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The Journal Gazette

Friday, September 29, 2017 1:00 am


More pressing problems

In the 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” our heroes are pinned down by half of the Bolivian army. Both are wounded. In their time of desperation, Butch starts to extol the benefits of relocating to Australia for better opportunities.

Sundance replies that it is unlikely they will escape their current dilemma.

The recently floated plan by cash-strapped Community Health Systems to build a new, shiny hospital seems equally unlikely.

Hal Atkinson


Linda's message as vita las ever on anniversary

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of losing my Linda to colon cancer. Many express their sadness for my loss, but I'm not sad. During her life, my Linda achieved so many amazing moments as she mentored young girls, befriended young men and opened her heart to everyone in need of advice or love. It's no wonder that she continually professed, “Don't be sad about my death because it is part of God's plan” (I didn't believe it at the time).

During the last month of her journey, while continuing to think of others, she called me to her side and asked for my promise that, no matter what it took, I would share her and God's message about this simple procedure called a colonoscopy that could well save thousands of lives.

After 28 billboards, hundreds of short commercials and many other opportunities to share her message, I'm elated to announce that we have now received more than 1,000 comments, replies and emails from those who have gotten or scheduled a colonoscopy and 14 who – after listening to their doctor and seeing Linda's billboards – had the procedure performed, found cancer and are now being treated or are cured.

Sad? No, that's not me. I may be lonely, but I am the proudest husband and man you'll ever see. God gave me the gift of being able to help my Linda fulfill her last wish and God's plan to save others. Please listen to your doctor and Linda's message. Colon cancer can kill you and put your loved ones through unimaginable pain.

If you don't like the thought of the prep on the night before a colon-oscopy, believe me, it beats the heck out of chemotherapy.

We love you all!

Jerry Vandeveer

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the Allen County Public Library. They do a great job when you request a book to be held. Once they are available, they contact you and let you know your book(s) can be picked up. Where else can you find that kind of service?

Sondra M. Loson

Fort Wayne

Excellent 'Jekyll & Hyde'

Bravo to the Fort Wayne Civic Theater for its outstanding performance of “Jekyll & Hyde.” Now in its 90th season, this was truly one of the best productions we have seen in the 30+ years we have been back in town. An outstanding cast directed by Ranae Butler, and led by Billy Dawson, did a wonderful job in executing the work. The story as a musical came across beautifully, with each of the parts sung so well for a volunteer cast. One had to pinch oneself to remember that these folks are not paid actors and singers but dedicated volunteer participants.

It is truly our great fortune, as citizens of Fort Wayne, to have such a treasure in our community as the Civic Theater. It was a joy to see a full house and further to see the audience rise as one at the final curtain for a standing ovation. Well deserved. Bravo!

Stephen R. Smith

Fort Wayne