The Journal Gazette
Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:00 am


Rule keeps moral high ground

I am writing about the article “Rule doesn't honor wives, it demeans women” by Monica Hesse (July 14).

Robert Foster (the Mississippi gubernatorial candidate who refused to allow a female reporter to travel with him for a day unescorted) is the hero of that story. He is right to obey the “Billy Graham rule,” refusing to be alone with any woman other than his wife or, as he put it, “avoid any decision that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage.”

There are plenty of examples of what has happened when this moral high ground has been compromised: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Bakker, John F. Kennedy, Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods and O.J. Simpson, to name only a few.

The rule does honor your wife.

There was no “this makes me better than the rest” in Foster's statement.

Hesse quoted author Jeremy White, who offered comments on trust, about what the rule presumes. To which this biblical reply is given: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Optics as well as a “compromising position” are involved. Today's marriage statistics prove this as well. Divorce rates are high.

As far as reporter Larrison Campbell's news outlet skipping the assignment, that signifies today's media: If I don't agree, it is not printed.

The Graham/Pence/Foster rule is God's. It has nothing to do with preventing women from climbing to the top of their career.

Carma J. Evers

Pioneer, Ohio

Outdoors fine for family

I was thrilled to read to open our paper and see an AP article about the benefits of hiking with kids. The article featured an interview with Shanti Hodges, founder of Hike it Baby. This is a topic near to my heart as one of the volunteer leaders of our Fort Wayne Hike it Baby branch.

We are a growing group of families who meet year round with our kids to enjoy the outdoors. Our hikes are as varied as splash pads in the summer to stomping through winter snow. Our hikers range from grandparents to babies just days old. Spending regular time in nature has changed our family for the better: My girls get along better, we parents are more relaxed, and we have met like-minded families.

Thank you for getting the word out about families spending time together in the great outdoors.

Molly Colglazier

Fort Wayne

Parkview shines in city visit

My family had the opportunity over Labor Day weekend to visit Fort Wayne, and I wanted to share some observations – particularly about the TinCaps and Parkview Field. Our primary destination was Pokagon State Park, but as baseball fans we included a TinCaps game in our itinerary.

Parkview is an incredible facility that the citizens of Fort Wayne should be proud to call their own. My family attends many games at many parks (six different stadiums this year and more than 70 in the past 15 years), and Parkview is among the best we've experienced. Aesthetically, it's absolutely gorgeous. But we also found the access points, seating configuration, concessions and staff to be very fan-friendly. Equally impressive, the fans were extremely team-friendly – what a great crowd! We had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

Actually, we made a day of it. We visited University of Saint Francis (my daughter is a high school junior), we ate dinner at an Irish pub downtown, visited the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and attended church – all because we wanted to see a game at Parkview Field. And there were a lot more attractions in town we didn't have time for on this trip.

All in all, we were glad to see the marriage between the TinCaps and Fort Wayne seems to be one built to withstand the test of time (which is not always the case in minor league baseball). We applaud the folks in the city and the folks with the TinCaps for their efforts, and we look forward to returning for another game very soon.

Louis S. Getman


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