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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:00 am


Gen. Wayne declaration part of sanitized history

Is it my imagination, or does it just appear that Jason Arp, R-4th, and Paul Ensley, R-1st, seem to be more representative of the county than the city?

The last congressional election showed that a large percentage of the population are not lockstep with every far-right idea that comes from the Ann Coulters and Rush Limbaughs of the world.

The sanitized version of history that I was forced to learn as a kid has been shown to be blatantly biased toward European interlopers. They attempted to rewrite history books in Texas with terms like “indentured servant” instead of the word “slave” to describe the black experience before emancipation.

“The Trail of Tears,” when native Americans were marched hundreds of miles from their homes in the bountiful forest land to homes in the wastelands of the southwest, was something we wanted to benefit the “benevolent” white man.

Get real: Gen. Anthony Wayne enjoyed the slaughter of native American men, women and children and was rewarded for it.

Jimmy Fincher

Fort Wayne

Encourage I&M to make renewable energy shift

On Friday, Indiana Michigan Power will reveal its 20-year energy plan. This plan will not only affect Fort Wayne but the planet as well. The preliminary plan still shows a reliance on fossil fuel – outdated and harmful technology. Going with 100 percent renewable energy is the logical choice from both an economic and ecological standpoint.

I&M is a subsidiary of American Electric Power. AEP is one of the largest energy producers in the United States and can make this transition happen in a cost-effective manner. NIPSCO, the electricity provider for northern Indiana, is planning to retire its coal-fueled plants and replace the power with 100 percent renewable energy, a move that's expected to save customers $4 billion. And NIPSCO has announced plans to invest in three Indiana wind farms. I&M should follow NIPSCO's lead and build renewable energy infrastructure now to hasten a transition away from fossil fuels.

I&M should be investing in solar in our communities, utilizing vacant properties and industrial areas as solar sites. I&M also needs to bring its residential energy efficiency program back to the standard set by the former Energizing Indiana program. Residents who struggle to make ends meet benefit the most from this program. Building solar locally, and making energy efficiency a priority, can create local jobs and increase tax revenue for our community.

We need Mayor Tom Henry's help healing this planet. Please encourage I&M to make the right choice and transition to 100 percent renewable energy, a choice that would benefit humanity and our planet. Help us Repower Indiana.

Eric Cole

Fort Wayne

Offer healthy customers an insurance rebate

I have heard of car insurance companies and health insurance companies giving rebates to their customers for good driving practices and medication. How about those health insurance companies giving a rebate to “healthy” customers? They could come up with a formula to reward fortunate people who don't go to the doctor or hospital as much (or never), taking up the time of health professionals who could be spending their limited minutes on the sick or disabled. Sound like a fair deal?

Jack Rhoades

Fort Wayne