Downtown focus weakening city
Our mayor and City Council have tunnel vision regarding downtown.
I read Frank Gray’s June 5 column, regarding the neighborhood on Central Drive that is plagued by mosquitoes but can’t get the city to do anything to solve the problem. If those mosquitoes relocated to Freimann Square, they wouldn’t be there long enough for Gray to write a column.
Neighborhood lawns are not maintained. If grass is allowed to grow above the limit, first, someone has to call and complain. Then, the city will post a little sign stating that the grass must be mowed within five days or the city will mow it. This weak method of enforcement allows some property owners to space mowings to as few as three times a season. When someone complains about an overgrown lawn, the city should mow it and charge the property owner. Period.
The big news for weeks has been the relocation of Cindy’s Diner. The news from the neighborhoods consists of shootings and stabbings.
To get downtown, we have to drive through these neighborhoods and along thoroughfares where the grass and weeds are more than a foot tall. When driving through downtown, we are inconvenienced by the removal of a traffic lane to widen the sidewalk for the ballpark, the re-routing of streets near the ballpark and, now, someone has decided we need a roundabout. Therefore, we avoid downtown when possible.
ELAINE BOWERS Fort Wayne
Self-defense views not in line with Christianity
Regarding Joan Dunfee’s (June 5) opinion that even Jesus preached the value of self-defense: Her Christian view is a little off kilter. Every Monday through Saturday, I read The Journal Gazette. On Sundays I read the New York Times, plus on Saturday I read a magazine called The Week.
I cannot remember reading in any of them a case of using a gun to shoot someone in self-defense. The last person who claimed to shoot a person in self-defense was George Zimmerman, who shot and killed a black youth in Florida (caveat – I am not including police and soldiers carrying guns while on duty).
Dunfee claims that Jesus told his disciples that to defend themselves in an evil and hostile world, they would need a sword and to sell their garments if need be to purchase one. I do not ever remember hearing or reading that. If Ms Dunfee truly feels this way, I believe she should go around naked and buy herself a big sword.
YVONNE De MUYT Kendallville
Oil, gas prices worse in the Bush years
I am writing in opposition to the June 8 letter of Jim Cawvey regarding the price of a gallon of gas when the present administration took office.
In July 2008 the price of gas averaged $4.11 per gallon; crude oil hit a high of $140 per barrel.
I am tired of people not remembering the mess of George W. Bush’s administration and the ongoing damage of his failures.
DICK HELMKE Fort Wayne