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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:00 am


Easily offended

A parent in Florida is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451” – itself a cautionary tale on the banning of books. This is taken from a  Nov. 27 Journal Gazette article about people challenging textbooks.

Is the irony lost on them that the very thing they want to ban is a book warning about the dangers of people banning books? How ridiculous.

At the rate we are going, there will be no literature, art or music acceptable because some people may be offended. We need some common sense back in the world.

Tony L. Mellencamp



CHEERS to the students and staff of Holy Cross School for their large donation of food to the Forest Park United Methodist Church Food Pantry. The food will be gratefully accepted by our clients. Thanks also to the students who helped us sort the donated items.

Dave Knepple

Fort Wayne


Kidney patient aid

On Nov. 24, The Journal Gazette ran a letter from Janice Pekrul in Fort Wayne; she receives dialysis more than 10 hours each week to treat her kidney disease. In addition to the time spent in dialysis, she has to juggle other appointments for diabetes, low blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.

Hers is a story I've heard time and again from the Hoosiers who are among the 650,000 Americans with end stage renal disease. The time they spend receiving dialysis treatment strains their ability to manage the rest of their week.

That's why I introduced the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act in the U.S. Senate. The bill would allow the dialysis facility to become the center of a patient's care. An interdisciplinary team of doctors would treat the patient while they receive dialysis, providing more coordinated care while freeing the patient to live the life they desire.

Common-sense health care legislation like this can improve care while saving taxpayer dollars. I hope my colleagues in Congress will join me in supporting ESRD patients like Janice.




CHEERS to the party who paid for my meal at Steak 'n Shake on Illinois and Getz roads. I paid forward with a donation to the Mission Thanksgiving Dinner.

Bill Langmeyer

Fort Wayne


Higher taxes party

I had to chuckle when I read Ron Gerardot's Nov. 24 letter asking whether Republicans would vote for a tax bill offered up by President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Not only did they not even attempt to craft a tax cut in eight years, they never would. It goes against everything they believe in.

They like big government, which requires big taxes.

Jackie St. John

Fort Wayne