The Journal Gazette
Friday, June 14, 2019 1:00 am


The flag and what it means to you

Editor's note: For Flag Day, Fort Wayne resident Janet Hester Flohr shared the following piece, written by her father when he was a fifth grader in Van Wert, Ohio, in 1917. Harold V. Hester later served in the military and moved to Fort Wayne, where he and his family lived at Worthington Apartments on Wayne Street. Hester worked at Wolf and Dessauer before he died unexpectedly at age 37.

The first Flag was made by Betsy Ross, who lived in Philadelphia. Every thread, star and stripe stand for liberty. The Flag means to you justice, and freedom.

When Old Glory passes by, you should stand up, and take off your hat. Be patriotic to Old Glory for whatever you do. The Flag means to the soldiers in France courage. When they see the Flag they fight better. The Flag has protected us for many a year, now our time has come to protect it. We are fighting for our liberty and we shall have it. The red, white and blue symbolize truth, courage and love. Old Glory should and will always fly above any other nation's Flag. America has won every battle she has fought and will win this one. Every true American is full of patriotism and ever will be. Every soldier is giving his life for his country. We should save all the food that we possibly can, to send our Allies who are fighting side by side with our soldiers.

They are fighting for our liberty. Many a brave soldier has given his life for his country. So we who have plenty of food should not be wasteful. The soldiers cannot fight without food.

So let us be loyal to our Flag, Old Glory, forever.

Harold V. Hester

Van Wert, Ohio

WFWA continues role of community leadership

I was so pleased to read that WFWA-TV, PBS39, is launching a new local over-the-air weather channel. This will fill the void left by both WISE-TV and WANE-TV, which have dropped their weather radar channels for commercial programming. A huge thanks goes out to the staff at PBS39, who saw the needs of the local community and really stepped up. A true community service. Just a reminder: WFWA was the first station to bring over-the-air high-definition programming to the Fort Wayne area more than 16 years ago.

Greg Samuel

Fort Wayne

Corporations, politicians: Which benefits us more?

Let me make it clear. I owe Exxon Mobil nothing. Exxon Mobil owes me nothing. However, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and their liberal socialist friends owe you an explanation you will never get from them.

Large corporations are not bad things. They are not evil monsters. They are not remotely related to the mythical ogre that lives under the mythical bridge. Is it possible that some corporations are not paying all the taxes they should be? Sure, it's possible.

Let's take a closer look at Exxon Mobil, by most measures the largest corporation in America, an oil and gas titan.

• 71,000 employees. And, I suspect, very few are at minimum wage. Can you imagine what Exxon Mobil pays into Social Security every year?

• $428 billion in revenue per year. Second only to Walmart.

• $20 billion in profit in 2018. Bernie and his gang will tell you this is a bad thing. However, if you have a company pension plan or an IRA, this is a good thing. More than likely you own some Exxon Mobil stock. If you don't, you should.

• $31 billion in income tax expense last fiscal year. What can I say but, “Wow.”

Now we should ask Joe, Bernie, Liz and friends, “What have you done for us lately?”

Steve Litchfield

Fort Wayne

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