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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:00 am


A woman-less workforce?

A Feb. 16 letter suggested stopping hiring women to eliminate harassment claims in the workplace.

I won't speculate on the validity of some harassment claims; I might even agree.

But I'm assuming the writer was not being tongue in cheek. That suggestion was probably well-received in some quarters.

But really? Why should we change? Let's not modify any of our attitudes. Nor should we bother updating our thinking concerning any beliefs we have held forever. Let's just not let in anyone who is likely to call us out for any of our bad behaviors. Problem solved.

Good luck with that. 

The legal and social backlash from that practice might actually be fun to watch. And consider this: It's not just women who are speaking out. People are now realizing that other people should not be harassed or bullied.

And another point to ponder: Could some companies be run at all if a big part of the workforce did not show up?

Elline Rimmell

Rome City

Community Health's stance on Bauer contradictory

I have read and followed the saga (and legal wrangling) of Lutheran Hospital; its owner, Community Health Systems; and Brian Bauer, former CEO of Lutheran Health Network.

My interest is that of an outsider. I peruse articles and op-ed pieces in local newspapers to use in my writing class as a professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. (As full disclosure, I do know Bauer's family – one would be hard-pressed to find a family with a more upstanding reputation.) The op-ed by Drs. William Cast, Matthew Sprunger and J. Philip Tyndall (“Return focus to doctors instead of lawyers,” Feb. 25) may be one of the best articles I have read regarding this ongoing, but needless, saga. It is a voice of reason in a sea of unreason.

When the smoke clears from this absurd legal battle, the attorneys will be the only winners. Both the plaintiff and defendant will be out oodles (that is the technical term) of money and the patients, the medical facilities and professional staff will all be the losers. The bottom line was so eloquently stated in the doctors' piece: “It is time for Community Health Systems to return to the business of health care excellence.” Now, there is a concept – logic.

I do want to point out one more illogical notion in all of this. Community fired Brian Bauer. He did not leave of his own volition. Then Community turns around and sues him for a litany of things – one being a non-compete item so he could not work in a medical setting. If Bauer was such a bad employee, this incompetent administrator, and Community fired him – logic begs the question: why are they trying to keep him from working in the same capacity in Fort Wayne? In the world of competition, I want my competitor to be inferior. It is good for my business. Why would I want to stop an incompetent employee from working for the competition?

Logically, Community should ... oh, forget it.

Steven Huffman

Terre Haute

One of life's mysteries

As a young man, I pondered the great mysteries: What is the meaning of life? What glorious things will we see and experience in heaven?

Now that I am in my golden years, I have added to this list.

Where in the world are my lost letters, utility bills, insurance bills, my VA pain medicine and get-well cards that were sent to my wife after her surgery (maybe with gift cards enclosed)?

I have lived at this address 44 years. I think all three things I ponder may bring me to the same conclusion: Who really knows?

Was my mail misdelivered, destroyed in postal processing equipment or stolen? One thing is for certain; I will never mail cash or gift cards to people. If you have any of these problems at your address, let the postmaster at your station know. They will listen, but they always come to the same conclusion that I do. “We really don't know.”

Well, back to more meaningful thoughts in life than my mail delivery.


Fort Wayne