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Letters to the editor

Use Superior Street for Clinton detour

While the closing of Clinton Street for construction is with us for several months, I was really surprised to see traffic re-routed down Elizabeth Street. This is a quiet, peaceful, residential street. It is full of kids, and I feel that sooner or later someone is going to get killed. It is the sheer volume of nonstop traffic that makes it dangerous to Elizabeth Street residents.

I like the overall detour the city planned, turning Spy Run into a two-way street, but rather than use Elizabeth Street, why not extend the two-way traffic lane south to Superior Street? It is not that much farther, and Superior is a wide two-way, four-lane business, commercial street.

Make Superior one way westbound between Lafayette/Spy Run and Clinton streets. The traffic signal at Superior and Clinton could be put on yellow flasher. Eastbound and westbound Superior traffic could be made to turn south on Clinton. The yellow flasher would ensure a smooth, uninterrupted traffic flow, speeding up traffic.

Northbound traffic on Lafayette would still be able to turn left (westbound) onto Superior.

An added benefit would be that it would allow construction crews to work uninhibited on the Martin Luther King bridge without interference from heavy traffic flow.


Drug-using aunt endangers baby

I can’t believe what I read in your Metro section (March 24) about the aunt who smoked bath salts with an infant in the car and made the baby sick from exposure.

I think all mothers would agree with this mother of two beautiful toddlers that the woman should also be charged with child endangerment.

I’m so tired of hearing about people doing drugs in front of children. Who will stand up for that poor innocent baby? Why isn’t that woman being charged for what she did to him/her?

I for one want her head on a platter. And to think she’s out on bail really makes me angry.

I hope the baby’s mother gives her what’s coming to her.


City Utilities loses credibility

Frank Gray’s column on the Leone family sewer issue (“Kindness gets couple back home,” March 20) made me see red. For the City Utilities workers to make a mistake and back flush sewage into the Leone house is one thing. Mistakes happen. But for the city to do nothing about it, tell them that it isn’t their problem is unconscionable. What kind of leaders does this city have? To do that to someone’s home, admit responsibility and then do nothing? Pathetic!

I am an interested observer to the Huntertown-City Utilities battle over water and sewer. I keep myself fully informed on what is and has been transpiring over the issue. But I do not believe one word that comes out of the utilities director nor their lawyer who represents the utility at the meetings over the Huntertown issue now. For them to do this, whether they are directly involved or not, has so soured me on them that their words mean not one thing to me anymore.

Shame on Fort Wayne for doing this to that couple! Congratulations to those who stepped in and helped this couple. There are good people in this community, but I don’t think they are in the local government.


City boasts Olympic gold medalist

In a March 20 article about the Unity Choir fundraiser, Win Moses is quoted as saying, “We’ve never had a gold medal before. …Marshall White and the choir have done something unequaled in Fort Wayne history. They’ve brought us national and global awards.”

I’ve heard this choir perform, and they are magnificent. Their winning the competition in China was a fantastic accomplishment, and I certainly do not want to detract from the wonderful things they are doing and their effect on the lives of many talented young people.

However, Moses seems to have forgotten that Sharon Wichman from Fort Wayne, a 1970 Snider High School graduate, brought home a gold medal from the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City for the 200-meter breaststroke. I’m sure Moses was around at that time. Let’s not forget her accomplishment by saying it’s never been done before.


Eagle Marsh not meant for pets, bicycles

After several visits to the Eagle Marsh, I have noticed a handful of people who like to bring their dogs inside the boundaries of the marshland. There are signs posted that clearly state that pets are not allowed in Eagle Marsh, and yet I see the same people bringing their dogs repeatedly into the marshland.

I addressed the issue with two different dog owners; one in particular not only realized he was breaking the rule, it seemed quite clear he did not care that the rule was in place and was doing very little to keep his grayish-colored dog from digging holes all along a trail inside the marsh property, which is managed by the Little River Wetlands Project.

