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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:00 am


Volunteerism satisfies on numerous levels

This week, organizations across Fort Wayne and the nation have celebrated National Volunteer Week.

Volunteers of all ages, abilities and skill levels call Fort Wayne home. They are energized by the resurgence of our downtown, excited about finding new ways to contribute and want to invest in helping improve the daily reality for their neighbors. If you volunteer for one of the many great non-profit, civic, faith-based and community organizations in our city, thank you for all you do. Your gift of time makes us a better community.

If you are not sure you can contribute or unsure whether you have the skill set to make a difference, you can. Volunteering is one of the few universal gifts we all have: the gift of time and the ability to help our fellow man.

Service is a great investment of your time and has immediate and long-term impact. Volunteering has long been recognized as good for your health – improving self-esteem, lowering stress and providing purpose.

Join us in transforming our community. For more information, call the Volunteer Center at (260) 424-3505, email or visit

Ani Etter

Fort Wayne

Small courtesies are 'real America'

I would like to send a big thank you to the anonymous patron of Eel River Golf Course who left a note on my windshield, informing me of a bulge on one of my tires. I very likely would not have noticed it until the tire blew out. It has been replaced, and once again I thank you. This small courtesy represents the real America.

John Harless

Fort Wayne

Anthony Wayne's victories paved the way for today

As a child, I lived five miles from a Potawatomi Indian reservation. They were nice people. No doubt the people of Miami ancestry are also nice people. But we err in viewing the events of the 1700s and 1800s as though it was the same as now. The frontier years were bloody. Violent death was common in Kentucky on  contestedland between the pioneers and Indians.

William Wells is a major part of Fort Wayne history. He lived in Kentucky when he was captured by the Miami Indians. He was 12 or 13 years old in 1785. He was fortunate to have been adopted by Miami Chief Little Turtle, growing up as a Miami Indian.

When he was 15 years old, he was traveling to the Ohio River. His role was to stand on the banks of that river and cry for help when he saw a flatboat floating down the river. If the pioneers drifted to shore to rescue him, they were ambushed by hidden Indians. Their possessions were taken to Kekionga with those who were not killed. Survivors would be adopted by the tribe, made slaves or killed on the torture ground that was located in the Lakeside area of Fort Wayne.

President George Washington chose Gen. Anthony Wayne to stop those raids on the settlers by subduing the Indians who primarily came from Kekionga. Wayne was successful where Gens. Josiah Harmer and Arthur St. Clair failed. The Greenville treaty ended the Indian wars. 

Anthony Wayne deserves our recognition and respect.

Philip Lacy

Fort Wayne

Election letters

Letters related to the May 7 primary election must be received by noon on April 29 to be considered for publication.