Under U.S. law, people who flee their countries because they fear persecution can apply for asylum. You must be physically present in the U.S. or be seeking entry into the U.S. at a port of entry to apply for asylum (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
Migrants who present themselves at the border have that right. Many suffer physical and sexual assaults on their journey. They arrive distressed and desperate for opportunities to find jobs, homes and personal security. They arrive vulnerable.
We believe that the governors of Florida and Texas denied the dignity of these migrants, used them as political pawns and wasted public monies when two planes of migrants were flown to Martha’s Vineyard. Surely the money spent on the chartered planes could have been better spent elsewhere. Most migrants go to areas where they have relatives or friends and pay for the transport themselves.
Ultimate Jet Charters, based at the Akron-Canton Airport, flew dozens of people seeking asylum to Martha’s Vineyard and left them there, stranded. We are outraged at the company’s role in this cruel political stunt. We demand that they denounce their participation and ensure it never happens again.
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Governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and faith groups work at the border to help migrants navigate the complex asylum process. We believe every migrant deserves their day in court; an opportunity to gain asylum. We believe every migrant deserves to be treated with humanity and respect. Migrants just want to get with their sponsors or families and go to work.
Mary Brooks, board president, Akron Interfaith Immigration Advocates
Surprise! There is a Copley-Fairlawn bond issue. I missed a short July 30 Beacon Journal piece that the Copley-Fairlawn school district would seek to pass a $50,000,000 bond issue. Yes, seven zeroes. Fifty million. Funds would be used for infrastructure and sports-related projects. The district’s website has little information, just Superintendent Brian Poe’s video citing generalizations and only a bit more vague information.
I called the school treasurer. He shared this: the bond split is 40% for sports facilities. No information was sent directly to voters; apparently, mailing a letter to households was deemed too expensive when asking the average homeowner for $200 per year ($6,000 over 30 years).
The school board decided not to split infrastructure and sports into two bond issues. This effectively masks how the funds will be allocated. As a senior citizen, whose children are decades past school age, I still support public schools. Necessary infrastructure maintenance is good, but not a fancy new high school entrance or a complete cafeteria renovation for the student area. Are school parking lots really falling apart? If stadium seats and a field house are still adequate, do they need complete replacement?
We are not quite past a pandemic. Inflation is high and likely to increase. Interest rates are up. Investments are in the basement. This is not the best time to ask Copley and Fairlawn for $50 million. Placing everything in one bond issue was not a wise choice. I will vote no. I urge you to reject the bond issue, too.
Len Rose, Fairlawn

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