Recently, there have also been bicycle tracks on trails inside the marsh – which is against the rules as well.

People choosing to visit Eagle Marsh need to understand that the marsh is there for the enjoyment of everyone but that there are rules in place so that the marshland can remain a protected area for not only the animals that visit during migrations but also for those that live there. There are more than 200 different bird species and numerous other wild animals that have been seen at Eagle Marsh, and among them are 24 bird and two amphibian species that are endangered or of special concern in Indiana.

There are many places in Fort Wayne and Allen County where people can ride their bikes and walk their dogs – but Eagle Marsh is not one of those places.

If you plan to visit Eagle Marsh, please take a few minutes to visit their website first; and if you still have questions, there are people you can contact through the website.

WILLIAM HILL North Webster

Blue-collar Bynum deserved better

I was a little taken aback by the coverage of Allen County Democratic Chairman Mike Bynum’s resignation in the March 13 Journal Gazette.

While Republican leader Steve Shine loves to criticize the Democratic Party, I’m not sure why the paper chose to print his comments in this small article about Bynum’s service to the political process. As a former Allen Democratic Chair, who served during the 2002 and 2003 election cycles, I know a little about the tenure of our leaders. While there are occasional exceptions like Jim Koons, who served in Noble County for decades, the usual length of service for party chairs in northeast Indiana is about two to five years. This is because most Democratic leaders are middle-class folks who lack the wealth traditionally associated with the Republican Party and their leaders.

In addition to being the first black chairman of a political party in northeast Indiana, Bynum is a blue-collar worker. His period of volunteer leadership was marked by a collaborative effort of many different folks, providing him with additional volunteer assistance.

A fair question for Shine would be how his party managed to lose four straight mayoral elections under his long period of guidance. I think our little group of volunteers and chairman during this period did a pretty good job.

However, there is one thing Shine and I do agree on – Bynum is indeed a “consummate gentleman.”


‘Justified’ shooting leaves many questions

When I read the statements by the chief of police justifying the shooting of Vincent Castaneda after he had already been shocked with a Taser (“Police call shooting of suspect ‘justified,’ ” March 19), I was left with a lot of unanswered questions.

In the vast majority of instances where stun technology is used, the person shocked loses all muscle control, falls to the ground and, in some instances, even loses control of the bladder and bowel.

There are several questions for which answers are necessary before the close-range shooting of Castaneda may be characterized as “justified” for the protection of the officers. When Castaneda was shocked, did he become incapacitated and fall to the ground? If Castaneda was incapacitated, why was he not subdued and taken into custody? If he was not incapacitated, did the Taser malfunction? Was the Taser used properly? Or, was there something about Castaneda that made him immune or partially immune to the charge? And, if so, what was the source of that immunity to the charge of the Taser? Finally, and most importantly, if, as was alleged, Castaneda attempted to take the Taser from the officer after he had already been shocked, did he attempt to do this while prone on the ground, on his knees or standing up?

The statements of the chief of police as reported in the article raise more questions than were answered.


China’s mineral exports are out of proportion

I’m a Chinese citizen visiting IPFW as an exchange professor. I read that the United States, the European Union and Japan filed complaints with the World Trade Organization charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths and minerals. To me, it sounds quite absurd.

Since rare earths are so vital to the production of high-tech goods, why don’t other countries mine for themselves? The reason is they just don’t want to dig holes in their homes and destroy their environment so that they can enjoy the blue sky and fresh air in their countries.

Then what should they do? The easy target is China. Those countries filing complaints try to force China to sell those minerals cheaply as China has done for so many years, leaving pollution for Chinese people to “enjoy.” Meanwhile they use the minerals to produce high-tech products and sell them expensively in the world, making a huge profit.

Some of those countries even have been taking the advantage of low prices China has offered for so many years and have bought huge amount of rare earths and stored in their own countries but are still whining.

With only 30 percent of global deposits, China accounts for more than 90 percent of global production. What China deserves actually is a medal not a sanction.

YI LI Fort Wayne