I have had occasion lately to attend some Berkshire football games, and I continue to walk away impressed by the behavior of the students in attendance.

I have been around and worked with students from many schools over the years and I have come to the conclusion that it is not the students or the staff of the schools that make the biggest difference.

It is the parents and home lives.

The students, pretty honestly, probably hardly no idea of who Berkshire is even playing – normal for a group of 8th graders.

But the behavior and dress of the students has been – without exception – special to watch. They are well-mannered, well-behaved, and appropriately dressed. They use “appropriate” vocabularies and are nice to each other.

My daughter (a Geauga County teacher for many years) and my wife are in agreement.

So a “shout-out” to the parents in Berkshire looks to be in order. Very nice job.

Richard L. Parker

Moreland Hills


Joyce has failing grade when it comes to protecting seniors

Dear Editor,

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a non-profit advocacy group which promotes the health and economic security of older Americans.

Each year they publish the voting records of members of Congress, and grade these officials on how well they represent their senior constituents.

Last year’s grade for my district’s representative, Congressman David Joyce, was an “F.”

He voted against the bill to protect voting rights including increased voting access by mail, early voting and protection of voting machines from cyber attack.

He voted against the PRO act, which protects the rights of workers to organize.

He voted against allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, cap out of pocket drug costs, and provide home support to keep people out of nursing homes.

He voted against protecting Medicare from spending cuts, and against allowing the FTC to recoup monies defrauded from consumers by scammers.

He voted against funding for vaccines, personal protective equipment, and the stimulus cheque for $1400 that went to most Americans affected economically by the pandemic.

In these tough economic times, older Americans deserve a Congressman who will represent them.

Jane Birnkrant

Moreland Hills


Deniers always going to deny

Dear Editor,

In response to Dave Partington’s very perspicacious letter? Bizarre thinking.

Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, who died at the age 95, was just 22 years old when she comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp hospital as Anne was dying from typhus.

Anne’s sister, Margot, died of typhus shortly before Bergen-Belsen was liberated by British soldiers on April 15, 1945.

About 50,000 people died at Bergen-Belsen.

Anne, her parents, her sister, and four other Jews who hid with them in a secret annex of an Amsterdam house.

The Frank family members hid in the annex from July 1942 until they were taken away on Aug.4, 1944 and deported to concentration camps.

Only Anne’s father, Otto, survived.

The building housing the secret annex was turned into a museum in 1960.

Anne’s mother, Edith, died in Auschwitz in early January 1945.

In Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman’s book, “Denying History: Who Says The Holocaust Never Happened And Why They Say It?” the writers give a convincing and patiently stunning case that denies the deniers.

On April 13,1945, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at the Buchenwald concentration camp, he declared that here was “indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency.”

Yet, with eerie foresight, Gen. Eisenhower augured how the Holocaust might come to be denied in the future.

“I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda,” he said. “Some members of the visiting party were unable to go through the ordeal. I not only did so but as soon as I returned to Patton’s headquarters that evening, I sent communications to both Washington and London, urging the two governments to send instantly to Germany a random group of newspaper editors and representative groups from the national legislatures.

“I felt that the evidence should be immediately placed before the American and British publics in a fashion that would leave no room for cynical doubt.”

But in the closing weeks of the war as Allied soldiers liberated camps across the continent, it became simply impossible to deny what had happened.

Or did it?

How is it that so much physical evidence can come to be doubted? For that matter, how do we know anything happened in the past?

Holocaust denial is a harsh lesson in historical skepticism gone down the slippery slope into nihilism.

Do you think Sarah Fowler Arthur and Diane Grendell have read Anne Frank’s Diary or Denying History? Have they visited any History classes? They should be invited as guest speakers for a panel discussion at all Geauga and Ashtabula county schools.

We need to teach both sides of the Holocaust. Mission accomplished as George ‘W’ ar Bush said.

Dave Hancock

Chesterland


Republican policy proves they no longer believe in democracy

Dear Editor,

The Republican Party is the party of the rich. They want to use their money to control everything.

For example, they have given more than 30 million dollars to try to get JD Vance elected. If he is in Congress, he will vote to eliminate the taxes on the very rich.

If Democrats like Tim Ryan are elected, they will get the very rich to pay their fair share of taxes.

The CHIPS and Science Bill that Democrats passed this year requires corporations pay a 15 percent minimum tax on profits. For decades, many corporations paid no taxes.

The Republicans are also trying to use their money to make it more difficult for people to vote. They no longer believe in democracy where everyone has an equal voice.

By making it hard for Black and Latino voters to vote, they can control who gets elected.

