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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am

Letters

Fireworks detonation unneighborly pastime

I can think of at least 10 reasons why personal fireworks are a bad idea, and not one reason why they are good.

In what other situation is it acceptable for neighbors, without asking permission, to ignite ear-splitting noises without warning, sometimes for hours, sometimes for evenings on end?

Given the volume in a half-mile radius of each explosion and given the similarity to the sound of gunfire or bombs, doesn't it make sense for the igniter to be required to ask permission of every neighbor within the radius? What if there are objections from those with pets, children, trauma sufferers or those with high anxiety?

I visited one of our beautiful state parks where fireworks are prohibited, only to encounter violators who were apparently oblivious to the abandonment of nesting birds they caused from the fireworks, and they left their fireworks trash blown everywhere for someone else to clean up. I've also witnessed our beautiful northern Indiana lakes polluted with fireworks trash the morning after the Fourth. How is this showing respect for America?

Let me suggest an alternative. Instead of fireworks, why not spend the Fourth of July volunteering at the local VA hospital or for some other higher purpose instead of destroying the environment and peace and tranquility?

Louise Weber

Fort Wayne

Pain patients have stories not tied to addiction

I'm a pain patient due to a shoulder injury and fibromyalgia.

There have been a lot of articles written on addiction. The other side of drug addition is getting pain relief. It's hard to be a pain patient and get relief from pain. I was recently hospitalized due to pain and confusion. The only thing I was given for pain was Tylenol.

Pain patients have difficulty getting help from physicians and emergency rooms. Some patients try alcohol, but that comes with its own set of problems.

There are a lot of stories written on addiction. There are many more stories that need to be written from pain patients.

NANCY DIGGS

Fort Wayne

Jeremiad against 'the left' full of misstatements

Reading Rick Weldy's letter (“Failed socialist dogma”) in the July 6 Journal Gazette was a revelation. I knew there were people out there who were ready to believe the Fox News line, but looking at Weldy's letter lets me realize how over the edge some of them are.

Weldy starts out saying that the far left wants no borders. Wrong. Then he states that they want no immigration law. Also wrong. Corporations brought down. Absolutely wrong. The left wants massive taxes. Is he kidding? The left declares every great institution racist. Please, Mr. Weldy, come on.

Next he states that the left wants to destroy big oil. Sorry, the only problem with big oil is that it is a major polluter, and I'm sure Weldy is not in favor of pollution, is he? He accuses the left of fostering totalitarian policies. The only totalitarian policies around these days belong to President Donald Trump, who acts more like a dictator than a duly elected president.

The left embraces the ideals of Karl Marx? Because they want better health care at affordable rates? Lower education costs? Don't we all? Weldy takes a swipe at the minimum wage as socialist. I guess he would rather have Americans living like North Koreans, scrimping to find food for their families after working three low-paying jobs.

As to economic common sense, giving the richest people in the country a $1.5 trillion tax cut with no way to fund it seems more irresponsible than a minimum wage.

Weldy has enumerated just about every mischaracterization of the far left that exists. Mostly incorrect.

Edward J. Frank

Fort Wayne