The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 16, 2022 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Recycling would help ease trash concerns

Residents are complaining about trash not being picked up. While watching the news, I saw a fair amount of stuff that could have been recycled instead of dumped in the landfill.

Are some residents too lazy to sort and recycle? Or maybe they just don't care.

It's so much easier to complain about the problems than to exert yourself to be part of the solution.

Melinda Williams Capozza


Bowen testing site braces for shortages

At the request of the Kosciusko County Health Department, Bowen Center/Bowen Health Clinic has operated the COVID Test Site for the past 18 months.

The Indiana State Department of Health is no longer able to provide enough rapid tests to keep up with the volume of people coming to the site. Bob Weaver, director of the Kosciusko County Department of Health, has been relentless in his efforts to get enough test kits to keep up with the demand. He was informed last week that rapid test kits must be rationed and only administered to youth ages 5-18 and adults older than 50 reporting COVID-like symptoms. All others will be administered the PCR (deep nasal swab) test.

If the site runs out of test kits, we will be forced to temporarily close. We want to apologize in advance if we ever must temporarily close the test site. It will not be an employee-shortage problem. We are fully staffed with dedicated, compassionate individuals, intent on serving this community. The problem will be a shortage of test kits.

If the site must temporarily close, a sign will be prominently displayed. Since the delivery of supplies is uncertain, we may not be able to predict when the test site will reopen. We will keep media apprised, and it will be noted on our website at

Again, we sincerely apologize in advance to the community for the inconvenience this may cause during this ongoing global pandemic.

Kurt Carlson


Bowen Center

Repeated ads have unintended effect

What is it with repeating television and radio advertisements?

Ad one plays, then another (different) ad, then the same (ad one) again. Every break has the same ads, and they are repeated many times per hour. Is this to cause the advertiser to remain on my mind? It does, but in a way so as to make me avoid patronizing the company with the offending spot. This saturating advertising is a real turn-off.

I would like to name the most egregious offenders – you probably already know who they are – but that probably isn't allowed and, besides, who wants to give them more exposure?

John D. Foell


Comics conundrum has simple solution

If you don't like “Luann” (Letters, Jan. 4), don't read it.  Life would be boring if everyone liked the same thing.

D.M. Miller

Fort Wayne

Mob rule becoming GOP's defining tactic

Viewing the many video broadcasts of the assault on the Capitol, I could only conclude that the angry mob intended to violently undo the supposed injustice done to their president, who claimed the election had been stolen from him.

In my opinion, had the mobsters known in advance that the opposition they would face would be so light and that a good portion of Americans would hail them as patriots, they would have attracted a much larger contingent. That would have resulted in much more damage and possibly would have ignited similar mob action throughout the country.

Besides displaying how precarious our democracy is, the assault also identified a weapon any angry group can employ to defy a civic ruling. This was evidenced in school districts throughout the nation when angry parents defied the rulings of officially constituted school boards, going so far as to threaten board members if they didn't change their votes.

De facto employment of this tactic allows any group under the pretext of “what's good for the children” and/or “constitutional rights” to force their will upon any constituted authority.

I believe that has been going on since the assault on the Capitol and it has been the primary tactic of the Republican Party, which has absorbed the Capitol mobsters into its ranks.

Usually my main concern is environmental degradation, but I think we'll experience the damage done by Donald Trump and a noxious Republican Party before we suffer the consequences of our prodigal disregard of nature.

Chester Baran

Fort Wayne

Deceptive sales pitch for energy alternative

Those electric-powered vehicles look so great on TV ads, don't they? 

So, what do we really know of that battery powered vehicle? It runs off a battery. It does not pollute. It does not harm Mother Earth. 

A battery does not make electricity, it just stores electricity produced elsewhere primarily by coal, uranium, natural gas-powered plants or diesel-fueled generators. So, to say an electric vehicle is zero emission is not valid.

This battery weighs about 1,000 pounds. It contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel and plastic. Inside are 6,831 individual lithium-ion cells.

All these toxic components come from mining. All told, you have to dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth's crust for one battery.

Sixty-eight percent of the world's cobalt comes from the Congo, mined primarily by hand by children.

The mines have no pollution controls and they employ children who die from handling this toxic material, not to mention deaths caused by cave-ins.

It has yet to be determined how to recycle these 1,000-pound batteries.

There may be a place for this technology, but we must look beyond the myth of zero emissions. Data, and its manipulation, can be a cause for better or worse. In the case of electric vehicles, solar arrays and windmills, there is no case for them relating to the greater good.

So, are those flashy ads good advertising or propaganda? The only thing about a green electric vehicle is perhaps its paint job.

Dave Cooper


Buddies' battles offer food for thought

One of my buddies wants to open a restaurant, but when he was told he needed to comply with rules from the Board of Health he complained it infringed on his right to make a living.

 Another friend had his license revoked.

“I can't believe it,” he said.

“I was going to Indy, and you know how flat and straight and boring that road is, and well there wasn't much traffic, so I just put the pedal down for a little fun.”

“What'd they clock you at?”

“140. And now I have to go through all this stuff to get my license back and my insurance is going to go through the roof.”


One of the friends I play music with is a police officer.

“Did you hear about the the new state law they're trying to pass to get rid of permits for concealed carry?” he asked when we took a break.

“Yeah. What do your buddies on the force think about it?”

“Well, the higher-ups are telling the state reps it's not a good idea. Heck, checking a permit on a call is one thing I have to give me an idea about what I might be going into. If that bill passes I lose that as a tool.”

Wow, I thought, all those stories in only one week. Retirement looks better and better all the time. Kind of glad I'm out of the workforce. I don't have a need for speed, I'm not trying to open a business, and I only had to deal with office politics at work, not a mystery person with a gun.

Carl L. Peters

Fort Wayne

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