September 22, 2016 1:00 AM
Violence keeping city from reaching potential
I arrived in Fort Wayne in January 2012 to live the rest of my life out. I’ve experienced the hottest months on record, the coldest months on record, and the wettest months on record since arriving. I can handle those weather- related events because I spent my first 40 years in South Bend and the last 25 years in Florida before moving to Fort Wayne. What I didn’t expect is the number of murders this city has to offer.
I live on a street deemed historical and in recent weeks have heard gunfire and young people spewing out into the streets at 2 a.m. coming from an after-hours drinking party near the base of the Columbia Street bridge. I’m old and don’t really like to be woken up by gunfire at 2 a.m. So Mayor Tom Henry can build all the riverfront projects he wants and I am all for that, but the reputation of this city’s not going to make it work if the gun violence doesn’t stop. Young people, I would guess, won’t want to come to a city where newspaper headlines keep noting the number of people shot dead. With the internet and all, it doesn’t take much to figure out what’s going on here.
So Henry needs to make something happen now; our biological clocks are ticking. I don’t want to be a victim of a drive-by shooting on a historical street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Figure it out before we become Little Chicago and find bodies floating down and in front of those future riverfront venues.
More than millennials want to live downtown
I would like to add my congratulations to the city and the developers who are creating so much excitement downtown. I am pleased to see the new residences that are becoming available to those who want to be a part of all the activities. I think there is much to experience, and am happy that new residences are springing up. I believe the millennial/young professional market is being well served, but I think there is another segment of the potential market that could be better addressed.
There are, I think, many people in the baby boomer/empty nester part of the community who would like to sell their homes and purchase a residence downtown in order to participate in all the fun, but do not wish to pay $1,500 per month in rent. They want to sell their home, purchase a new space, understandably with a reasonable monthly association fee, and live a convenient life. The icing on the cake would be a full-service grocery within walking distance. Add that to the library, museums, theater, restaurants, parks and all the rest, and I think it would be very appealing to a large group of people.
Our nation must return to values of yesteryear
America is a far cry from what it was 25 to 30 years ago. Jobs of all descriptions (mainly manufacturing) were everywhere, and the people were hard at work and thriving (they weren’t as mean as they are today, either).
America was a proud and strong nation. When the jobs began to leave our shores (thanks to NAFTA), the American spirit began to leave, too. It was sad to watch, and some jobs are still leaving today.
With more and more illegals coming across the border and thousands of refugees coming in, where are the jobs?
It’s as though we went from dreaming of that “shining city on the hill” to depending on a food bank by a bridge.
Now, if losing our jobs wasn’t bad enough, political correctness is trying to lead us by the nose. For one thing, it’s offensive to some people to hear words like “mom,” “dad,” girls,” “boys,” “guys” and now the word “man.”
Are we losing our freedom of speech, too?
I would rather hear “comfortable” words like those than some of the filth that comes out of the mouths of some adults and children today.
When is enough enough? America, when are we going to man up (Oops!)?