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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 01, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Armed Samaritan risk to others, self

A photo of a man walking his dog, along with an article about his heroic efforts to take the law into his own hands (“Dog walker helps police catch robbery suspect,” Sept. 22), is highly disturbing. Eric Spicer was not using common sense when he decided to play police officer and hold a gun on a suspect in a robbery. I'm disappointed The Journal Gazette would publish such an atrocious article. Spicer used poor judgment, despite his intentions. He is not a police officer, even though he claims to be “trained with guns.” As a matter of fact, he should've been arrested for interfering with law enforcement and endangering himself and others.

Jaclyn Emberton

Fort Wayne

Corporate influence expands exponentially

The article by Harry Targ (“Benefits of innovation not trickling down to Hoosier workers,” Sept. 12) should raise concerns by a lot of people. If major universities are being used as extensions of big corporations and the military, the question becomes who these people are working for and who pays their salaries. And what about the students? If the students are being trained to develop technology that benefits the big corporations, aren't they to be considered employees of these companies and paid a salary?

The big corporations already have oversized influence with our politicians. They now are entering in the field of education and will have oversized influence with our universities.

Eric Holcomb has absolutely no business being on the board of directors for the Applied Research Institute. Holcomb ran for governor of Indiana. Holcomb was honored to be able to work for the people of Indiana.

The question now is, who is Holcomb working for? Is he working for Indiana and our citizens or for Microsoft, Eli Lilly, Rolls-Royce, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division and Infosys? To me, Holcomb should resign as governor or resign from the board of ARI. The choice is his.

Targ mentioned that Indiana's wage ranking dropped from 34th to 36th in the nation. He cites declining union membership, the right-to-work law and the end of the common construction wage act.

As I recall, Mitch Daniels, Indiana's worst governor, claimed that he actually wanted workers to have union representation. But Daniels wanted it to be the choice of the worker to join a union and their choice to pay union dues. According to Daniels, nobody should be forced to join a union or pay union dues.

I would like to think that Daniels would want every Hoosier to own a home, an automobile and have a job. Daniels, for some strange reason, never spoke against homeowners being forced to pay property taxes. Never spoke out against auto owners being forced to pay excise taxes. Daniels never spoke out against workers in this state being forced to pay state income taxes. So why don't we give the people in this state the choice to pay property taxes, excise taxes, state income taxes and see what happens.

Curtis J. Ransom


Paulding festival was a rousing success

On behalf of the Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival executive committee, we would like to thank all the volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, organizations, entertainers and festival-goers for making the festival a great success. This year we had more than 140 vendors, along with many exhibitors, in addition to Kid Zone and lots of amazing entertainment. Congratulations to Judy Sawyer, Deb Boes, Ruth Dotterer and Suzy Tinlin for winning the People's Choice Award at the quilt show, and to Deb Bailey for being the Merry and Bright 50/50 winner. As the festival continues to grow, we appreciate all those involved for their time and effort to assure that the festival is a success for people to enjoy every fall. We hope to see everyone next year, as always, the third weekend in September. Don't forget to join us for the Merry and Bright Christmas Parade on Nov. 28.

Mikayla Pieper

Paulding Chamber of Commerce

Don't support players who show disloyalty

These players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem need to remember this one thing: They need our money more than we need them. The simple solution is, if you don't believe in what they're doing by kneeling, don't support them, don't support the owners who allow this disloyal crap. Keep your viewership and your ticket money and memorabilia money away from them. When enough money stops flowing their way, they will change their tune.

Also, college football is more fun to watch, cheaper to attend, and the players aren't all stuck up thinking they are God's gift to the world.

Richard W. Burridge

Fort Wayne

Trump takes a crisis and makes it worse

Cold War paranoia is back, with a new twist on MAD: mutually assured destruction. The harbinger is President Donald Trump, the mad tweeter himself, who promises – if Kim Jong Un (“Rocket Man”) even threatens – “fire and fury such as the world has never seen before.”

Correction: Such as Trump has never seen before. The world is well aware of the carnage of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

About the mysterious Hermit Kingdom, North Korea, wanting a nuclear arsenal, there is absolutely no mystery. Iraq, after Saddam Hussein got rid of his weapons of mass destruction, was invaded by the U.S. without the search for WMDs completed. We invaded Libya after Moammar Gadhafi disposed of nuclear preparations; George W. Bush labeled North Korea one of the Axis of Evil, along with Iraq and Iran.

Trump has even threatened invading Venezuela, ingratiating himself with the alt-right and National Rifle Association, using “locked and loaded” to describe America's readiness to decimate North Korea. 

We are told we can't takeTrump seriously, but North Korea does. Where, as Cokie Roberts asked, is his big-picture position? Kennedy resisted his generals who wanted troops in Cuba during the missile crisis; Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur rather than make a land war in Asia; Eisenhower rejected troops in Vietnam. Trump has put America's military policy in the hands of several generals, who see a military answer to every problem.

It is time to dispense with the fiction that we can stop countries from obtaining nukes. Even the unstable Pakistan has them. Stop threatening; concentrate on a robust deterrence system.

A top adviser to the new South Korean president made this observation: “We have moved from strategic patience to strategic confusion.” What we have learned about Trump is that there is no problem he can't turn into a crisis.

Tom Friedman is spot on: “Have we already become so inured to the madness of the Trump administration that we have simply forgotten over these six months what it would be like if America had a real president to manage this crisis – not the historically ignorant, erratic, petulant boy king we're stuck with?”

Julia K. Gouveia


A succinct summation of immigration issues

A strong demonstration of intelligence is the ability to take a complex, multi-faceted issue and explain it in simple terms. Anthony W. Gensic has done exactly that in his letter to the editor “Bringing home argument in opposition to DACA” (Sept. 25). The immigration issue is not based on xenophobia (well, for some maybe) but on protecting and yes, preserving, what individual Americans have accomplished.

You lock your doors at night not because you hate those who are outside but because you love those who are inside.

Bruce Cynar