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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Construction crews work to demolish the old Sears building at Glenbrook Mall on Aug. 21.  

Friday, September 06, 2019 1:00 am


'Thoughtful, positive' Hays leader district deserves

The people of the 4th District have a wonderful opportunity to elect a positive voice for change for City Council on Nov. 5.

Patti Hays is executive director of Anthony Wayne Services Foundation, an agency that works with our physically and developmentally challenged community. She is a founding member of AVOW – Advancing Voices of Women –  working to create an environment where people with diverse ideas can have reasoned discussion.

She is a former nurse, hospital administrator and Board of Health member, as well as wife and mother. Her life's work focuses on health, fairness, safety and quality of life for every citizen.

Patti is a proactive problem solver who welcomes new ideas. She is reasoned and civil.

The 4th District deserves to be represented by a thoughtful, positive representative with an open mind, vision for the future and respect for the past. Patti will work fairly and effectively for and with the people of the 4th District.

On Nov. 5, I urge you to vote for Patti Hays to be our next 4th District City Councilman.

Sharon Eisbart

Fort Wayne 

Non-addicts left hurting in 'war on opiates'

I went to pick up a prescription of tramadol. I am not taking anything else for the pain; I can't take NSAIDs and I am not taking any other opiates. I have been having some pretty horrendous sciatica. I can only sit for about a half hour at a time.

The tech had to call the pharmacist over to approve the prescription. He proceeded to say: “It looks like you haven't had any of this recently, or ... ever. What kind of pain are we treating?” I was taken aback (pun intended). Why did he need to know why I required that prescription? He said, “We have to ask because we need to know if you're taking it for the right kind of pain.”

So I told him I was having back surgery in September. That wasn't quite good enough. He still asked, “So it's back pain?” I said, this prescription was called in by my back surgeon's office. What do you think? Did I need to describe exactly where my sciatica is (which is in a slightly embarrassing place)?

I understand we have a problem with overdoses and opiates. I fail to see how a pharmacist can judge whether my pain is the “right” kind of pain so he can decide whether to give me my prescription. What if my pain were of a more personal nature? Say, endometriosis or some sort of rectal or vaginal issue? I have to justify my need for pain relief to a pharmacist, the staff and anyone who happens to be near the counter?

This “war on opiates” has gone too far when people with legitimate pain can't get a couple of weeks' worth of pain meds without jumping through hoops and being embarrassed in public by people who dispense the medication. We aren't the criminals. It's easy to control who gets the prescriptions, much less easy to control the illegal drugs or to treat the people who are addicted. We always take the easy road, but this easy road is, literally, hurting a lot of people.

Melinda Landis

Fort Wayne

Symbolic transformation

Tearing down Sears, the original delivery, hardware and department store, to replace it with a boys playing video games and drinking establishment is definitely a sign and symptom of post-Trump America.

My grandfather rolled over in his grave. We are now a strip mall, tobacco outlet, payday-loan country.

Rob Bogle

New Haven