The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 am


Too little accountability for trash debacle

The letter by Donielle Lefever on Jan. 13 is on target. I agree 100%.

This debacle with Red River should have been dealt with immediately upon their taking over trash removal. Instead, we had a mayor and solid waste manager who elected to roll out excuse after excuse instead of admitting mistakes were made in vetting this company. I have lived at the same address for 31 years and never had to report a miss until Red River took over.

My trash has been missed five weeks straight. The recycling has been missed three cycles in a row. It feels like I'm a dispatcher because every Thursday I have to spend time reporting misses to 311. 

Like Lefever, I believe this mayor has failed the health and safety of the citizens of this city miserably. I have no idea why the solid waste manager has not been fired. 

Now that bankruptcy has been filed by Red River, it's finger-pointing time. 

I agree with all the ideas submitted by Lefever to resolve this mess. The only thing I slightly disagree with is the attitude of the 311 staff. A couple of them are disgusting at best. Most have been very professional, and I should know them all after having to call in every week.

We citizens deserve better than this.

John Steinbacher

Fort Wayne

Cause of voting rights suffers painful setbacks

I am totally embarrassed, humiliated and heartbroken by the recent voter reform laws and gerrymandering actions recently passed in so many states. All the years of painful, slow and slight progress were just wiped away.

I apologize to all of the hopeful who dedicated their lives, careers and energy to pursuing equality.

I'm sorry, America.

Linda Young

Fort Wayne

Accumulation of power is goal of government

When Sen. Dennis Kruse was asked in a recent Journal Gazette piece (5 Questions, Jan. 10) why we shouldn't take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and allow a bipartisan commission to decide, he said, “Legislators are elected and reflect the values of their voters, and if voters are unhappy with the job legislators do on redistricting, they can always vote them out of office.”

Well, actually, no, they can't. The whole point of the gerrymandering that has taken place in this state is to ensure that the legislators who created these districts can't be voted out of office.

When Rep. Ben Smaltz can ignore the 64% of his voters and the law enforcement people who don't want to eliminate the requirement for Hoosiers to obtain a license to carry a handgun, he obviously isn't reflecting the values of his voters.

A recent article gave this statistic: Only about 10% of U.S. House races were competitive in 2020. That situation makes many voters feel there is no point in going to the polls, that their votes won't make any difference.

Then it appears that the goal of government is not to promote the good of this country and its citizens, but to solidify power in the hands of a small number of people.

Ann Kreamer

Fort Wayne

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