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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

St. Joseph family eager to carry on tradition

As a St. Joseph Hospital physician, I have been grateful to serve this community for more than 25 years.

As a board of directors member, I would like the community to know how excited we are to have a new hospital built downtown.

I have been impressed with Lutheran Health Network's commitment to building our new hospital in the heart of the city and accessible to patients who rely on us for quality care.

A state-of-the-art medical campus holds significant promise for delivering an enhanced experience for our patients.

To deliver optimal care, we need larger patient rooms to accommodate medical equipment, a facility wired to power the latest technology, a design that is efficient to operate, and more comfortable waiting spaces for families and friends.

All of us who practice medicine at St. Joe are proud of the hospital's legacy and tradition. St. Joe is Fort Wayne's first hospital and has served our community for nearly 150 years.

It seems nearly every member of the community has a connection to St. Joe. I was born at the hospital. I was educated and trained by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the founding order of St Joe. My mother and father were patients at one time or another and were treated with the exceptional dignity and respect that I have seen afforded time and time again by the professionals who staff our hospital.

While Lutheran Health Network celebrates St. Joseph's legacy, we also know delivery of medical care has changed a great deal in the last century.

Thankfully, we will have a new hospital to help caregivers provide our patients with quality care for generations to come.

DR. THOMAS A. KINTANAR

Fort Wayne

Statements on slavery call for clarification

A letter to the editor by Ken Selking (Oct. 7) made a number of dubious claims, some of the most disturbing being that “we didn't start” slavery in America and that America is the only nation to have ever eliminated slavery – “no other country has ever done that,” Selking proudly claimed.

To set the record straight, European-American colonists adopted slavery during the early years of settlement. The first ship of African laborers arrived in 1619, and within a century slavery had developed as we know it. Race-based chattel slavery was not foisted upon America, as Selking suggests; we created it.

Also, America is not the only nation to have eliminated slavery. Many other nations have gone through the process, including Haiti (1804), Spain (1811), Mexico (1829), Britain (1833), Denmark (1846), France (1848) and Portugal (1858), all before the United States eliminated slavery with the Civil War and 13th Amendment in 1865.

To deny these historical facts not only denies our nation's history, but it also denies our national responsibility to ameliorate the toxic legacy of slavery.

David G. Schuster

Associate professor of history, IPFW

Why set arbitrary cap on nation's compassion?

With reference to the children of undocumented parents, there seem to be two reasons for ignoring federal law. One is that our nation is made up of compassionate people and the other is that it is to our financial benefit. If those are good reasons, would it not be in our interest to open the borders to everyone? Does Christianity proscribe a compassion limit of 800,000?

Larry Wheeler

Spencerville