Akron’s children need to return to classroom
When given a chance to fill out a survey, 60% of the parents in Akron Public Schools voted for sending their children back to school, and despite all this the district has still decided to continue with remote learning. The school board has done a disservice to the entire community by making this choice, since it goes against what health experts are advising as well as what the majority of the parents in the district want.
All of the other public schools in Summit County have opened up in some capacity and have made accommodations for any students who have health concerns to continue their learning remotely. There is no reason that Akron Public Schools should continue to deny their students the opportunity to engage in the education process as well as give them the needed chance to socialize. Recent studies have indicated that because schools have enforced regulations in place, they are not responsible for the current rise in COVID cases in our community.
Allowing students to go to school with regulations such as mask wearing and social distancing teaches all these students how important making small sacrifices can be to the overall health of the community. APS is robbing their students of participating in this, as well as putting them at a disadvantage in learning the curriculum. It’s time for the school board to move toward a solution that allows willing parents to send their children to school, with remote learning in place for parents who are unwilling.
Carrie Soful, Akron (Manchester High School biology teacher)
Immigration laws have long needed repairs
In regard to the Oct. 24 letter “Don’t forget how Trump split families,” illegal immigration has long been a problem that past presidential administrations have ignored. The current president has chosen to take a stand and enforce the rules and policies set forth by past administrations. Illegal immigration is a crime, hence the word “illegal.” The punishment for the crime is deportation.
So what do we do? Do we continue to ignore the problem? Do we give the parents who willfully committed a crime a free pass to citizenship because they had a child? There is an obvious need to adjust immigration and citizenship laws.
The letter writer also stated that Joe Biden said this election is “a battle for the soul of America.” Anyone putting their hopes in a politician “restoring the soul of America” will be among men most miserable.
Steve Kern, Mogadore
Looks like no masks for Grand Old Party
What a “nice” (heavy sarcasm here!) picture on the front page of the Beacon Journal on Nov. 5. In the midst of surging COVID-19 cases throughout the state, I see that Summit County Republicans gathered in Hudson on Tuesday evening for a “victory celebration” — with nary a mask in the photo. In other news today, Ohio set a new record for coronavirus infections. Shame, shame, shame!
Patti Duplag, Akron
Now is time to uphold nation’s principles
President Trump’s machinations aside, every vote should be counted per each state’s rules and procedures. Not doing so would be a repudiation of our country’s principles and the sacrifices of those who dedicated (and sometimes sacrificed) their lives to establish and preserve liberty and democracy. Who wins is much less important than assuring that the winner earned it by doing things the right way.
Larry Weigle, Stow