The Journal Gazette
Sunday, June 06, 2021 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Blocking Jan. 6 probe renders 'leaders' unfit

It was a sad day for democracy when U.S. Senate Republicans were successful in blocking the formation of a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to examine the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Americans deserve to know the truth about this horrible assault on the Capitol and on our democratic system.

Those of us who saw this attack unfold on television know that the invading mob was not like a group of “tourists,” as one Republican congressman ridiculously stated. It was a fairly well-orchestrated, violent effort to overturn the duly-certified election results. If we want to avoid another similar – and perhaps more successful – insurrection attempt in the future, the Jan. 6 attack must be studied. We need to know how it happened and how to strengthen security, and we need to understand the part that Donald Trump's stolen-election “Big Lie” played in motivating the attack.

Why are so many House and Senate Republicans – including Rep. Jim Banks, Sen. Mike Braun and Sen. Todd Young – afraid of an in-depth inquiry into this threat to democracy? Could it be that they are afraid that the truth might debunk the “Big Lie” and expose the treasonous complicity of Trump and a few Republican members of Congress? Whatever the reason, those who try to block the truth do not belong in positions of public trust.

Margaret Ankenbruck

Fort Wayne 

Electric car is easy with you in charge

In recent weeks, readers have written in asking what it costs to charge an electric car. I'm on my third electric car, so I thought I'd share my experiences.

As with filling up a gas car, your pricing and experience can vary greatly. The biggest variable is the local energy cost.

Teslas are very easy to use. There are something like 20,000 superchargers out there, so you don't need to look very hard to find one – especially if you are on interstates or highways. GPS automatically suggests when and where to charge. I pull into the stall and plug in. That's it. No credit card, no registration.

The going rate for electricity there might be 25 cents per kilowatt hour. I have a 100-kilowatt battery, so “filling up the tank” would probably cost around $25 – good for another 300 miles or so. These road trip prices are roughly in line with the cost of gas.

It's more common to charge up to 80% “full” because the battery charges more quickly when you first plug it in, and because I rarely can drive the full 100% without wanting another break to stretch my legs or get a quick meal. Between 15 and 25 minutes on the charger is usually long enough to get enough charge to make it to my next desired stop. Tesla chargers will often be found near a coffee shop or grocery store with some amenities, so the break passes quickly.

For the non-Teslas, it's a little bit more complicated until you figure it out. Most other electric car brands use public charger networks (Teslas can use these too if so desired). Some of the charger networks are easier to use than others. Costs may vary as well, though usually not by too much. Charging speeds can be slower – not because of the charger but because of some of the cars using them. 

The best and cheapest option is always to charge at home if you have an outlet available. After a road trip, I'll intentionally arrive home near “empty” since electric rates are drastically less on my home power bill.

Josh Spencer

Fort Wayne

35-year paper carrier was always reliable

Thank you to Ken Reffe for 35 years of excellent newspaper delivery.

Through rain, snow, ice or cold weather, we always found our newspaper on the doorstep.

Have a wonderful retirement!


Fort Wayne

Touching kindness will be passed along

On May 29, my husband and I took my dad to dinner at Applebee's on Coventry Lane around 6:30 p.m. We were completely taken by surprise when our server, Chris, came to our table at the end of our meal and told us our bill had anonymously been paid in full.

To the person(s) who blessed us with this generous act of kindness, the words “thank you” seem inadequate to express our gratitude for the totally unexpected gift you gave us. We want you to know how much your kindness touched our hearts.

We look forward to opportunities to pass on to others the kindness and generosity you shared with us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Your kindness to us will always be remembered.


Fort Wayne

Humanity's depravity seen at Auschwitz

I am writing regarding article “Latest variant of Holocaust denial” (May 26).

Anyone who denies or makes flippant remarks about the Holocaust should be required to visit Auschwitz.

It would have to be a very cold person not to feel the tears coming.

The stack of suitcases with personal belongings all opened because of being searched for valuables, the display of children's toys, the pictures of emaciated people and the laboratory where all the physical experiments were performed.

The height to which human cruelty can reach is unbelievable.

Valerie Keys

Fort Wayne

Mandate meaningless under declarations

Much has been made recently of Indiana University's proclamation that students must be vaccinated to attend classes on campus this fall. Both this newspaper's editorial and a local doctor's piece (May 27) attempt to validate the legality of doing so using incorrect information. If the vaccines were FDA licensed and approved, their arguments would be valid. However, such is not the case.

The Health and Human Services secretary justified emergency use of drugs and biological products for COVID-19 on March 27, 2020. Under that same section of federal code, the secretary is mandated to ensure that individuals are informed of the risks and benefits of the products and of the option to refuse or accept administration of the products.

All the vaccines for COVID-19 have received only emergency use, not full FDA approval and licensing.

Dr. Amanda Cohn, executive secretary of the CDC's advisory committee, stated that under emergency use, COVID-19 vaccines are not allowed to be mandatory. In addition, the Nuremberg Code of 1947 regarding permissible medical experiments, accepted around the world, emphasizes voluntary consent without duress or any element of force. IU's mandate clearly violates that principle.

The Declaration of Helsinki, established in 1964 and last edited in 2013, also forms an ethical basis for medical experiments on humans. It states, “While the primary purpose of medical research is to generate new knowledge, this goal can never take precedence over the rights and interests of individual research subjects.” Those rights include the right to privacy and confidentiality.

IU's School of Medicine and their School of Law certainly enhance our medical and legal standards. However, I am appalled at the lack of understanding, and therefore illegally mandating, vaccines not yet fully licensed.

Wake up, IU and The Journal Gazette, and do a better job of researching.

David Slosson

Fort Wayne

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