The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 02, 2020 1:00 am


Reckless Democrats endanger electoral system

It is astounding that the leaders of the Democratic Party believe their impeachment proceedings have any merit or validity. They spoke about the impeachment of President Donald Trump shortly after he was inaugurated if not before. This fact clearly illustrates the “banana republic” mentality the Democrats have rabidly adopted as a result of their loss of the 2016 presidential election.

They simply have not, cannot and will apparently never accept this defeat. With this as their mental backdrop, they are doing all they can to try to remove the president from office to attain the result they wanted. This, of course, is contrary to the documented outcome of that election and specifically contrary to the purpose of the Electoral College, which performed its function as intended.

By trying to trample these basic tenets of our electoral process, the Democrats have clearly exposed themselves to be reckless, self-absorbed and dangerous threats to our cherished system of selecting our elected leaders.

Warren Mead


Long-lingering utility cut omen of bigger issues

Mayor Tom Henry deserves a victory lap for his recent reelection.

While on that lap, Mayor Henry should stop by the northwest corner of Ewing Street and Jefferson Boulevard. This sidewalk is catty corner from Parkview Field.

The sidewalk is a utility cut for a water meter replacement. The area is a mound of asphalt, offers a tripping hazard and is an eyesore. The cut was done more than a year ago and should have been restored much sooner.

In a prior job, I worked for City Utilities to help identify, measure and mark, and monitor contractors' work on these kinds of cuts. In Mayor Graham Richard's term, he instituted Six Sigma to streamline these kinds of issues. Henry, for reasons unknown, ended Six Sigma.

I have learned in my many years that if you can not handle the little things well, you are hardly going to be able to do the big things well.

W. Patrick Sefton

Fort Wayne

Dinnertime surprise soon will benefit another

My wife and I had dinner at Bob Evans on Dupont Road on Dec. 14. When we had finished our meal, our waitress told us our bill had been paid for by two ladies who were seated behind us. What a nice surprise. We want to thank them very much and let them know we will pay it forward. 


Fort Wayne

Space race inspired some classic comedy

I read the review of the new book “Dear Neil Armstrong: Letters to the First Man from All Mankind” in the Dec. 15 Journal Gazette and wanted to append to it one of the best comedic comments crafted in the 20th century.

As World War II was coming to a close in Europe, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics were engaged in a frantic effort across Europe to locate and make use of as many German scientists as possible, especially in the field of rocketry.

When the U.S. reached the moon and the USSR didn't, someone posed this question-and-answer joke: “How did the U.S. win the space race over the Soviet Union?” “Our Germans beat their Germans.”

The Germans are two-time losers in the world war business, but, out in space, wunderbar.

For further humorous commentary, listen to the song “Wernher von Braun” by Tom Lehrer, one of the greatest lyricists in U.S. history. Actually, you should hear all of Lehrer's fantastically creative and bitingly pointed tunes.

Eric Mann


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