Stories reflect area's strange priorities
The Nov. 19 Metro section had an article about the Fort Wayne Plan Commission's pet peeve project: shutting down the Champagne Club. I understand this is an establishment where adults (of their own free will) go to socialize and engage in consensual sexual activity.
On that same page is an article about a man accused of child molesting and more than a dozen other felonies. Allen Superior Court decided he did not need to spend any time in jail, letting him plead guilty to two lesser charges. Another article on that same page is about a man who had been charged with burglary and two counts of rape. He pleaded guilty to a much lesser charge and may serve only one year behind bars.
Based on this, local leaders must think it is better to force your sexual needs upon others than engage in them consensually.
Lawmakers receive an education
The Nov. 19 Red for Ed Rally was an inspiring day. Motivated teachers, parents, administrators, retired teachers and students donned red and gathered at the Statehouse to express their frustration over the conditions the legislature has imposed on them and the children of Indiana.
To be clear to those who think teachers should not have left their classrooms and districts should not have closed, this rally has been a long time coming. It has taken nearly 10 years for the legislation inspired during Mitch Daniels' administration and enhanced during Mike Pence's and now Eric Holcomb's to create the conditions that finally led teachers to say enough is enough. Most teachers would rather be in class with their kids than standing outside for hours on a chilly November day.
Teachers don't rally and protest at the drop of a hat. It has taken nearly 10 years of the punitive system developed by the legislature to push teachers to the point that they pushed back. It has taken nearly 10 years for parents and the community to understand the destructive impact on their public schools and the negative impact on their children.
Public schools are struggling to provide the best education for all children. No matter how the governor and legislators extol the “historic” funding for education in Indiana in the latest budget, the spin does not accurately reflect how little relief it provides to replace the dollars communities around the state are losing because of vouchers or the millions spent on ineffective and harmful testing.
The conditions that inspired Red for Ed won't change unless we take action – everyone who went to Indianapolis, everyone who demonstrated in Fort Wayne, everyone who participated in a walk-in at a school, everyone who wore red on Tuesday in support of teachers and schools must keep the legislators' focus on education in Indiana.
We need to get informed and educate our legislators about the consequences of their lawmaking.
Shame, not hate, over Trump's actions
In response to David L. Nichols' Nov. 17 letter criticizing “Trump-hating writers,” he is showing that he may need to talk to some of these so-called “Trump haters” or seek out some other information on their points of view instead of making assumptions.
I, for instance, am one he may label as a Trump-hater whose soul is filled with hate. I, however, hate no one. I was taught that hatred is wrong and that you should do unto others as you would have done to yourself.
This is my main point of contention with our current president, his communications and his policies that punish the most vulnerable of residents and our neighbors. Lying is not something I would want anyone to do to me, so I don't do it. However, our president has been verified, by multiple sources, to have lied thousands of times while in office. Also, most people don't prefer to be insulted and called names, yet our president insults any perceived rival, including fellow public servants, so often that it's no longer newsworthy. Finally, this country was founded on helping the “tired and poor,” yet the policies our president seeks are not just inconsiderate but, in many cases, inhumane.
So, while I don't hate Donald Trump, I am ashamed that the president of the greatest country on earth acts with little more respect, dignity or compassion than a schoolyard bully. Unfortunately, for me, breathing in the fresh air of the prosperous economy is sullied by the stench of the lack of integrity of the man responsible for it. And no amount of fiscal success or “getting things done” makes it OK for anyone to act like Trump.
Wrong prescription for county Republicans
After a tough loss like the Republicans suffered in the 2019 general election for Fort Wayne mayor, tin-eared members of the GOP will often trumpet self-serving, stale, oft-repeated suggestions for the future. And then there's John Crawford.
His analysis (Nov. 10) was not only stale and self-serving (Crawford went so far as to insinuate that the loss was somehow due to the local right-to-life chapter), but he also incredulously blamed the loss on the inability of local Republicans to “get 100% behind the primary winner and run as a team.” Never before has a local politician cast such a self-righteous stone while failing to notice the hypocritical plank gleaming from his own eye.
Crawford and his family undermined Smith's campaign at nearly every turn. In his “autopsy,” Crawford longs for “a big tent” for Republicans, yet he sat idly by while his wife left the big tent, used the Crawford name and publicly endorsed the Democrat for mayor. Furthermore, Crawford stayed reticent throughout the general election, allowing Tom Henry to self righteously declare in a debate that what Tim Smith “did to Dr. Crawford was terrible.” Crawford could have displayed class and leadership, put the party first, and publicly declared that “despite a hard-fought primary campaign, all Republicans – including me – must get behind Tim Smith for mayor.”
But Crawford didn't. Instead, he cemented his legacy as a thin-skinned sore loser who failed to show leadership and instead jammed a knife in the back of the party's candidate. If the Republican Party wants to get back into the mayor's office, it must first be willing to ignore the advice of Republicans like Crawford.
Millennials give boomers a break
I read on journalgazette.net that the U.S. government had a $984.4 billion deficit for the 2019 fiscal year. That is up from the $779 billion last year.
The deficit was $438 billion in 2015 (the last full year of the previous administration), reflecting an almost 2.247 times increase in just four years. Last year, I gave thanks to future generations for the $2,100 each in debt for my wife and I that the millennial and all future generations are, by default, assuming for us as their part of the national debt.
My wife and I are retired. We no longer receive W2's and are not paying wage taxes to help with the debt. With the current U.S. population of 329,064,917 divided into the 2019 deficit of $984.4, I figure we have a gift of $2,991 each from the millennial and all future generations in this year alone. They are helping keep our taxes low. With nearly $3,000 each in debt we don't have to ever pay back, we will be enjoying our retirement that much more.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, millennial/future generations. Please continue to stay home on Election Day. We 71.4 million boomers are counting on you.