The Journal Gazette
Monday, September 14, 2020 1:00 am


Media fan flames of 'period of darkness'

Laurie Butts (Letters, Aug. 31) says, “We have a president ... who has managed to plunge us into darkness we have not seen in the U.S. before.”

If you call record-low unemployment for all segments of our population “darkness,” then I might agree. Or if you call lower crime rates “darkness,” then I might agree. Or if you call increased religious freedom “darkness,” then I might agree. Maybe you could be a bit more specific about this “darkness.”

On the other hand, if you talk to anyone who survived the Great Depression, you might get an idea of what “darkness” in our country really is.

Butts says, “The Republicans have done little to stop this president from decimating our Constitution” without citing a provision in the Constitution the president has decimated, explaining how he did it, and how Congress and the courts have reacted?

She says, “We don't pull kids away from their parents at the border and throw them into cages.” She is correct; we don't do that. There is no credible evidence of the use of cages for children, according to the Reuters Fact Check team.

I agree we should stop fighting and yelling, but when we do talk to each other, we should avoid inflammatory hyperbole. Unfortunately, much of the media use inflammatory hyperbole on a regular basis. If you believe it, I can understand why you might think we are in a period of darkness.

Don Glick


Writers stress importance of informed electorate

I appreciate and commend several recent oped articles published in The Journal Gazette.

Steve Graves' “Stark decision (Aug. 28)” outlines the electoral choices we face as voters on Nov. 3. No politician is mentioned by name and Graves gives information from both sides. This should be a must-read before heading to the polls.

The second article, by our own Jill Long Thompson, headlined “No democracy without ethics (Aug. 31),” reminds us to put forth effort to be informed about policy and leadership. We view, read or hear statements of the opposing parties. Uninformed voters are a real threat to our democracy.

Thank you, Mr. Graves and Ms. Long Thompson

M.M. Belote

Fort Wayne

On wearing masks:'Better safe than sorry'

In response to the letter from Jacqui Emberton (Sept. 2):

My husband, son and granddaughter and I “choose” to wear our masks out of caution; it is not the infantile behavior of scaredy cats as she thinks we are. If you don't want to wear the “toxic masks everywhere,” don't. I'm not twisting your arm. And who the heck does she think she is, calling me and others who wear masks stupid?

I have said from the beginning, “Watch the numbers.” We have people we know choose not to believe there is a pandemic. That's their and your prerogative to think it's a hoax. It's our prerogative to wear our masks. I hope for Emberton's sake she don't have anyone who gets the “hoax.”

Stay in your lane with all your buddies who think this is a joke. The numbers will tell the tale. For those out there who choose not to believe, good luck to you. I'm old; I believe in, “Better safe than sorry.”

Cheryl Janeway

New Haven

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