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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:00 am

Letters

What's the difference?

I see that Rep. Jim Banks has introduced a resolution that would condemn Iran's government for trying to quash protests in that nation. I'm curious as to why he hasn't introduced a similar resolution to condemn our own government for doing the exact same thing by arresting hundreds of protesters during the Trump inauguration.

Richard Woodward

Fort Wayne

St. Vincent Villa model to aid in today's crises

When I was in high school, my parents encouraged me to volunteer. That was 50+ years ago, so I can't quite remember how it was that I chose St. Vincent Villa or how The Villa chose me. I only know it was an impactful experience – one that continues to enrich my life today.

The Villa was located at 2000 N. Wells St. It was a beautiful campus staffed by the Sisters of The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and a refuge for children of parents in crisis. I worked in the nursery with Sister Christopher, helping with children ages 2 to 5. After that, the children moved to another cottage on the campus and attended school, again staffed by the sisters.

St. Vincent Villa cared for children up to the age of 18, I think. I was only a teenager myself and wasn't aware of its operational methods. I only know it was a safe and loving environment for those children whose lives had been upended by a variety of circumstances.

The Villa closed in the late '60s, still with children remaining who had nowhere to live.

Today, as I read the newspaper and watch the news about the horrors of the opioid epidemic plaguing our city and state and the overwhelmed Child Protective Services, all I can think is, wouldn't it be beneficial for Fort Wayne to once again have a place like St. Vincent Villa where our children in jeopardy could be safely cared for?

So many city projects are in the works for the enjoyment of the adults in our community; now is the time to attend to the needs of our children.

A collaborative effort between the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, which owned and operated St. Vincent Villa, and the community, could provide a safe home and opportunities for our city's future leaders.

Another lesson my parents taught me was that if I was not a part of the solution, I was part of the problem. I would be honored to help work toward establishing a loving environment for our children.

Who's with me? It takes a village.

Kathleen Kearns

Fort Wayne

Vote dooms Donnelly

The train of common sense tax reform has left the station, and Sen. Joe Donnelly has missed it. By voting “no” on final passage of the 2017 Tax Reform Act, Donnelly has turned his back on hard-working and overtaxed Hoosiers. The reforms eliminate multiple tax rates down to just a few. Employers in Indiana have already seen the benefits of these tax reforms and have given their Indiana workers bonuses.

Donnelly just complains that he wants middle class tax cuts, but wants to put higher taxes on the back of small businesses. Donnelly has joined Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton on higher taxes. Taxpayers in Indiana deserve better leadership in the Senate. The GOP has multiple candidates who will bring back common-sense leadership in the Senate.

The tax reform train has left the station and is heading back to Indiana, and the voters will remember that Donnelly has decided to take the train to nowhere.

W. Patrick Sefton

Fort Wayne