The Trump backed Republicans no longer support the rights of a woman to an abortion regardless of whether it is the result of incest or rape or where the mother’s life is in danger.

A large majority of Americans believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body.

The Republicans no longer believe in democracy. Mayor Nan Whaley, the Democratic candidate for governor, supports a woman’s right to choose.

The next thing on the Republican agenda is to eliminate the rights of people to marry whomever they love.

They want to eliminate the rights of homosexuals to serve in the military. They want to decide which books may be used in schools. They want to outlaw the right to a transgender operation.

The Republicans no longer believe in democracy.

If you still believe in democracy, please do not vote for Republicans this year.

Richard L Hansler

Pepper Pike


Yes, Virginia, there are rigged elections – right here in Ohio

Dear Editor,

Yes, Virginia, there are rigged elections.

Where? Right here in Ohio.

How? Because our State’s Redistricting Commission, with a majority of five Republicans, has purposely violated our State’s Constitution and ignored the will of the people by drawing four (yes, four) redistricting maps that were all grossly gerrymandered, and then went against the ruling of a federal court and accepted one anyway for this upcoming election.

It has become obvious that today’s Republican party is not the GOP of olden days. Now, they will do anything to win no matter if it’s illegal and/or immoral.

They don’t care.

They just want to win and their current actions show it loud and clear.

Meanwhile, too many voters don’t pay attention and think they are voting for their favorite “team.”

Our democracy is being annihilated and our country is being turned into an autocracy.

So sad for our state, our country and the people.

Rosemary Balazs

Chester Township


A response to a response to a response – (aka all about Trump)

Dear Editor,

It appears I have stirred a hornet’s nest. In response to Mr. Murad’s rebuttal to my previous letter I wish to pose the same question which Ronald Reagan asked the American people prior to his election as president: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

You need only walk out your door to know the answer.

I am not here to bicker about comparing U. S. immigration with the Schengen area in Europe since there is no valid comparison to be made.

Gas prices have been falling at the pump, but are currently rising again. You say oil exports between Oct. 2021 through June 2022 reveal Mr. Biden’s administration to be a net exporter of oil. Why? Certainly some of the cause is because this administration is emptying our Strategic Petroleum Reserve with much of it being sold to China – clearly our largest adversary on the world stage.

What happens if Putin does something stupid in Europe? Who will or can defend world freedom without plentiful oil and gas in the United States?

I will not debate the unemployment rate nor the benefits of conservative policy over the Marxist policies being shoved down out throats the past two years. Again, walk out your door – if you feel safe enough to do so. Or simply go to the grocery store or the gas station.

These policies and regulations of this administration are crushing small business and that is their goal, let everything be run by an ever-larger government. Where has that worked to the benefit of the people, in any country at any time?

I am a small business owner in the steel industry, and I can tell you from experience that eight years of Obama were terrible for small business owners. Economic growth was less than two percent annually for most, if not all, wof his two terms in office.

All these debatable points are aimed and caused by a vile hatred of Donald Trump. Attacked relentlessly by the mainstream media he did not stand a chance in the court of public opinion. He could have found the cure for cancer and he would still be portrayed as the devil.

As a conservative American (and you may call me a Trumper, a Republican or whatever you wish) my values and beliefs are the following:

God. Family. Country.

The first two should go without saying, although today there are those wishing to destroy the family unit.

For my country, I believe in secure borders. You do not have a country without borders.

A strong military. Not woke. Who will fight for your freedom in a woke military?

Equality, not equity.

Education. Teach the basics; reading, writing, arithmetic, the sciences, factual history. Children do not and should not be taught anything other than boys are boys and girls are girls.

Look at your equipment. It is easy to tell what sex God made you. Children do not need to be poisoned by critical race theory either. It is nonsense to label children as “oppressor or oppressed.” This is where racism lives.

I believe in and follow our Constitution, as written. The founders were extremely wise and knew the evil nature of mankind.

I believe in less government intrusion into our lives, not more. Less taxation, not more. This Republic is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Our legislators are elected to do our will, not theirs. We have not, as a people, voted for any of the $10 trillion this administration has spent nor any of the rampant spending of any previous administration. It’s larceny. Trump knew it and that is the swamp he wished to drain – and that is what they hated him for, his love of country.

Safety. Every citizen should feel safe in their home, at their job, or just going about the business of a free person.

Criminals, when caught, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law – not freed by some liberal attorney general. Today, the victim is vilified and the perpetrator is honored and set free. That is upside down.

These are my beliefs as a “Trumper.”

You may agree or disagree, of course. That is your right as an American.

It is also my right.

Ross Bushman

Chagrin Falls

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