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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:00 am


Where were officials at NIPSCO hearing?

NIPSCO wants a 23 percent rate increase.

I keep hearing City Council members like John Crawford say they want to improve the citizens' quality of life. I went to the public hearing on the rate hike. I did not see one council member or any other elected politician show up. Not one to speak up and explain how a rate hike would improve the quality of life for a senior citizen or a disabled person on a fixed income or a low-income person or a middle class working person already struggling to make ends meet: How would this be an improvement in their life?

People already have to choose between heat or quality food: freeze or eat. This will lead to more sickness and death. NIPSCO already makes more than $300 million in profit.

The elected officials don't care about you. It's all about putting more money in the pockets of NIPSCO, and we all know what the politicians get from these deals. Of course our council members don't have time to attend these public hearings; they are too busy working on another tax increase.

Jim Kline

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to the person who found and turned in my purse with everything intact at the Maysville Road Wal-Mart. Their integrity was very much appreciated and reinforced my belief that there are many truly good people in the world. I hope they have a wonderful holiday season and God bless.

Angela Zeedyk


Pristine purse restores her faith in humanity

For the past several months, I've been crabby (and I'm not usually a crabby person). There is no specific reason for my crabbiness and general irritability except, perhaps, for the general state of the world. Still in crabby mode, late morning on Dec. 4, I headed off to Sam's Club to pick up some needed items.

From there, I met two friends for lunch; however, I discovered when I arrived at the meeting place that my purse was missing. A trip to my car revealed that it was neither in the interior of the car nor the trunk. This meant that, incredibly, I had left my purse on the top shelf of my shopping cart.

As I drove the 15 minutes back to Sam's Cub, I began thinking of all the things in my purse that I was going to have to replace, and my heart sank.

When I arrived at the customer service desk to inquire whether someone had turned in a purse, the representative asked for a description. This sounded promising. He then referred me to another staff member who retrieved my purse from the safe. Needless to say, I was amazed and so, so grateful that some wonderful customer saw the purse and turned it in. As far as I could tell, my purse hadn't even been opened.

To the person or people who turned in my purse, I am so grateful and I hope that I'll be able to repay this good deed in the future for some other person who inadvertently leaves a wallet or a purse behind. This kind deed was a wonderful reminder for me that most people are indeed caring and considerate – something I had lost track of.

Janet Hartzell

Fort Wayne

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As we near the year's end, we're looking forward to our tradition of sharing headlines we would like to see in the year ahead. A reader's January wish to see President Donald Trump delete his Twitter account missed the mark, but there's always next year.

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