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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Tax bill bodes ill for future of research

I hope Rep. Jim Banks, a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, will help amend the House tax bill for which he recently voted. The new code will tax tuition reductions that enable graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree. That will increase the tax bill for graduate students for money they never received, ultimately taxing the tuition reduction as earned income. The  result will be the reduction of scientific research in America. Reducing scientific research will not help make America great again.

This is a dire threat to a better future for all of us. This threatens scientific advances and research at Purdue and Indiana universities, as well as at all the other major universities in America.

Dr. Matthew E. Farber

Fort Wayne

A moment from which we can learn, grow

The Nov. 18 Weekly Scorecard featured Al Franken in the Losers category, writing that he was “the latest target of a sexual harassment charge.” Sen. Franken, one of my political and cultural heroes, a man for whom I had the utmost respect, wasn't the “target” of anything. His behavior was at best inappropriate, at worst assault.

Franken wasn't “targeted” any more than Roger Ailes, Eric Bolling, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Andy Dick, Mark Halperin, Andrew Kreisberg, Roy Moore, Bill O'Reilly, Brett Ratner, Terry Richardson, Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Donald Trump, Jesse Waters, Anthony Weiner or Harvey Weinstein; they've been caught and their accusers are finally seeing a glimmer of justice. Some of these men have faced consequences for their actions, some have not, some still may, some may never, but the only targets on them are ones  they have painted themselves.

It is interesting to me that the actions of some of these men have been such an open secret over the years and decades that I, just some guy living in the Midwest, knew about them from reading magazine articles and blog posts. Spy Magazine featured an article in its March 1989 edition on Toback's many methods of harassment, but he stayed employed in the entertainment industry for nearly another three decades. Cosby's actions had been talked about for years, but it wasn't until a male comedian made those accusations a part of his act that the charges got traction. It is to all of our shame that it has taken this long for society finally to start treating their victims with the same respect that we treat victims of other crimes. We all need to take a long look in the mirror.

Finally, to Franken's credit, he's taken responsibility for his actions, apologized and called for an investigation of his own behavior. His accuser has accepted his apology. I hope that he learns and grows from this. I hope that we all do.

Craig Smith

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the customer or employee who retrieved my purse from a grocery cart in the parking lot of the Illinois Road Meijer store during a heavy  downpour. When our media are filled with stories of dishonesty and greed, it was a tremendous relief and a pleasant surprise hours later to find my purse, fully intact, at the customer service counter. I am truly, truly grateful.

Carol Dominique

Fort Wayne

JEERS to all the people who rake their leaves out into the street. I understand you're not killing your grass, but you can cause a accident when cars are dodging leaves in the streets. Your grass will grow back.

Harold Luttman

Fort Wayne

What's being hidden in North River deal?

If the Rifkin family or almost any other individual were going to buy a used car, do you not think they would at the very least order a Carfax report to see whether the car had been involved in an accident, flood or some other problem?

Then by all means, the city of Fort Wayne should do the equivalent for a piece of property. This is just good business sense.

If there is nothing to worry about, why are documents sealed until after purchase? Makes one think, doesn't it?

Diane Butts

Fort Wayne

Many specifics lacking in GOP tax proposals

Should seniors or the blind be troubled about the new tax plan's standard deduction proposal? We are told the individual deduction will be eliminated but the standard deduction will be doubled to $12,000 for a single taxpayer and $24,000 for a married couple.

Since we seniors, 65 and older or the blind have a different deduction – $13,850 single – will this be doubled to $27,700, and $15,100 married to $30,200? There is no mention about our group. We live on limited or fixed income, and will all groups be indexed for inflation like our new Indiana fuel tax? If not, why?

Please contact your elected officials  for their support and hopefully some answers.

CARL A. BERNACKY

Dyer

'White Christmas' values lost on Trump

I, too, saw the musical “White Christmas” at the Civic Theater, but it apparently wasn't the one that James W. Voelz saw (Letters, Nov. 16); in fact, the values expressed in Irving Berlin's musical are completely antithetical to those of Donald Trump.

“White Christmas” is about loyalty up and down the chain of command, helping those in need, respect, humility and sacrificing one's ambitions for others – all qualities our president has repeatedly shown he lacks.

The attributes found in “White Christmas” are still valid for life today, but looking to the Trump White House is not the place to find them.

Emory Earl Toops

Fort Wayne