Help preserve vetsí remembrances
Hoosiers have a long and proud history of serving our nation in times of war, and it is vitally important that we learn from the experiences of veterans. That is why I am proud to support the Veterans History Project through the Library of Congress. This is a wonderful opportunity for family members of veterans, fellow veterans or young people to interview a veteran of World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, or Persian Gulf wars, or the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These histories are compiled through audio- or video-recorded interviews, in addition to gathering original correspondence, photographs and diaries. I have interviewed several Indiana veterans for this project in the past. I can attest that it is a very rewarding experience to hear firsthand the tales of bravery and challenges faced while serving our country.
I encourage all Hoosier veterans to share their stories for this important archive. For more information on how to submit your story or to learn about how to interview a veteran in your community, visit www.loc.gov/vets or call my office at 317-226-5555.
It is an honor to serve the thousands of veterans and all Hoosiers in the U.S. Senate.
SEN. JOE DONNELLY Washington, D.C.
Stutzmanís shortcomings evident
It is amazing to follow the career of Marlin Stutzman. Not only does he value corporate profits and National Rifle Association support over the effect of a proliferation of weapons, he even tells gun manufacturer Beretta that Indiana offers a low-cost strategic location for them and the Hoosier workforce is well equipped to meet your needs. So now Stutzman can also offer lots more low-wage jobs and help increase the proliferation of guns in Indiana at the same time. He is also brazen enough to author a bill to force other states to recognize his (Indiana) right to carry a concealed weapon into their state. It is time for Stutzman to go back to the farm where he can be comfortable with his farm subsidy (an entitlement program for farmers) and enjoy his guns on his own property.
MARYJANE COURSEN Fort Wayne
Thanks to NRA, we can all play God
The menacing National Rifle Association must be jumping for joy. Why? Because reports say that, in months past, there’s been a huge increase in gun purchases in the U.S. It seems everyone will be armed and ready. But ready for what? To kill or maim another human being. Anyone we might consider a threat. With just the slight squeeze of a trigger, now we all can make a name for ourselves. At last we too can be like God.
THOMAS E. SAGENDORF Hamilton
Local markets set for spring
In response to Nicole Jaubert-Lebamoff’s letter about satellite markets (March 10): They existed long before the new downtown market. How it grew so quickly and got so much free publicity is a mystery to all of us involved in other markets. The rates and regulations are going to force some vendors out. However, Southside Market on Warsaw Street opens for the 87th year on March 30, and the West Main market will be opening in May, as will a new spring market at Salomon Farms.
Please continue to support these markets and the local vendors.
NANCY PARKER Fort Wayne
Story disrespected grieving family
I am the chaplain for the funeral service for Jack Lee. I am quite aware of his offenses over the years, something I know is embarrassing at times to the family. Yet, as long as I have known Lee and his family, the man had a heart of gold and would have done anything for a neighbor, family or friend.
There is no excuse for breaking the law and I get this. What I don’t get is the need to publish such a hateful article (Longtime Outlaw’ Lee, 83, dies, March 6) across from his obituary and on the day he was to be celebrated as a life lived – good, bad or ugly. Death is the worst time of people’s lives, and to have no regard for those grieving...
To The Journal Gazette Lee was an Outlaw. Yet to many he was a father, a grandfather, great-grandfather, husband and friend. Perhaps there is a time to let a story go – or to publish on a different page or on a different day.
Yet there is never a time to publish to hurt when there is more to the story than what was written. I wish you could have been at the service to witness all the lives he touched, helped and cared for in more ways than one could imagine.
I am in sadness of your inability to be sensitive at this time.
PATRICIA HOLBERT Fort Wayne