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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:00 am


FWCS candidate hopes she's earned full term

In April 2017, the Fort Wayne Community Schools board appointed me to a vacant at-large board seat. I learned a lot by asking questions, visiting schools and meeting with key community partners. As an FWCS graduate and mom to an FWCS student, I take this work seriously. I know how important schools are to the families in our community and to the health of our city. Despite the challenges facing public education, I am eager to continue serving the community.

If elected, my key priorities will include 1. Ensuring that FWCS continues to provide a wide variety of academic and vocational choices to meet the needs and goals of students, 2. Maintaining fiscal oversight to ensure that limited financial resources are focused as much as possible on instructional expenses, 3. Supporting the continued expansion of technology resources available to students, 4. Working to resolve staffing shortages and 5. Seeking regular feedback from the community to guide key decisions and priorities.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions or share concerns, I encourage you to visit

I hope I can count on your support this November.

Maria Norman

Fort Wayne

Numbers give lie to Planned Parenthood claims

On Aug. 22, The Journal Gazette published a letter from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's top executive. She would love for you to think Planned Parenthood is the only game in town when it comes to women's health care. The fact is, it's not.

State estimates show more than 3,600 providers, including Medicaid doctors and other types of clinics, are available to low-income women for their health care. Often these doctors provide much more comprehensive care than the limited focus of Planned Parenthood.

Hoosiers realize they can access better health care outside of Planned Parenthood, and the numbers show it. Total visits to the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate are down 67 percent over 10 years. Most procedures, excluding abortion, are way down over the last decade, too. In 2008, Planned Parenthood of Indiana did nearly 47,000 pap tests. Last year, that number at Indiana and Kentucky's locations was down 91 percent, to fewer than 4,400. No Planned Parenthood location does mammograms.

Planned Parenthood's letter admitted Fort Wayne's location only saw “hundreds” of patients – in a city with a population of more than 250,000. In fact, only .004 percent of Indiana and Kentucky's populations are even seen by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood claims it helps prevent “the need for abortions.” If it truly wanted to see the abortion rate decline, why has the procedure category of abortion remained steady over the past decade? In 2008, Planned Parenthood did 5,002 abortions. In 2017, the number was 5,230 for Planned Parenthood statewide.

Planned Parenthood's business model has always put an emphasis on abortions, not on eliminating them.

Cathie Humbarger

Executive director, Allen County Right to Life

Fort Wayne

Fear of change drives Banks and the like

I'm disturbed by the attacks by Rep. Jim Banks against Courtney Tritch. Banks calls Tritch's agenda “radical” and warns how harmful she would be if elected.

The people in this nation and our state are struggling with so many difficult issues today, including escalating health care costs, declining wages and damage (man-made and natural) to our environment. The current Congress, including Banks, has done little to nothing about solving any of these. Banks offers no hope that there will be solutions anytime soon, either. Instead, he attacks those with new ideas and the fresh voices calling for change as “dangerous radicals.”

It's clear we have to make changes to solve these big problems. Fear of change will only hold us back and leave us stuck in the past with our problems. It's time to vote for people who aren't afraid of change. And that means not voting for Banks and fearmongers like him.

Linda Mills

Fort Wayne