Blade Editor David Kushma’s defense of affirmative action leaves a lot to be desired (“Still a place on campus for affirmative action,” op-ed column, May 19).
Affirmative action by definition is discrimination. You do not correct discrimination with discrimination. Two wrongs do not make a right. This nation needs to support a level playing field for all. Isn’t that what the Constitution guarantees, and the cornerstone on which this country is built?
We need to instill in people the idea that life is not always fair. Some people are born into wealth, some are born with lesser abilities, some have great parents while other are not so lucky. People have to play the cards they are dealt.
The playing field isn’t leveled by tearing someone else down. We need equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.
■ Editorial wrong about Kasich plan
How could you twist the facts about Gov. John Kasich’s budget (“Will Kasich lead?” editorial April 23)?
Governor Kasich does not cut welfare for the poor or their children, or slight women’s health issues. I do not blame Mr. Kasich for refusing to provide money to abortion clinics. Those places kill.
■ Agency sexist? No, but sexism exists
The writer of the April 30 Readers’ Forum letter “Agency leans toward sexism” said that Planned Parenthood of America is sexist because it discriminates in terms of gender. I refer the writer to other organizations that he could accuse of being sexist: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the YMCA, and the YWCA.
There also are many establishments with his and hers facilities, and country clubs and athletic facilities that have separate locker rooms for each sex.
Women are equipped to have babies. Sexism based on this difference was ordered by Mother Nature. Sexual equality is lacking in education, occupations, job advancement, remuneration, voting, and religion.
ROBERT BILLSTEIN, SR.
■ Empty pill bottles need to be recycled
Drop-off programs for expired medications are excellent community events, and I applaud such efforts everywhere (“Area drop-off sites set up for old prescriptions,” April 23). But I have yet to hear of one national pharmacy chain that will recycle empty pill bottles.
The numbers of such empties must be astronomical. They do not belong in landfills. Will our state or nation need to pass yet another law to get these items out of the trash?