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Sense of community waning

There is really something wrong with this nation. Too many people believe that when a business makes a choice resulting from a recently passed law that hurts its employees, it’s the government’s fault. Whatever happened to people and companies doing the right thing? Why is it acceptable for a company to “hurt” its associates to make more money for the company?

There used to be a time in this great nation when companies were run by men good at heart. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wage possible.” Unfortunately, we now live in an era run by people who believe Ambrose Bierce’s quote: “Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.” I understand that the government passes laws that are unpopular, fail to deliver and affect citizens in ways that were not intended. The government is made up of humans. Humans are flawed. When the government makes laws that affect the American people, the American people have to do their best to help one another through it.

It does not matter what I believe about “Obamacare.” What matters is that I believe that people should do what is in the best interest of others. There will always be an argument for how doing the wrong thing will help others. It is my hope that people will someday soon start arguing about how to do the most to benefit one another.


Gun plans target wrong people

So Craig Bartscht (“Framework for reasonable debate,” Jan. 24) thinks the critical talking points on the gun debate are gun safety, background checks and proper training. Think about this: How many people do you personally know who have ever shot another person?

What you’re trying to do is like making the highway workers register and go to class to make driving safer for the average person. You’re targeting the wrong people. Bad guys don’t lock up their guns, register their arms or take training on how to use them.

JOHN R. BANET Fort Wayne

District’s proposal seems rash

I am a 1986 graduate of Central Noble High School. Until 2011, I had children who attended Central Noble Community Schools. I own handguns and have a concealed-carry permit. I believe society needs some form of gun control. I believe in putting solid thought into solid policy, which leads me to question the idea and the motives of Central Noble considering arming teachers.

Have there been any student or parent surveys regarding the need? I would think the first question should be, “Do the parents/students feel the school is unsafe to the point that it is distracting students from their schoolwork?” This is an important question. I feel unsafe at my workplace and definitely feel any given day an employee or customer could lose it and go on a spree. Would I feel safer if there were guns at work? Absolutely not.

Is security currently insufficient? If Central Noble schools can’t depend on local law enforcement, maybe the community has even larger issues that need addressed.

One of my first employers was an old-school guy who ran a service station. He had dealt with people every day for more than 40 years. He always told me, “People would treat each other much better if we all carried guns on our hips.” And, being a young kid right out of Central Noble High School, I always thought, “Maybe, but who would want to live in a world like that?”


If any statue should go …

I agree with the opinions and letters that the Gen. Anthony Wayne statue should stay in Freimann Square.

If any statue should be removed, look at the “crossing” sculpture(?) in front of the art museum.

I appreciate modern sculpture; however, I find the crossing to be an eyesore.