The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 22, 2020 1:00 am


Protesters' wave will change tide of history

It's encouraging to see so many young white folks joining in the peaceful demonstrations against the death of George Floyd, apparently at the hands of the Minneapolis police (remember that in this country, we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law). These might be part of the group of young people who are fed up with school shootings.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party and the NRA are going to end up on the wrong side of history. Demonstrators need to keep up the good fight, and let's stop all of this nonsense peacefully. We can change the world; racism is just stupid.

Bob Ott


Political 'leaders' loath to follow pope's words

Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old man from Buffalo, New York, was peacefully protesting police violence against African Americans. Police violently shoved him to the ground and Gugino had to be hospitalized; he is in serious but stable condition. Initially, the Buffalo police lied about the incident. When video footage was released, they had to backtrack.

Gugino is a peace activist and a member of the nonviolent Catholic Worker Movement, which aims to help the poor and protests for social justice – a real “ANTIFA provocateur” as Donald Trump called him. Without evidence, Trump spread this falsehood to the millions of his followers on Twitter. This newest conspiracy theory came from One America News and their employee Kristian Brunovich Rouz. Ruoz has worked for both OAN and Sputnik, a Russian government-controlled news operation.

Ruoz “reported” that Gugino was using police-tracking software on his cellphone. There is absolutely no proof of this. Trump not only believes OAN is a reputable news organization but then takes its unfounded conspiracy theories and tweets them out to his followers.

And Sen. Mike Braun has no real response to it. His silence conveys his fear of Trump and his total abdication of independence. Is Braun afraid of a mean tweet from Trump? He is not up for reelection for a few years, so it is not as if he fears a primary challenger or losing his seat. Alas, Braun is like the rest of his GOP colleagues who are afraid of standing up to Trump, regardless of the consequences.

The words spoken by Pope Francis have never been more necessary in these times of rampant gaslighting by Trump and his followers. “It is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good.”

Karime Masson


Republicans twist history to justify injustice

The right-wing Republican Party loves to promote itself as the party of Lincoln, who freed the slaves, while haughtily pointing out that the Democrats were against it. Yes, that was correct 160 years ago, but things have certainly changed over time.

They also like to point out that Confederate monuments were erected under Democratic-elected governments. My irony and hypocrisy meters are pegged to the maximum with Republicans now defending said statues while criticizing Democratic governments wanting to remove them.

The Republican Party of today is the Democratic Party of then. It's so insulting that Republicans tout moral superiority simply because Lincoln freed the slaves while being a carbon copy of the Democratic Party of that era.

I believe it is essential we elect Democratic candidates to heal the injustices and damage done in the past three-plus years.

Gary L Hermes

Fort Wayne

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