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‘United’ states on way to being just a memory

We recently witnessed something historic. We witnessed a sitting president win re-election having done absolutely nothing. To say it another way, everything that he did do was only to further the narrative that it’s still George W. Bush’s fault. I find that troubling, to put it mildly.

We would never tolerate that from our children. So why in the world do we tolerate it from the president of the United States?

I find it extremely upsetting that as a country we are becoming more and more of a society that doesn’t want to take responsibility for anything. Ideas such as self-reliance, hard work, determination and honor are being deleted from our lexicon. And they’re being replaced with: “You’re rich and I’m not, so the government needs to take it from you and give it to me.”

The country that I was born into 55 years ago I hardly recognize anymore. Yet I have faith in our God and in the American people that we will find a way to fix it and once again put the word “united” back where it belongs.

JERRY BRENNEMAN Fort Wayne

Stutzman must demand VA Hospital answers

The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern Indiana Healthcare System’s temporary “pause” of inpatient operations in the intensive care unit and the acute medical unit at the Fort Wayne campus is both unprecedented and suspicious.

We have been through this before, with the VA trying to close the inpatient beds at the Fort Wayne hospital in 2004. The sudden removal of patients and the closure of the inpatient and surgical units smack of a back-door maneuver to accomplish what couldn’t be done in 2004.

The community would be outraged if the Parkview or Lutheran systems closed inpatient care in this way. Still, there has been little follow-up by the media and no further statements have been issued by the hospital with a timeline for reopening, or, for that matter, any additional information.

Equally troubling is the reaction by our representative in Congress, Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman has not been able to report any progress to the 30,000 veterans living here in Allen County or to all the veterans living in the Third Congressional District.

As a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Stutzman, more than almost any other representative, should have been on top of this situation. It’s time for answers, time for action, time to represent veterans, time for Stutzman to represent voters who just elected him for a second term.

TOM KEEN Arcola

Start from scratch on State rerouting

Bob Kennedy’s piece on the State Boulevard relocation project (Oct. 14) left out some key information and exaggerated the city’s attempts at two-way public involvement, adding to the confusion about this invasive, oversized project.

The city claims safety is the key reason for the project, but the geometry of the new road – wide and straight and five lanes – will actually have the opposite effect.

City officials have been feverishly trying to sell this project, asserting that the new roadway will enhance the affected neighborhood. But picture its true effect: an enormous swale rising up to an elevated five-lane superstructure connected to an oversized bridge that sits seven feet above the current bridge level. In addition, the project will require the destruction of 12 more homes in this historic district and the removal of at least a dozen families.

Kennedy also exaggerated the level of public involvement in negotiating this project. Those who have been at this discussion table have heard nothing but emphatic, inflexible “Nos!” from the city when we have requested more preservation, minimization of intrusion, road-calming measures, a scaled-down bridge, fewer traffic lanes and a more appropriate design for this old residential neighborhood.

Let’s start this process over with a genuine attempt at two-way, open public involvement and make a plan that doesn’t sacrifice a treasured neighborhood to shave a couple of minutes off of a commute down State Boulevard.

SUZANNE SLICK Fort Wayne

Hunting helps assure more healthy deer

I really wish Don and Susie Sexton (“Daniels must stop sanctioned slaughter,” Nov. 12) could have walked down the trails in Brown County State Park back in 1994.

In the absence of natural predators, the deer population had exploded. The animals were starving to death. They were the size of collies, ribs showing and so sick with hunger they had lost their fear of humans. The forest floor up as high as the deer could reach was stripped bare, not a wildflower, not a blade of grass anywhere.

Isn’t a controlled hunt once a year more humane? If the population is held in check, the plants come back, and the deer that are left as well as the forest are healthier.

The only alternative to the hunters would be to reintroduce wolves to Indiana. We might lose a few 9-year-old kids on the bike trails each year, but that would keep the mean old hunters from slaughtering deer wholesale each fall.

Wolves, bullets, arrows, pick-up trucks or starvation – one way or another the excess die. They don’t stand around in a field of flowers with bluebirds and butterflies and Disney music; they eat and make more deer.

I don’t hunt but wish the people who do the best of luck. Hunting is the best solution for Indiana to have a healthy deer population.

LEE POWELL Leo-Cedarville

Secession talk tantamount to treason

May I point out that encouraging secession and the breakup of this great country is treason. This question was settled in a bath of blood 150 years ago. How tragically ironic that while we remember the 150th anniversary of those horrific events, we have people who want to follow the same path again.

Loosing an election is part of democracy. Should we assume that the people who promote this foolishness intend to turn their backs on the electoral process? (It is, after all, the only way they can guarantee that things always go their way.) So are we looking at people who want to promote autocratic rule and dictatorships? It’s treason and a betrayal of everything this country stands for.

MIKE KLINGER Albion

Sex scandal highlights our skewed morality

So this married guy had an affair, an act so terrible he resigns his position as head of the CIA. And right there tells you this country has a strange notion of right and wrong.

As head of the CIA he no doubt has ordered all kinds of terrible acts, including murder, and before that he was the head military guy for America in Afghanistan, a country where he authorized the daily killings of other human beings, many of them innocent of any crime. Then the guy who succeeds him as head commander in Afghanistan is in trouble for sending “inappropriate” emails to some woman.

So to sum up: Kill people and be rewarded with a chest full of medals and ribbons and fancy titles, all the things we love so much that set us apart from one another, but have an affair and pay with your job and reputation. And their jobs with the military are the reason millions of Americans are without health care, jobs, hope, homes, and children and elderly going hungry. Because we’re told we don’t have the money to help them. The reason we allegedly don’t have the money is it’s spent on war and defense. Which makes a lot of people rich and makes a lot more people poor.

American morality is maybe best summed up in this immortal line from the classic movie “Apocalypse Now”: “We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write (the F-word) on their airplanes because it’s obscene!”

TERRY DORAN Fort Wayne

Christ silent on homosexuality

It is sad to see homophobic prejudice presented under the cloak of biblical pseudo-scholarship, as it was in the Rev. William Allen’s letter (“Same-sex opposition rooted in the Bible,” Nov. 14). Allen cites the apostle Paul as his sole source, saying that Paul “wrote that homosexuality is an abomination.”

Paul wrote no such thing. His letters were written in Greek, the language of the Christian scriptures. There was no word for homosexuality in first-century Greek. My biblical concordance does not contain a single reference to the word anywhere, either in the Old or the New Testament.

It is worth noting that Jesus, whose teachings were based on an ethic of love, not hate, had nothing at all to say on the subject of homosexuality. Allen might well ponder this apparent oversight. On the other hand, Jesus’ teachings were quite explicit on the subject of divorce, which is widely practiced by many contemporary Christians.

Those who want to invoke scriptural authority to legitimize their prejudices would do well to recall that the Scriptures explicitly endorsed both polygamy and slavery, which were widely practiced then. More recently, the authority of Scripture was widely employed by Southern slave owners to justify this hateful institution. It still is used by hate mongers for their own purposes.

Those who are inclined to use Scripture to criticize others might well recall Jesus’ critics, who used it to indict him for eating and drinking with sinners, calling him a glutton and a drunkard.

JOHN MOORE Fort Wayne

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