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Letters

Second Amendment makes First Amendment possible

It is glaringly apparent that Frank Gray’s column of April 30 – “With risks, why even carry a gun?” – was based purely on his opinions and not facts based in serious research. His opinions reflect well what the liberal media do with unswerving dedication; spin the facts and repeat the lies to suit their own personal agenda.

If people like Gray would actually do some serious research, they might find an overwhelming number of police officers who support the right to carry a gun as well as encourage it. Gray asks: “Why not go to a nice place where you don’t need a gun?” How about a school? Perhaps a shopping mall? A movie theater?

Recent history is replete with accounts where a gun has not only saved the life of the defender but those of other innocent people. I’d be thrilled to provide such evidence if Gray needs reasons why people want and need to carry a gun.

Too many guns? No business carrying a gun? Perhaps the readers need to stop buying this newspaper due to his not so nice words many do not agree with. I think Gray would be the first to shout, “Hey, you can’t infringe on my First Amendment rights.” The reason we have a First Amendment is because it is defended by those with guns.

PETER HERMAN Fort Wayne

Selfless child hurt by selfish bike thief

This is an open letter to the person who stole my daughter’s mountain bike from our home in Grabill. You have taken something that was dear to her.

She is the child who thinks of others. She sends Christmas cards to the veterans both here and abroad. This was a project she has done for the last two years. This is a project that she decided to do on her own. She has walked for ALS for her cousin’s father. She has donated toys to the NICU and ER departments at the hospital. She donates money she earns from her lemonade stand to various causes, including the Heart Association.

This is a child who thinks of others, while you thought nothing of the pain you caused. This bike was not brand new. It had some wear. Still, it was hers. It brought her joy to be able to ride when the weather was good. Now that is gone.

I don’t know whether you were simply in search of scrap metal or you are simply a heartless person. To remove something from someone’s property without consent is theft, plain and simple. All we ask is for the return of her bike.

ROXANNE BECKER Grabill

EACS board member’s tirade should be censured

At the April 23 special East Allen County Schools board meeting, board member Bill Hartman lashed out in an extremely unprofessional tirade at the new board members. It appears he is extremely upset that they are actually doing the job for which they were elected.

He even went so far as to tell EACS staff members to not respond to a question by any board member. Board members can’t make an assessment of the situation they are expected to correct without first finding answers about current operating procedures. Why would Hartman not want questions answered? His attempt to influence staff to be unresponsive to board members should be censured.

I believe the board should be cognizant of how operations work in order to make informed decisions in their area of responsibility. It is merely being a responsible board member to ask questions. Silence on the part of the staff would be insubordination and an attempt to hide problems brought to the system by the Green administration.

Former superintendent Karyle Green had an extremely undesirable management style. It would greatly benefit our board members to find the areas that need change to inform any new superintendent of any problems he/she might have.

MARCIA GELLER New Haven

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