Scamming pedophiles isn't the solution: A "morality debate"? I don't think so. I say throw the book at this bastard ["To Rob a Predator," September 20].
I don't give a shit what his motivations were. He had the ability and the resources to take God knows how many pedophiles off the streets, and he let them go -- scot free -- for next to nothing. I think they should figure out exactly how much he stole and have him pay the entire amount plus interest into a victims' fund.
After that, he should be charged with aiding pedophiles and facilitating their activities by not turning them in. Who knows how many of these freaks went out and hurt kids when they could have been rotting in a cell somewhere had "Robin Hood" done the right thing.
A perfect crime? Tell that to the next little girl who gets hooked by one of these slimeballs that he turned loose.
Prosecute a war vet? In this case, you bet. There is no disputing that PTSD is a terrible disease that drives people to do things outside their normal behavior patterns. It does not, however, impair one's basic ability to differentiate right from wrong. I'm thankful to this young man for his service, but it is not a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card and never should be.
Hot About Lesbians
Tri-C can't handle its homos: I just read the article about the two lesbians at Tri-C ["Has Tri-C Got a Beef With Lesbians?" at clevescene.com]. All I can say is: Pull your heads out of your asses.
I think they should fire the human-resource woman for even making the insult to the couple. The women should be able to do as they wish, just as straight couples do. This is the biggest crock of horseshit ever.
We live in the land of the free -- free to kiss our partners goodbye or hello, no matter their sex, race, or religion. Why doesn't Tri-C try doing something about the fucking idiot who almost attacked the women, instead of telling them not to be themselves? What kind of example does that show other homosexuals at the school?
GLAAD needs to have a rally at that hellhole and let everyone know that we will not stop being who we are for them or anyone else.
It's the new millennium. Deal with it, assholes. We are going to love and be loved, no matter what race, color, religion, or scandal.
FirstEnergy: Steep bills and fish kills: Interesting article ["The Battle for Lake Erie," September 6]. There are huge ongoing fish kills in western Lake Erie that no one is paying attention to. Allegedly, the largest is in the intake at the Toledo-Edison FirstEnergy Bayshore plant. Numbers exceed 10 billion fish.
I learned in a call after Christmas 2005 that there were enough perch and walleye of sufficient size killed in the Bayshore intake to have fed hundreds of families for years. Bayshore is one of three fish-killing, coal-fired plants that pull nearly three billion gallons of water through their intakes daily to and from the shallowest, warmest, and most biologically productive waters of the Great Lakes.
These massive fish killings are allowed in some of the best fishing waters. Lake Erie has more consumable fish than all the Great Lakes combined, and the western basin is the prime area, but these fish kills have been ongoing for at least 40 years. It could be a key reason for declines in fishing in the western basin.
Why do the power plants get away with it? John Q would be arrested.
Might explain the brain drain: I was appalled by the article about this teacher ["Teaching Mr. Dreyer," September 13]. Any teacher who succeeded in keeping his class learning and under control should have been commended, not forced to quit. These young men and women are going to be running the United States of America in a handful of years. What is going to become of this world when they can't read, write, or even speak?
The article was well written, and I understand about rumors and what harm they can produce. I hope Mr. Dreyer will be able to continue to teach. There are other ways to be a teacher, and he sounds like a good one.
Politics as Usual
How good bills become bad laws: I was personally involved in what was known as SB17. I watched in horror as two years of work was destroyed by the House Judiciary Committee [First Punch, September 13]. They gutted a good and constitutional piece of legislation at the 11th hour during an illegal meeting.
Three of us are suing the House Judiciary Committee, Speaker John Husted, and Majority Assistant Whip Bill Seitz for holding this illegal meeting that they cannot recall. We have news footage of them exiting the meeting room. Isn't it time that legislators stop protecting their reelection coffers and start protecting our rights as citizens and the rights of children who cannot vote?
Eat Those Words
Take it from one who goes: You couldn't be more wrong about the new Trattoria ["Thanks for the Memories," September 20]. Vaccaro's is doing the best food in Akron. You shouldn't let one (how did you put it, "supercilious"?) server ruin your whole night. I've been there more than 50 times in the last two years and have never had a bad experience.