have that many students enrolled in charter schools, we can still lose substantial funds.
We must demand that candidates tell us their role in creating this $1 billion a year waste of money and what they are going to do about holding charter schools accountable. The Ohio Republican Party should understand that being opposed to wasteful charter school spending does not equate to being opposed to education spending.
No more U.S. troops in Iraq
Published Oct. 10, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
Prior to the debate between the two major-party vice presidential candidates, I was not aware that the United States now has 15,000 troops in Iraq, down from 175,000 in 2009.
As a result, American loss of life and limb are significantly less than when the U.S. invasion force was a continued insult to millions of Iraqis.
We sometimes forget we invaded Iraq under false pretenses. Iraqis did not greet us as liberators, contrary to the expectations of then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Most folks agree that we wouldn’t do it again knowing what we know now.
A signature principle of the Obama administration, which should get more recognition, is that the Middle Eastern peoples need to do much of their own sorting out of religious and tribal animosities.
How many more trillions would we need to spend in the Middle East under a Trump-Pence administration? We need to accept more deaths and injuries because we foolishly placed troops in harm’s way earlier? Should we “take the oil,” is that why we need to be there?
Talk about how to inflame the passions of Arabs. I suggest we invest in American infrastructure and expand community policing rather than continue to blow money in the Middle East.
We were asked to leave by the democratic government we helped establish under an agreement negotiated by George W Bush. Can someone tell me what the Trump-Pence team’s point is here, other than to try to shift the responsibility for ISIS and create fear, uncertainty and doubt?
Published Sept. 5, 2016 in the Akron Beacon Journal
Recent ads for Rob Portman show him in the usual hard hat that politicians use to show how much they support labor. What hypocrisy, as the ads were paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This business group is behind most of the right-to-work laws in the country, and is no friend of labor.
Other ads say that former Gov. Ted Stickland lost 350,000 Ohio jobs, not mentioning that every governor lost jobs starting during George Bush’s Great Recession. And who was the budget adviser to George Bush? That would be Rob Portman.
Ads also discuss Portman’s concern over the heroin epidemic, but Portman in December voted against an omnibus spending bill that would fund his programs because it would raise the deficit.
Portman calls himself a “common-sense conservative,” and then he endorsed Donald Trump. Does he place party above country or just try to be on all sides of all the issues to save one person’s job, his?