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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:00 am


Enforce laws on books to curb gun violence

Two Aug. 27 letters were interesting in different ways.

Francis Frellick made some good points as to gun ownership, not the least of which seems to be tougher testing to prevent folks who should never own a gun getting one on the black market. Heaven forbid.

Shirley Glade made the point that people with legal open-carry or concealed weapons seem to do little when the shooting starts. Who knows where these folks are at that time? Victims in these incidents are in the wrong place at the wrong time, and condolences to the families of those killed because of someone trying for 15 minutes of fame.

As for new gun laws, several years ago an article in this paper, or something I heard on the national news, declared there were more than 22,000 pieces of regulatory legislation on record. Find those laws and enforce them.

People are killed with knives, baseball bats, cars, you name it, every day. No one seems to try to prevent the purchase of such items to prevent murders.

Legitimate gun owners, those who hunt or target shoot, should not be punished because of some sick people's desire to do something drastic, keep their weapons locked up when not in use, and remember that every gun is loaded until proven otherwise.

Don Hicks

Fort Wayne

Here's a bright idea: new library leadership

The Allen County Public Library leadership lacks financial responsibility.

On July 4, the main library was fully illuminated and the building was closed for the holiday. I visited the library and informed the receptionist at the office complex of the problem and asked her to pass my complaint on to the proper staff member. In addition, I stated I would also view the building over the Labor Day holiday.

On Sept. 1 and 2, I was not surprised to see the building completely illuminated again.

Enough is enough. The leaders and trustees need to be replaced. Allen County taxpayers deserve better.

Robert Schutte

Fort Wayne

Diversity to be found even among Hoosiers

I sympathize with Chris Francois over her experiences with people who have used racist and nativist stereotyping in their encounters with her (“Hoosier inhospitality,” Sept. 4). However, I fear she may be engaging in stereotyping herself in attributing these prejudices to the state of Indiana rather than misguided individuals.

If Francois had had the opportunity to attend Ivy Tech Community College or Purdue Fort Wayne, she would have found a diverse, welcoming campus with faculty, staff and students from countries around the world. Similarly, if she had had the opportunity to attend a multiethnic church such as Many Nations Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, she would have found people of many colors worshiping in more than one language.

The borough of Queens in New York City, where I grew up, was the home of the fictional Archie Bunker and the real-life Donald Trump. Yet it is also the borough where the multiethnic community of Jackson Heights has residents who speak 167 languages.

We should avoid stereotyping of any group – even Hoosiers.

Darrell Turner

Fort Wayne