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Join One Billion Rising in support of victims

On Thursday, which is also Valentine’s Day, an event is taking place at Parkview Field beginning at noon. (There will be free parking across the street from the main entrance on West Brackenridge Street.) It is part of an international effort to bring awareness to the masses concerning the violence perpetrated against women throughout the world.

The event is called One Billion Rising, and it brings everyone around the world together, using the common language of dance, as a voice to strike out against violence toward women. Lots of participants will dance, but many will come to just show support of the event.

While we sympathize with those of other countries, we are more concerned about our city, county and the communities within. Our worry is about domestic violence, rape and bullying, which occur to our women, girls, men and boys. If we keep them in the forefront, we have a chance to reduce them considerably.

Several years ago, if you had breast cancer, you were looked down upon or even shunned. Once it was brought to the forefront and talked about, money and support began to flow in. Now survivors wear their triumph over cancer as a badge of courage in support of other breast cancer patients.

Domestic violence, rape and bullying could be the next cancers to be removed from our society. Don’t let them ever fade back into the shadows again.

Join us at noon Thursday. No need to dance, just be there.


Act to make Fort Wayne next ‘no drone zone’

Drones have been used for years to track and kill suspected terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. They have killed innocent men, women and children in these countries as well. Now they are coming home.

Manufacturers are champing at the bit to get local police and governments to purchase them. Estimates are that there will be 30,000 deployed domestically by 2020, by both commercial and government entities around the country, thanks to recent FAA rulings.

These drones carry equipment that can conduct highly sophisticated and almost constant surveillance, including video cameras, infrared cameras and heat sensors, and radar. They range from the size of conventional aircraft to as small as a hummingbird.

Chilling to think that Big Brother is watching us 24 hours a day. It’s an act that is bringing conservatives and liberals together in Congress and in state governments to put an end to it.

A number of cities are already working on legislation to create “no drone zones.” Some of these include Buffalo; Charlottesville, Va.; Berkeley, Calif.; Iowa City, Iowa; Portland, Ore.; and even the State of Florida.

If you value your privacy and don’t believe that corporations, working with local police departments, have the right to spy on you, then contact the mayor and City Council, as well as your members of Congress, and tell them to enact “no drone zone” legislation before these manufacturers make their pitches to sell them. And they will.


A new way for Congress to duck serious issues

Has another one of our national heroes fallen into disgrace? Has Punxsutawney Phil been juicing?

One of our local weather forecasters was doing a report on our very own groundhog – Metea Marvin – and his ability to predict an early spring. When Punxsutawney Phil’s handlers got wind of this, they called Metea Marvin an impostor! When they were questioned as to whether Punxsutawney Phil was “the original,” they assured us he was the one. When questioned about his longevity, they admitted that Phil drank a magic juice that extended his life. What’s going on at Gobbler’s Knob? Is this “juice” a banned substance?

Should Phil be stripped of all his glory, fame and fortune? Should he be removed from weather predicting and banned in disgrace for life?

Maybe Congress will form a committee to investigate as they have many of our “heroes.” That way, they can avoid addressing less pressing issues like debt ceilings, the farm bill, national security, etc. That seems to be their norm.