The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 01, 2020 1:00 am


Methodical argument overwhelms 'what abouts'

The juxtaposition of Dan Stauffer's letter, “Lies show crumbling of our old foundation,” across from Stacey Herbst's column, “A steady descent,”on June 19 caught my attention.

I can agree with Stauffer's conclusion that our nation's moral foundations are in a perilous state. However, I cannot accept his accusing Democrats for contributing to this decline, a claim he backs with a series of “What about...” examples, including his “debunking” of the proven Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Herbst effectively counters his examples and conclusion with a well-supported, evidence-based argument redirecting the blame onto the GOP. She charges the party's narrowing focus and growing lock-step demands created the “us against them” mindset that led to Donald Trump's squeak-by election, culminating in a divisive, chaotic reign that continues to significantly erode our nation's moral foundation and undermine our status as a once-dominant world leader.

Stauffer's assertions pale into insignificance when compared with this evidence.

Shirley Glade

North Manchester

Military offers template for police behavior

Our domestic law enforcement represents itself as a “thin blue line” that protects law-abiding citizens from the depredations of criminal elements. Recent egregious abuses of its authority have led to demonstrations that indict officers for excessive use of force, brutality and racism. Demonstrators demand an overhaul of the system.

At the same time, we have a high regard for our national military, which we see as defenders of our freedom and a global police force that maintains world order. Perhaps if we follow them on their historical patrol, we can find a clue to help resolve our domestic situation.

Since World War II, there have been three major conflicts: Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Korea and Vietnam could have been resolved diplomatically but military and political leaders advocated for combat. A fabrication, weapons of mass destruction, was used as a pretext to invade Iraq.

Massive bombing devastated Korea and Vietnam and turned much of Iraq into rubble. Military leaders misinformed/lied about the threat posed by the enemy and the progress of the war and prolonged combat by continually devising new strategies. In war, the enemy is dehumanized, but the people we were supposedly protecting/liberating were referred to as a lesser species.

The rules of engagement defined free-fire zones that were expansive enough to amass body counts while excusing civilian casualties, and fuzzy enough to confine blame for any wanton civilian killing to the lower ranks and attributable to “bad apples.”

There was no victory in these conflicts, and there is no end to the threats we identify and spend massive amounts of money to protect against.

So it seems our global armies operate much the same as our domestic police; the only difference is that their victims are not us. We need more than an overhaul of the police.

Chester Baran

Fort Wayne

Protesters could be contributing to spike

With all the “expert” poll takers, I wonder if they have a poll of how many protesters have contracted coronavirus, and how many have died.

When I see some protesters not wearing masks, and definitely not social distancing, could this spike in coronavirus be the reason?

Emory Jeffers

Fort Wayne

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