If we can fix the NFL, imagine …
In an article written for Fox Sports, Bill Reiter praises Americas rage and angst and unwillingness to let Roger Goodell and his NFL make a mockery of the game (that) fixed a replacement-referee debacle that had turned football into a national farce.
Imagine if the same emotions and show of force would turn out on Election Day! Americans daring to tell their elected officials that we, as a society, are tired of the mockery of a fixed economy that has turned our country into a national farce.
Imagine if the middle class insisted officials eliminate their lifetime benefits and contribute to Social Security and legislate that all Americans continue to contribute even after the annual ceiling has been reached. Imagine those same officials having to find their own insurance coverage and use public medical facilities and be required to use the same Medicare benefits that the majority they supposedly represent must use.
Imagine if all those people who are unemployed, have had a home in foreclosure or have had to file bankruptcy due to a medical crisis stood up and said enough of this mockery! It is time to fix this national farce!
If this can be accomplished for football, imagine what could be done if the majority of underrepresented citizens told the referees of their finances and livelihood – enough!
CATHERINE M. NOWICKI Fort Wayne
Churches costing city tax dollars
I believe that this city is losing tax money because of all the properties owned by churches. Since they dont pay taxes, that takes money directly out of the taxes that can be made from property taxes. Every time you turn around, a new church pops up or is expanding. I would like to know how much of the property in Fort Wayne is not taxable because it is owned by a church. That could be used as a gauge as to how much money would be generated by taxing only the property owned by churches.
PAUL GEORGE Fort Wayne
Meatless festival is worth a try
The Johnny Appleseed Festival is known for its wonderful food. But is meat really a need at the festival? PETA says, No. I agree with them.
I think since Johnny Appleseed was a vegetarian it would be a great idea to follow him and do the same since the festival is named after him. I love the festival and so do many others, but I dont think taking meat off the menu will do too much harm. They can add other alternatives to fill in for taking the meat out.
Im sure the festival board is worried about losing customers, but I think if you add some other things your problem will be fixed. Also, you can try it for a year and if the turnout is great then keep doing it; if its bad you can go back to your normal ways.
You would also be inviting other people who didnt approve of the festival because of meat to come to the fest. So it could be a good idea to try to get new people to see how much fun Johnny Appleseed is. In all, you would be making the fest more realistic because thats the way it really was in the past. Also, you would be inviting new people to enjoy the festival. Please consider what PETA is saying and think about going vegetarian next year.
TAYLOR ROUSSEY Fort Wayne Grade 7, Kekionga Middle School