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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:00 am


Smith's focus on issues emphasizes his strengths

In an era of partisan sniping and what people call “tribal” politics, it is refreshing to see Tim Smith, candidate for mayor, run an issues-oriented campaign.

While a lot of people want to talk about what Fort Wayne has been doing, Tim brings to the table a wide range of experiences and skill sets that do not result in a knee-jerk reaction of raising local income taxes or user fees as a means of growing our city; that pay attention to all areas of our beloved city; that understand a shooting in one area of our city hurts the city as a whole; that bring an atmosphere of best practices to the performance of city government; that leverage the investments made in Fort Wayne to increase new employment and investment opportunities in our city; that understand our city cannot succeed going into the future without sustainable growth and remind us that the means of governing Fort Wayne just10 or 15 short years ago are not the same means needed to govern our city into the future.

People can say what they wish about Tim Smith, but he will never be accused of complacency, resting on his laurels or demonstrating an unwillingness to listen, understand and embrace new ideas to make our city the very best it can be. Tim Smith is the only candidate in the field who sees both a brighter future for Fort Wayne and has the policies to lead us in that direction. Go to and learn more how Tim will make Fort Wayne a stronger, smarter and safer community.

Tom Niezer

Fort Wayne 


Serial traffic offenders

At 4 p.m. on April 9, I watched eight cars go through the red light at the corner of Maplecrest and St. Joe roads.  Does anybody care?

Elaine Beltz

Fort Wayne


Second Amendment part of what soldiers defend

This is in regard to a letter that appeared April 8, written By Paula Dyer-May, “Constitution doesn't endorse free gun use.”

The cost of freedom isn't free. It was paid by members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, which includes the Second Amendment.

We all took an oath to defend America against all enemies foreign and domestic; to this day none have been relieved of that oath. At the same time we all wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including our lives.

Whether you know it or not, there are only two people who have ever offered to die for you. One was Jesus Christ and the other is the American soldier. One died for your soul; the other one for your freedom.

I believe most Americans will disagree with Dyer-May's comments about the Second Amendment and “free gun use.”

As a person who is qualified to carry a weapon concealed, I fully support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. Guns don't kill, people kill people. The weapon is only the means.

Lee Bradley

United States Army retired

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.