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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 05, 2019 1:00 am


State's track record poor in addressing health crises

Kudos to Dr. Tony GiaQuinta's “A pediatrician's plea” (Aug. 25), addressing gun violence.

“So, imagine a deadly virus was spreading, killing more and more children every year. We would declare a state of emergency, band together and focus every effort and every dollar, working continuously to stop its spread.” With all due respect to Dr. GiaQuinta, sadly, that is not the historical case in Indiana.

I find it ironic that a past Indiana governor, Mike Pence, addressed a 2014 HIV epidemic in rural Scott County, Indiana, by first “praying on it” and only later authorizing a clean-needle program. During his tenure, he also signed into law a bill changing possession of a syringe from a misdemeanor to a felony, gutted funding for HIV/AIDS/STD testings, and championed abstinence sex education.

Some may argue Pence's actions saved Indiana from an even worse public crisis, but why did Pence allow the situation to become a public crisis in the first place? The same can be said for gun violence.

HIV remains a disease with no age limit. Death and injury by gun violence also has no age limit. From past actions, “thoughts and prayers” are about all we can expect from state and federal legislators debating public crises. Maybe, someday, Dr. GiaQuinta's words will reach those who actually care.

Joyce Bates

Portland, Oregon

(ex-Fort Wayne, New Haven resident)

Park users have to help in keeping it clean

I was at Packard Park a couple of weekends ago, doing some work on the ball diamond, when I noticed a group of people eating at a picnic table. When they finished, they got up and left their mess on the table. A trash can was 10 feet away. Then, in the pavilion, a group did the same thing.

The parks department has put up two dog waste containers in the park. People walk right by them and let their pets do their job without picking it up.

The Packard alliance is looking for ways to improve the park, which I support, but the neighborhood needs to help keep it clean. I wonder if some of these people do this at home.

Jim Hagadorn

Fort Wayne

Firefighters and friend pitched in on yard work

I want to brag on the three firemen and a boy who surprised me and did yard work for me.

They were attending the New Haven Fire Muster on Aug. 24 and happened to see me out.

They cut my grass, weed-whacked and cleaned up my yard.

I did not get their names, but thank you so much, guys.

Dorothy Mowery

New Haven

Henry latest in string of successful mayors

Fort Wayne has chosen a series of recent mayors who have to be the envy of any comparable city.

Win Moses held the city together against a great flood and the loss of its biggest employer.

Paul Helmke laid the groundwork for all future progress by annexing numerous suburban neighborhoods.

Graham Richard increased the tempo of economic development.

Tom Henry has raised Fort Wayne to national stature as a place to work and live and have fun.

Keep up the good work, Fort Wayne voters. Keep Fort Wayne growing and welcoming and prosperous. Re-elect Mayor Henry.

Evan Davis

Fort Wayne