Feeling helpless, sad in national crisis
Too many shootings. I looked online and learned that the average number of homicides in the past 15 years in Allen County was 30.8. This year, in just eight months, there have been 32 and counting.
In the United States, there has also been a spike in homicides. Guns are too easily accessible and people are too quick to resort to violence. In the present climate of name-calling and blaming, people are not learning or practicing listening and tolerance.
Some homicides have been at the hands of police. While I continue to believe the majority of police are respectable people, the ones who are not are causing distrust and insecurity. I think this problem began years ago when the federal government started “rewarding” law enforcement agencies with military equipment. The police were seen as something other than the neighborhood “helpers” we talked about to our young children.
It breaks my heart to hear of yet another person killed by police or a neighbor or even a family member. I try not to judge without knowing all the facts, but this is happening too often to be ignored. I can't imagine the trauma experienced by the families of these victims.
Our country didn't begin with equality for all, but it was founded on that principle. Laws have been passed to guide us in that direction. However, hearts seem unchanged. When I hear the hatred spewed by many on social media and in Congress and especially the White House, I feel scared and sick for the country I love.
I'm so sad. And I'm an old white woman of privilege (that does not mean wealth). The anger of victims' families, if not the destruction, is understandable. I just don't know how people of color can even function with the constant distrust and abuse.
I'm feeling helpless and extremely sad.
Encouraging turnout is media's mission
As misinformation abounds and some politicians attempt to suppress the vote, the act of voting becomes a complicated and daunting process. Americans must depend on the print media to sort it all out.
Newspapers such as The Journal Gazette should give special emphasis to publicizing deadlines for registration, dates for early voting, rules for mail-in and absentee ballots, the location of polling stations, programs for transporting voters to the polls, and continuous updates on all issues that affect voting. This information should be prominently displayed in the weeks and days leading up to the national election.
Nonpartisan editorials should emphasize the importance of voting. At some point, it would be a good idea to devote a special section of the newspaper to the authoritative coverage of the voting process, entirely apart from reports and analyses of political issues.
Voting should not be complicated, but it is being made difficult by those who wish to subvert democracy. People of good will on both sides of the political divide must realize that a strong voter turnout is in the best interest of the nation and its citizens, no matter their social or economic backgrounds, their racial or ethnic identities, or their geographic location. Democracy is at stake.
Promoting a robust voter turnout on Nov. 3 should become the mission of newspapers throughout the United States.
CHARLES and DAGNY BOEBEL
Banks' stance makes him unelectable
Rep. Jim Banks refers to “Antifa thugs” and proposes ways of punishing them and preventing them from voting.
But antifa is not an actual organization; it is a word created from “anti-fascist.”
Since Banks is anti-anti-fascist, it appears he is admitting to being pro-fascist.
According to Wikipedia: “Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.”
I do not feel represented by my representative.
Please join me in voting for Chip Coldiron.
Helen Frost Thompson
Readers' biases blind them to the obvious
Though I am not always the greatest fan of The Journal Gazette, I must respond to the accusation by Mike Keller (Aug. 26) who implied the paper was biased because so many letters blame Donald Trump for COVID-19 deaths. It is not bias because he is, in fact, responsible.
First he ignored warnings, then he denied it, then proclaimed it would just disappear. He touts how he shut down travel from China, without mentioning the 40,000 non-Chinese who continued to stream in from China, along with Europeans who were also infected. When it was pointed out that most deaths were in Democratic states, he thought it could help him politically, so he did nothing. He tried to blame governors. He wouldn't listen to his medical experts.
So here we are with 4% of the world's population and 25% of the deaths. Trump's incompetence is the reason, thus all the letters blaming him.
Bob Patterson (Aug. 25) also believes the JG is biased because he saw so many Trump flags around Hamilton Lake. I suggest the people who would fly Biden flags probably can't afford lake cottages and nice boats.
They were likely at work, hoping to earn enough to feed their family. Perhaps their flags are at the nurses' stations, or the warehouse, or the factory.
And a deluded Kevin Henry (Aug. 28) thanked Trump for helping families take home bigger paychecks. He obviously doesn't realize the money they are taking comes directly from Social Security funding. If Trump gets four more years, that fund will be bankrupt by 2023, according to government estimates. Henry stated “no one collecting Social Security will be hurt” when, in fact, everyone collecting Social Security will be hurt because it will be gone. Seniors better hope we don't see more of the current corrupt and inept leadership after the election.
Lack of diversity hurts city and its businesses
Among the 69 celebrated business people in the Aug. 30 Journal Gazette, I count:
One person of color.
56 white men.
Admittedly, it's a snapshot, but this half page screams widespread lack of diversity.
Without representation at the table where decisions are made, are we surprised people take to the streets to be seen and heard?
The mayor appoints 176 representatives to 38 local boards or commissions.
Multiple studies have shown that diverse organizations outperform monolithic organizations. For example, according to Forbes, banking institutions with a higher share of female board members outperform during a crisis. According to a 2015 McKinsey Study of 366 public companies, those in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity of management are 35% more likely to outperform their industry mean.
Yes, this is a conservative city. But if Mayor Tom Henry is not motivated by political or moral reasons to visibly strive for more diversity in city government, then maybe these financial reasons will give him the argument he needs to lead us into a more inclusive future.
It's well past time to reflect the entire constituency throughout local government – and hopefully in future Sunday Journal Gazettes.
Facts don't add up to project cancellation
We were heartened to read that City Councilmen Glynn Hines and Tom Didier were sponsoring a resolution that would start an investigation into termination of the city's agreement with the developer of Electric Works. We believe the entire council should support this effort.
While we voted for Mayor Tom Henry in more than one election, we are mystified by the circumstances of the termination of the city's agreement. It is not enough to say we ended it because we could, as the Redevelopment Commission attests. Just because you can does not mean you should do something.
Many questions need to be raised and answered in a fully transparent setting. One can only wonder what is at play that has not been made clear. If the whole case is already out in the open, it seems real ineptitude is at play.
Protecting taxpayer dollars by canceling millions of dollars in grants and losing hundreds of jobs coming into our community, while second-guessing what Do it Best and others might do, does not make sense with the information publicly available.
EDWARD E. and SUSAN KEIRN KESTER