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Surging Komets need fan support

I recently had the privilege to watch three incredible games by our Fort Wayne Komets. What fun it was to watch the No. 8 seed beat the No. 1 team, the defending champions Reading Royals. Both teams fought a relentless battle. The Komets’ accomplishment on the ice was not only record-setting in ECHL (a No. 8 seed beating the No. 1 seed), but it was also another gold star for the great history of hockey in Fort Wayne.

I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was in the attendance at all three games. If I’m not mistaken, on April 23 they only had 4,600 fans; April 25, they had 5,700 fans; and on April 27, with the opportunity to win this round of the playoffs on their home ice, Fort Wayne could only muster up 5,008 fans. It wasn’t that long ago that Fort Wayne would come out strong and support the home team, stuffing 8,103 fans into the Coliseum on a regular season Saturday night, and after the renovations we have room for 10,500 fans. As a 30-year resident of Fort Wayne and a Komets hockey fan throughout, it was very embarrassing to see all the empty seats. This was a loss for Fort Wayne.

Our hockey team deserves far better than that. I hope when the Komets return to the Coliseum for the next round in the playoffs that Fort Wayne will rally around this great team. Yes, the Komets had many struggles this season, but they have come together and are peaking. It’s a great value for your entertainment dollar, and a lot of fun for the entire family. I hope you’ll decide to come on out and join the rest of the Fort Wayne Komets fans and support the Komets as they look to become the 2014 ECHL champions.

BEN ROUSH Fort Wayne

End missing muffler madness

In Indiana we have a terrible problem with motorcycles and semis. Many non-company-owned trucks are running around with no mufflers. These drivers believe they are getting better mileage without them so we have to listen to them come through our towns rattling our windows, with our law enforcement departments sitting around doing nothing about it. These trucks when left as they come from the factory are not a problem as far as noise goes.

Then we have the bikers. When a Harley-Davidson comes from the factory, it is quiet. It can be ridden past your house and you can barley hear it. But then the bikers have tear the mufflers off.

I have this to say to the governor and those in the Statehouse: It is time for you to pass a noise ordinance with some teeth in it and quiet these individuals down. The majority of these operators are not mature enough to operate a machine that is not properly silenced from the factory. Do your job and stop this madness.


Setting record right on MacLeod

It was good of The Journal Gazette to note the passing of Canadian writer and onetime Fort Wayne resident Alistair MacLeod in its April 26 Weekly Scorecard. Unfortunately, some of the details were inaccurate or misleading.

MacLeod ’s prize-winning 1999 novel was not entitled “No Great Message,” but rather “No Great Mischief.” The title alludes to a callous remark made by English Gen. James Wolfe before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham during the Seven Years War, in which Wolfe dismissed the possibility of serious casualties among his Scottish troops. (Ironically, Wolfe himself was mortally wounded during the battle.) Also, the item states that one of MacLeod ’s stories “may” have appeared during his 1966-69 tenure in the English department of Indiana University at Fort Wayne (now IPFW). There is no “may” about it: “The Boat” was published in the Massachusetts Review in 1969, before MacLeod left for the University of Windsor, and selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories the following year. Since MacLeod worked laboriously polishing his fiction, “The Boat” was undoubtedly begun long before he joined the IU English department in Fort Wayne. However, it was completed, submitted, accepted for publication and appeared while he was teaching a full load of college courses in Fort Wayne, completing his Notre Dame doctoral dissertation on Thomas Hardy and faithfully attending Komets games.

Much of the above is based on personal reminiscence and fact-checking on the Internet, but I did consult MacLeod ’s book “Island: The Collected Stories” (2000) for the early publication history of “The Boat.”