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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 09, 2018 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

South side 'potential' remains unfulfilled

There was a very interesting article on July 29, written by a south-side resident (“Cheap stores help keep southeast side desolate”). The author cited the living, financial and crime situations of south-side neighborhoods. Her insight notes a familiar pattern of unchange well known in many minority communities across the country.

Improvement on the south side has been promised for years and questions arise as to how are things being handled by government. I have yet to see any groups or organizations stand to assist development and improvement. Never has there been continued growth and development. Development of downtown has been seen, but to benefit and profit whom?

I have even heard, “Why don't those people just move away” if they are unhappy with their surroundings? Well, it is not that simple. And why would “those people” just want to move? Moving away does not fix the problems. Could it be the residents of the south side like the area and want to see it flourish? 

There was a Journal Gazette article in 2015 that reported that the south side has “potential for growth.” Much time has passed, and the only growth is investment in the housing development near South Anthony Boulevard. This appears to be a token to appease the low-grade grumbling. That 2015 article stated that people have complained that the only businesses coming to the southeast part of town were deep discount retailers and convenience stores. That is exactly what the writer indicated in the July 29 article. The south side is waiting for true development and growth.

How many more articles will be written acknowledging the nondevelopment of the south side and stating its potential? There is hope that one day an article will be written about true development.

Bell South

Leo-Cedarville

Tritch's ideas sound anything but 'radical'

I've had the opportunity to listen to Courtney Tritch and her ideas. I have to admit, I think her positions sound perfectly reasonable. Yet our current congressman refers to his opponent as having a “radical agenda.” Really?

I believe health care is a human right. I think a quality public education is a human right. I believe equality isn't just a human right but an American right as well. If our congressman is against all of these basic American, human rights, what can he possibly be for and do we really want a person like that representing us in Congress?

Kevin Murray

Roanoke

Washington's life testifies to fitness

From the moment I met Denita Washington, there was a peaceful and humble energy about her that immediately confirmed her authenticity as a human being. Within minutes of conversations with her, it's natural to feel inspired to show up stronger in the world.

Denita “walks the walk” and “talks the talk” of an empowering woman. Her passion for leading young girls along a path of self-love and respect with her creation of the Girlz Rock organization, has made a powerful impact in the city. When witnessing the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into Girlz Rock, it's easy to admire a woman who never gives up until an impactful connection is created.

Not only does Denita share her heart and soul with young women, but with every person she interacts with in the city. Denita cares deeply for those struggling against hardships of life and those wanting to make the world a better place. Denita mirrors what she expects of others – compassion and generosity for human beings. When you cross paths with Denita, she encourages you to tap into your potential and go the distance, no matter how difficult the road may be.

In a world that's afraid to be vulnerable, she will bring authenticity and a strong desire for solutions to any situation that arises for her community – and for those patiently waiting for positive changes. Adams Township needs a trustee like Denita Washington, a woman walking in her purpose making effective change.

Amber Stone

Fort Wayne

Community of equals is Catholics' salvation

Karen Tumulty's Washington Post article (”Catholics look inward for answers,” Aug. 21) spoke to my heart. As many Catholics who love the church and have lived their lives around their church families, she spoke of the “tone-deaf letter by our pastor” that suggested “withholding financial contributions to the church will not in anyway affect the Archdiocese.” As she stated: “That only reinforced my decision to turn in my own offering envelope empty.”

Withholding financial contributions has become the last straw for Catholics who for centuries lived in fear of any spoken or written disagreement with the church. The hierarchy is less than 1 percent of the membership of the Catholic Church, yet they have all the power and control what is decreed law. Jesus said, “Do not lord it over those entrusted to you but lead them by your good example.” Do we need reform of the clerical hierarchy? The laity has to have a say in the decisions and reform of the church.

The priest quoted in her article was profound in his statement, “Your presence in this reform is essential.” We laity are essential. 

She further states: “The Catholic Church should reconsider its position on celibacy, which contributes to an environment of secrecy and its patriarchal culture which denies women a meaningful role in leadership.” The Rev. Richard Rohr states: “Until the Catholic Church disconnects celibacy from ministry, I think we will continue to have ordained men who are both unhappy, unhealthy and a scandal to the Body of Christ.” Even Pope Francis is quoted as “demanding an end to ... the culture that places priests on a pedestal.”

We need to recognize that priests are only human. It is time to reclaim the community of equals that Jesus began.

Judith A. Cox

Fort Wayne

Lapsed Catholic has chance to reconsider

I was saddened to read Don DeKeyzer's letter about his mother not receiving the last rites (Aug. 23).

What bothered me the most was the religious sisters' lack of compassion on hearing of his mother's death.

I wanted DeKeyzer to know that it might have been possible that his mother had already received the last rites as he was making his way back from the Navy to be with her. I also wanted him to know that this sacrament is given to the seriously ill while they are still alive.

I'm sure that if the priest had been notified, he would have prayed the church's prayers for the dead for DeKeyzer's mother.

I would like to invite DeKeyzer to come to Mass with me at St. Jude's and then to breakfast at Hall's.

I would like to ask for forgiveness for how he was treated and maybe again he can be the staunch Catholic he once was.

I'm sure his mother would approve.

Patrick Kelker

Fort Wayne

MDA fundraiser foiled a second time

I really don't understand the City of Fort Wayne.

For years, Fort Wayne firefighters “filled the boot” on streetcorners. This year they were told to stay out of the streets.

I was going to the library at Georgetown Square and approached the two firefighters from Station 14 to give them some money. I could not believe my eyes. A woman came out from the Allen County Public Library and told them they were not allowed to collect there. They were standing on the public sidewalk on the main thoroughfare coming into Georgetown.

What a bunch of baloney! Is the city trying to put MDA collecting out of business?

Heidi Rae

Fort Wayne