Plenty of other uses for Saint Francis’ $3 million
I appreciate Lee Seegers letter concerning the gift of $3 million of Legacy Funds to the University of Saint Francis. (Jan.19). I agree with him and John Modezjewski, whose letter appeared at the same time, that giving funds to a religious, tax-exempt organization of any kind is contrary to separation of religion and state. His suggestion of lending this money to Saint Francis is a good compromise which should be agreeable to both sides.
While the City Council and Mayor Tom Henry are in such an open-handed mood, I can think of any number of ways they could use $3 million to improve the quality of our city. For instance, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is deep in the red and may have to lose musicians and curtail programs. The Phil is a jewel in the crown of Fort Wayne. Also, local service organizations, the American Legion, VFW, etc. are struggling to survive.
Think about it, citizens. Call your councilman and offer your suggestions. Its really your money.
MARY KOENEMAN Fort Wayne
Gay marriage OK with plenty of heterosexuals
Amid the fuss and ado surrounding the proposed Indiana constitutional amendment defining marriage, there exist many unskillful and outright incorrect positions. Take, for example, the letter Gay marriage would be case of minority rule by Thomas E. Trowbridge Sr. (Jan. 15).
Trowbridge states that allowing marriage to be open to all would ...try to satisfy 2 percent to 3 percent of the population of the United States while displeasing the rest. Trowbridge assumes by this that if one is heterosexual, one must surely be against gay marriage. Although 3 percent may be a somewhat accurate estimation of the gay population, there are many heterosexuals such as myself (and most of my heterosexual friends) who do not feel threatened by the prospect of two people in love getting married regardless of gender. This fact radically skews this statement.
Furthermore, the statement, Majority rules in a civilized society, is typical of the hubris displayed in the tyranny of the majority when it comes to truncating the rights and liberty of the minority. This is an injustice. Remember slavery? There were many states in which the majority thought that was a pretty good idea.
We should not feel threatened simply because something is unfamiliar. If you are opposed to gay marriage, do not marry a gay person. The current legislation under consideration is flawed and unnecessary. We, as Americans, should forever strive to embrace or, at least, accept diversity and liberty.
DREW CONSALVO Fort Wayne
Keep track of politicians with their own box scores
The best newspapers consider readers needs and interests in presenting information and analysis. – Jan. 5 Journal Gazette editorial
The Journal Gazette should consider printing a box showing how our elected representatives (city, county, state and federal) vote on issues.
There are times when a representative will give the impression in speeches, etc., that they are in favor of certain issues then vote the opposite, and the public knows nothing about it.
Pages are devoted to box scores in reporting sports news, so what could be more important than informing readers about the accountability of our elected officials?
WALT OSTERMEYER Fort Wayne