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  • Letters
    Gerardot has shownempathy for everyone As a Christian clergy member in Fort Wayne, I have met with local and state legislators to talk about a variety of issues that affect our community.
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    Gerardot has shownempathy for everyoneAs a Christian clergy member in Fort Wayne, I have met with local and state legislators to talk about a variety of issues that affect our community.
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Letters to the editor

War keeps our nation great

We have the right to have freedom, correct? Some people would go to extreme measures to keep our free. How far would you go to protect your rights?

We all understand that terrorism is bad. There are a few ways to get rid of terrorists, such as finding and killing them, to sometimes starting a war on their country. Wars can help keep us safe but they can also cause damage.

We all deserve freedom, even other countries. Sometimes we start a war to help get a country freedom. We also start wars to keep and protect our freedom. As far as I’m concerned, wars can be completely necessary when protecting our freedom.

Although wars can cause a lot of collateral damage, they are a part of life. People die every day from wars. These loved ones’ lost lives have helped shape America to be the great country that it is today.

Even though wars cause damage, I find them necessary to keep our freedom. We also need them to protect our people. Wars are needed to keep our country great.


Background checks sensible safeguard

It is tempting to dismiss gun violence as something that happens in big cities or blame it on mental illness. However, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center, Indiana is one of 10 states whose death toll from gunshots has exceeded that from car accidents. In 2009, deaths from gunshots outpaced deaths from car accidents in Indiana by 735 to 715. Furthermore, while deaths from car accidents have declined in the last 10 years, firearm deaths have risen slightly. Clearly, as a society we need some changes.

People say it is not fair to blame the guns, and that may be true. But no one would hand a rope to a friend or family member that they believed was considering suicide. So why do we make it easy for convicted felons, domestic abusers and those known to be potentially dangerous to themselves or others to buy a gun with no questions asked? How is that protecting our children? Universal background checks are a common-sense step we can take to prevent potentially dangerous people from accessing guns.


Bluffton Road work sound investment

We plan to spend $3 million for changes to Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue, where traffic flows just fine as is; $700,000 to beautify overpasses; $700,000 for two studies; $500,000 for interchange beautification. Before we spend all that money on cosmetics, don’t you think we should have some basic infrastructure for people’s safety?

Here on Bluffton Road (one of the city’s oldest arteries), we just need some basic sidewalks. Every day I see people trying to navigate this dangerous stretch of road – on foot, bicycles, a man on a power chair has no choice but to get out onto the road and take his chances with the high-speed traffic. All we need are a few connections that will keep pedestrians and the like from choosing between trudging through the mud or risking their lives in the road. The bridge across the ditch at Winchester Road has a nice sidewalk on it, but it leads only to a mud path.

I invite the mayor to come out here and walk this stretch on a regular basis to see what we have to encounter every day.


SB 373 one piece of wider effort

I thank The Journal Gazette for the editorial “Loosened gag still too tight” (March 1) about the “anti-whistleblower” Senate Bill 373.

Criminalizing photographing/videotaping of activity in industrial operations is a blatant attempt to avoid exposure of the brutality of factory farming. It is a red flag for the need for more, not less, vigilance.

Unfortunately, SB373 is just one of many Hoosier “ag-gag/CAFO/right to farm (without restriction)” bills. HB1582 limits “nuisance” lawsuits, exempting liability if “economic viability” is threatened. SB391 calls for a registry of “crimes against agriculture.” SB571 makes it illegal for counties to regulate existing CAFOS/CFOs.

The complexity of these initiatives masks awareness that our leaders are making decisions that threaten not only the freedom of press/speech but property rights, earth/animal welfare and quality of food – only corporate profit is protected.

SB373 must not be allowed to mask HJR5/SJR21, which would amend the state constitution to elevate BigAg’s cruel, inefficient, unsustainable, destructive “common farming practices” to fundamental-right status and make it illegal for any county to ban construction of new CAFOs.

Why is it that we, the people, have to beg our elected officials to protect our welfare, the animals and the earth over corporate profit?