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Letters

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Letters

Broadway corridor fest again a success

I’m sure I express the gratitude of the presidents of the other seven neighborhood associations that surround the Broadway corridor, as well as the residents of those neighborhoods, in thanking St. Joseph Hospital, Indiana Michigan Power Company, Imagine Schools, Lake City Bank and Shine & Hardin, LLP for their commitment to our area as demonstrated by their continued support of the beautiful Christmas tree on Broadway and the holiday-related festivities.

I would also like to thank those businesses that contribute to the neighborhoods by providing the services needed to make the Christmas tree a success: Harold McComb and Sons General Contractors, Mudrack Tree Service, Hall’s Restaurants, Ellison Bakeries, WAJI Majic 95.1, Summit City Electric, Graycraft Signs Plus and Visionscapes.

Once again, the Broadway corridor glittered with the lights of the holiday season, thanks to this annual celebration, which has become the most anticipated event of the year by the families of our neighborhoods. This year, a crowd of 1,500 people gathered to enjoy the holiday cheer with cookies, hot chocolate, a ride on the Polar Express Train, and a chance for the children to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer. The efforts of these businesses show their commitment to the promise of Broadway and the urban core of our city. Our families, neighborhoods, and city are stronger because of their efforts.

Also, thank you to all of you who have visited the Christmas tree on the Broadway Plaza. We appreciate your visiting our neighborhood.

DARRELL KINDSCHY President, Creighton-Home Neighborhood Association

MLK bridge wows morning commuters

One of the perks of going to work early mornings is viewing the Martin Luther King Bridge lit up like a giant banner against the darkness. It is awesome. The first time I saw it, I was wowed. What a tremendous asset to our city.

JEAN VICE Fort Wayne

Only vigilance can prevent violence

Once again, another act of pure evil. An individual took his rage out on defenseless people, most of them children, on Dec. 14. It’s unimaginable that someone would do this. What isn’t unimaginable is the call for more gun control. This seems almost like they are taking advantage of a horrible situation like some twisted form of ambulance chasing. And for what reason? Political “currency” to further an agenda.

Banning or further regulating firearms is a non-solution to violence. Still I imagine it will make many people feel good but offers no solution to these acts of violence.

Back in 1927, Andrew Kehoe detonated a bomb at a Bath Township, Mich., school. The death toll was 44. In 1990, Julio Gonzalez set fire to the only exit at the Happy Land nightclub in the Bronx. A total of 87 people were killed. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb made from fertilizer outside of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The building was nearly leveled and 168 people were killed. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The weapons that started the chain of events were simple box cutters.

It’s possible we will never know the full motive of the madman on Dec. 14. The only thing we can do to prevent loss of life is to be eternally vigilant. Benjamin Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The citizens and lawmakers of the United States need to remember this.

CHRIS DOENGES New Haven

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