The Journal Gazette
Friday, June 07, 2019 1:00 am


Indiana fared well in students' state fair

Dear People of the Great State of Indiana:

On March 23, I had a letter to the Editor published in this newspaper. It said I was doing a state report on Indiana and asked you to send me information.

Your response was overwhelming! I have tried my best to send a personal thank you to everyone, but if you sent something and have not a received a personal letter, please know how much I appreciate the time, thought, effort and money that you took to help me with my project. I learned so much, and I will never forget this experience.

On May 17, we had a big “state fair” where we displayed the information and items we received. The people of Indiana were well represented! Thank you again.

Sahara Damian

Charlotte, NC

Community support vital for schools' arts to thrive

Imagine walking into one of the Fort Wayne Community Schools. You then walk into one of the art or music classes. The supplies they use are new or the instruments they're playing are in pristine condition.

This is what many students and teachers hope for. However, this is not the case.

As a student of the band program and photography class at North Side High School, I witnessed the kind of problems the arts face. Many students in the music program use instruments that are not completely functional, some held together by tape. There are many more in the locker room that don't even work.

Art class students have to share whatever supplies are available. Sometimes, teachers have to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket just to ensure their students are able to take part in their class. As a photography student, I would have needed to pay hundreds of dollars to get the necessary supplies. I was fortunate enough to have friends and family who provided me with such equipment.

This isn't to say our school district is doing nothing to combat this; with the B-Instrumental program, hundreds of FWCS students in middle and high school are guaranteed a musical instrument which, after their senior year, will be cleaned, repaired and sent back to the middle schools for other students to use. We've gone into the community and gotten aid from local figures, such as Chuck Surack, who generously donated $500,000 for the restoration of school instruments.

If the arts community in schools are to thrive in Fort Wayne, leaders in the district should consider reaching further out to other organizations and companies to see whether they'll sponsor them. Money is the lifeline for these courses, and they need it, now more than ever.

John Joesph Miley

Fort Wayne

Electric Works partners need to admit defeat

RTM partners Josh Parker, Kevan Biggs and Jeff Kingsbury are playing on Fort Wayne residents' heartstrings, telling us what this city “deserves” due to our “proud past and its future potential.” These are businessmen, motivated by lining their own pockets, rather than caring about our community. They would love to build it, get paid and walk away while we are left with empty buildings.

Do not be manipulated. They predict they will not have lessee commitments by the agreed deadline. Do not fall for their whining and blaming of “a small group of people in positions of influence and power.” RTM can either do what it agreed to do or back out, understanding they bit off more than they can chew.

It is OK, get out, please.

One person of little influence and power, who doesn't want to line three guys' pockets, and who's very wary of more empty buildings,

Kathy Massonne

Fort Wayne

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