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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:00 am


True Christians can't be Trump boosters

A large percentage of Donald Trump's base are evangelical Christians. Where did they get that label? Evangelicals, maybe; but Christian – no.

A Christian is one who follows Jesus Christ's life and teachings. Jesus' life was one of compassion, including great compassion for children. “Let the children come to me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Yet Trump has called for another round of separating children from their parents – a most cruel and inhumane action.

The two do not fit – Christian and Trump. Would that eyes could be opened.

Dorotha Fry Mason

North Manchester


Founders backed individual right to guns

In response to “Constitution doesn't endorse free gun use” by Paula Dyer-May (Letters, April 8).

A few quotes from the Founding Fathers. After all, they wrote the U.S. Constitution:

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined...” – George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

The militia is but part of the Second Amendment. It's one of the reasons the Constitution had problems passing. Anti-Federalist states wanted the Bill of Rights added as a condition of their signing. The Founding Fathers believed in natural rights. Chiefly, an individual's right of self-defense and freedom from an oppressive government. Having just thrown off the yoke of British rule through the use of firearms, they didn't trust governments. They trusted the people, even if it was a “dangerous freedom” as Jefferson stated above.

Melissa Damerell

Fort Wayne


Live-deer photo was refreshing

I am bewildered every time I turn to the Recreation page and see one or more photos of people young and old posing with the animals they have killed, their counterparts lifeless while they bear proud smiles. I eat meat, but yuck. I just don't get the photo-sharing thing.

So I was elated to see the wonderful photo submitted by Alan Daugherty that was published on March 31, depicting a living, breathing, beautiful whitetail deer. That is the kind of “outdoor experience” we all can be proud is available in Indiana and that promotes a lifestyle without promoting death. Hunt if you will, but consider keeping your photos in your family's private albums, please.

I hope to see more life and less death. Thank you, Mr. Daugherty!

Lori Gagen



Election letters

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