The Journal Gazette
Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:00 am


Councilman's remarks can spark learning

Larry Brown apologized for his remarks at a recent Allen County Council meeting, saying “they were totally inappropriate and out of place.” Yes, indeed, but what do his words say about his attitudes and beliefs? And how representative are they of the same in many? Considerable, I believe.

It is well past time that we delve into the thinking that prompts or allows such inappropriate and out-of-line remarks. Apologies aside, let us begin with an acknowledgment of our long-held beliefs and biases, seek opportunities to become educated, communicate, listen and be open to new understandings.

Black, brown, red, yellow, white, LGBTQ, straight and all who are otherwise challenged have much to learn from one another. Together, let's get on with it!

Muriel Downey

Fort Wayne

What would Jesus do? Wear his mask

As I write this, at least 116,127 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19, and there have been 2,114,026 cases. By the time you read this, there will be more cases and more deaths. You can reduce those numbers.

Since we began the phases of reopening the economy, I have been dismayed at the rapid decline of shoppers and employees wearing masks. I don't understand how this has become a political issue, so I write to make a case for wearing masks. But how to do that?

I could make my appeal as a health care worker. When you wear a mask, it reduces the chances of me contracting COVID-19 and bringing it to the vulnerable patients I work with. However, health care workers have already begged you to help them by staying home, wearing masks and keeping a safe distance from others, and you have stopped listening.

I tried to find an appropriate analogy in the laws or common courtesies of life in the U.S., but most of those, while they protect others, protect us, so we probably do them more for ourselves than for others.

But then I thought, we live in the City of Churches where people are clamoring to get back to church. So I ask you: What would Jesus do?

I believe he would wear a mask not to save his own life but yours. Jesus showed he values your life over his own. He told people to love others and to take care of the least among us. So, he would wear the mask to protect you. And if his followers gathered, I believe they would wear masks and sit apart because, when they left, they would want to spread the message of love Jesus shared, not COVID-19.

You are being asked to wear a mask, not sacrifice your life, so others might live. So, I ask you, is “What Would Jesus Do” just a slogan for you or a way of life? I choose to wear my mask to protect you. Will you wear your mask to protect me?

Holly L. Niner

Fort Wayne

Police spending would make an interesting read

Is there enough transparency for a story on the way the Fort Wayne Police and Allen County sheriff spend the massive budgets they have been granted?

Do we really need a state-of-the-art, custom-made bomb vehicle? What threat is that addressing? How many bombs have the police dealt with in the past 20 years?

Some investigative journalism revealing these numbers and uses would be fascinating, especially if compared to the amount spent per child in the schools.

Dane Leitch

Fort Wayne

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