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Leadership skills make Shine an obvious choice

Steve Shine will be running again Saturday, along with the rest of us who wish to lend our assistance in every way possible to Indiana Republicans.

I’ve known Shine for more than 10 years now and find him to be an outstanding political leader. He is willing and very able to inspire his Allen County colleagues to get involved, which is probably the most difficult job a county chairman has in our free society with much so much apathy and inappropriate behavior in politics. I also make a clear distinction between a manager and a leader, who in my opinion is one who inspires his people to follow his/her lead. This is the sort of gentleman Shine is.

Are there differences within the party? Of course. This is not new or important. What is important is how those differences are dealt with, and Shine is very effective in this regard. He has the integrity and professionalism to lead – and that is exactly what Allen County Republicans need in what has been identified as the hardest job in politics, i.e., county chairman.

This is an unsolicited endorsement by a colleague of Shine who is also proud to call him a friend.


Stith’s influence grows with the years

I am absolutely outraged by the Black History Museum board’s decision to lock out Hannah Stith.

I am an associate professor of criminal justice at Boise State University (I serve as chairman, in fact). I was a student of Stith’s in fourth grade at South Wayne Elementary School in 1982-83. She demanded a lot of us – she expected nothing less than greatness.

She was hard. She was demanding. But I learned so much from her, much more than long division, spelling and writing. I truly learned the art of humility and hard work. In fact, I use her as an example practically every time I advise a student who is thinking about going to law school.

So, to the board of directors and Pompia Durril, shame on you! Students benefit from Stith’s work. Whatever quibble you have, stop it! Unbeknownst to you, Stith sent this successful scholar on a course. Any further delay of exposure to Stith significantly alters someone else’s course. I don’t know the situation, and there are always two sides of the story; but it is obvious that Stith is student-centered to this day. Shame on you!

JEREMY D. BALL Boise, Idaho

Straightening of State won’t boost truck traffic

I was born in Pfeiffer Addition (West State Boulevard and Wells, Spring and Sherman streets) in 1940. When I went to North Side High School, I never went down State; it took another five or six minutes to negotiate the longer distance and was dangerous.

In the mid-1960s, my brother would take his motorbike and pick up his best friend at Courtland Avenue and West State Boulevard. One morning he was struck on the curves. He had lacerations, but his best friend was killed. They even had to put a mirror at Westbrook Drive so you could see what was coming.

I have six friends who live on West State, Eastbrook Drive and Oakridge Road, and they all want the street to be straightened. In my 25 years in public safety, I saw many accidents along this stretch of State.

I don’t know who these people are who think it will become a truck route. No sane truck driver would leave Dana and go east to Coliseum. All those streets are already posted with no truck signs. I graduated with a city councilman who lived there and I’m sure he’s for the new idea, especially raising the bridge.

ED KELLER Fort Wayne