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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:01 pm

Letters to the editor

Muslim ban won’t keep America safe

Setting aside the irony of his whining about Democrats objecting to the Republicans’ agenda (Supreme Court vacancy, anyone?), I wanted to address David Carroll’s question about Democrats and the safety of this country (Letters, March 1).

Carroll cites several terrorist attacks. Alas, none of the attacks on U.S. soil that he mentions was perpetrated by citizens of the seven countries Trump included in his original travel ban.

San Bernadino: American, Pakastani/Saudi national

Fort Hood (twice): American, Puerto Rican

Boston Marathon: Russian

I’m not even addressing the attacks in France – our banning Muslims has no effect on that. In fact, vilifying an entire religion does the opposite of keeping our country safe. It fosters radicalism, creating more enemies at home and abroad while simultaneously undercutting the freedom and acceptance this country stands for.

Of course I want our country to be safe. Who would be against that? But the Muslim ban – and make no mistake, that’s exactly what it is – will not accomplish that goal.

Kristin Huff

Fort Wayne

Un-American agenda must be opposed

It seems David Carroll (Letters, March 1) has conveniently forgotten that the obstructionism by Republicans under President Barack Obama is the only reason President Donald Trump has the ability to nominate a Supreme Court justice.

He implies that not agreeing with Trump is un-American and that Democrats are simply trying to score political points. Thankfully, neither Carroll nor the president is the arbiter of what is American.

The primary perpetrator of the San Bernadino attack was an American-born citizen, and his wife was Pakistani. The perp in the Fort Hood shootings was born in Virginia. The crazy who attacked the club in Orlando was born in New York. The marathon bombers were immigrants from Russia. Of the 9/11 terrorists, 15 of 19 were from our "loyal" ally Saudi Arabia. Paris and Nice aren’t American cities.

Citizens from the aforementioned countries were still allowed in. Barring legal visa holders from entering America was a foolish political stunt designed to make scared people feel safer.

I hope Democratic lawmakers stand up for the constituents who elected them and continue to oppose Trump’s often-un-American agenda.

William Crosslin

Fort Wayne

Defender of travel ban poorly informed

I read David Carroll’s letter (Letters, March 1) only to realize he does not have a clue.

His complaining about the Democrats, big media and Hollywood types opposing the ban that Trump tried to impose on seven countries "known to be involved with Islamic terror" shows his lack of actual facts. He then tries to tie San Bernardino, Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon and France to the correctness of this attempt to ban immigrants from these seven countries.

Not one American has been killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and 2015 by a national from one of the seven countries listed in Trump’s original ban. The perpetrators of San Bernardino were born in Chicago and Pakistan. That makes one of them an American. The Fort Hood perpetrator was born in Arlington, Virginia – this makes him an American. The Boston Marathon perpetrators were born in Kyrgyzstan and were naturalized U.S. citizens. Kyrgyzstan was formerly under the Soviet Union.

As for the 2015 attack in Paris, it was masterminded by Abdelhamid Abaaoud – born in Belguim. I need to point out to Mr. Carroll that Belgium was not one of the seven countries Trump tried to ban. As for the Charlie Hebdo attack in France, the two perpetrators were born in France. Once again, I need to point out that France is not one of the countries on the ban list.

If Mr. Carroll is so concerned about the safety of Americans, he should make some recommendations on how to stop the killings of Americans by Americans. The fact is that in 2014, for every American killed either in the United States or abroad by a terrorist or a terrorist act, more than 1,049 Americans died because of guns.

Jeff McCann


Women’s Health Link fights infant mortality

The Perspective page article on Feb. 26, "The best for baby," shined a needed spotlight on issues surrounding the alarming infant mortality rate in parts of Allen County. The good news is that community partners are rolling up their sleeves to reverse this tragic statistic.

My organization, Women’s Health Link, is among them. We’re a free referral service that provides a helping hand to women as they seek providers and navigate the complicated health care system. We recognize the importance of early prenatal health care. When a pregnant teen or young woman comes to us, we immediately make a call to line her up with prenatal care. The importance of early prenatal care can’t be overstated as we seek to combat infant mortality.

In addition to providing support directly to pregnant moms, we are working with the Fort Wayne Urban League and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. to start conversations and offer education.

When we looked at the infant deaths in ZIP code 46806, we found that many of those babies were born to teen moms. Funded by a Parkview Health grant, our organizations are providing pre-pregnancy education called Healing Our Community. The main demographic we work with is African-American teen girls at or below poverty level. We are also working on increasing our conversations with parents of high school students and male teens.

Women’s Health Link is focusing on teen pregnancy prevention as one way to start chipping away at the troubling infant mortality rate. Our community is tackling the infant mortality rate from many angles, and I believe we will see a positive impact on mothers and babies. I appreciate the Journal Gazette helping to raise awareness about our important work.

Kayevonne Dailey

Fort Wayne

Jets or dialysis? Trump follows Constitution

After reading the latest liberal political cartoon featured in the March 3 edition, I had to double up on my blood pressure meds. The cartoon in question featured President Donald Trump sitting in a new military aircraft looking at a person on Obamacare, stating, "What would you rather have, this fun jet, or that boring old dialysis machine?"

Well, defending this country is the constitutional responsibility of the president, not health care. It is not the responsibility of the federal government to provide health care. Not in the Constitution, folks! Not part of the federal role! I suppose the misguided liberal cartoonist didn’t realize this, a product of public school.

Rick Weldy

Fort Wayne

Where’s rep’s outrage over Pence email?

As a resident and taxpayer in Indiana House District 85, I hope Rep. Dave Heine displays the chest-pounding and vocalization of outrage in the misuse of a private e-mail service to conduct and hide the business conducted in the name of the state of Indiana by former Governor (now Vice President) Mike Pence as his office did against the former Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton.

I trust that you and all the Republican members of the Indiana legislature will speak out on this obvious violation of ethics that may have caused great damage and expense to our state. No doubt, the hackers that broke into the unsecured AOL email account of Mike Pence could have gained inside information that will have a far-reaching, detrimental effect on Indiana for many years in the future.

Frankly, I doubt you and your fellow Republicans will say anything other than "move on." "Nothing to see here." That would require some honesty in your ranks.

John M. Colgate


A strong personality

In regard to the article published Feb. 19 about Shannon Coulter – all Coulters don’t think alike! I was disgusted to see my maiden name associated with her nasty intentions about boycotting Ivanka Trump’s merchandise and President Donald Trump’s golf courses.

She also mentioned the immigration ban. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton both agreed about most of the same statements when in office. They were not criticized.

Trump was viciously protested against and still won the election to overcome the odds. That takes a strong personality.