CHEERS to the 5,629 people in our community who have joined PTAs to support our schools. With three months until the membership deadline, we have already exceeded last year’s total of members. CHEERS also to the PTA leaders who work to help the schools in our community in so many ways. Your efforts make a difference every day.
KATHIE GREEN Indiana PTA Northeast Region vice president and Fort Wayne Area PTA Council president
CHEERS to the two gentlemen sitting behind us at Cracker Barrel on Dec. 20. As we sat waiting for our bill after eating a hearty breakfast, we were overwhelmed to learn they had taken care of it. Unfortunately, we didn’t see who they were. You can be sure, gentlemen, we will pay it forward.
AIDA TOFFOLO and HAPPY WALTS Fort Wayne
CHEERS to Colin, a 9-year-old Fort Wayne boy who posted a listing on Craigslist to give his old toys away. What a wonderful gesture for someone of such a tender age to offer to give his toys to a needy family. This young man demonstrates the true meaning of Christmas – I’m sure his parents are very proud. They are raising a selfless, considerate young man.
JULIE SZILAGYI New Haven
CHEERS to the gentleman shopping at Aldi’s. I was checking items out when he stepped up and told the checkout lady, I’ll pay for the lady’s groceries. I quickly replied: Oh, no, I can’t let you do this. He smiled and said: Have a Merry Christmas.
LOUISE ALT Fort Wayne
CHEERS to the young lady with a small child ahead of us in the checkout line at Meijer. When my husband started to pay our bill, the clerk handed him a Christmas card and said that our bill had been paid by the lady ahead of us. What a nice surprise and great Christmas gift to a couple of strangers.
PHYLLIS FRIEDLEY Fort Wayne
JEERS to the St. Joseph Township trustee, who has ripped the heart out of the men and women who have served that township for many years. For the first time my husband will be without a department because of a political power trip. He has served on five different departments in two states and has never been shown the disrespect he was shown recently. Trustee Richard Uhrick would not last a day in the boots of these men and women who have served the community voluntarily for so many years. They have missed time with their family, holidays, kids’ birthday parties, anniversaries, etc., all to serve this community. Uhrick decided that they were not sufficient and would have to re-apply to continue to do what they love. Now we are husbands, wives and families who are left helping their firefighters deal with a loss and an emptiness. My heart breaks for all of these men and women who are now asking themselves whether all the training, time spent and sacrifices were worth it. I hope Uhrick sleeps well at night knowing his decision and need for control have crushed the hearts of these men and women and their families.
JACKIE SYPHERD Fort Wayne