Coats, GOP impeding public will
Our senior senator, Dan Coats, makes the national news twice in recent weeks, and my embarrassment at being represented by such a tea party radical only increases.
The first mention related to Coats joining a dozen or so other Senate luminaries and promising a filibuster to prevent a vote on a gun bill since, according to Coats, he must protect the Second Amendment. Apparently that loyalty is only limited to that amendment since the second recent mention of Coats concerns his statements about waiting longer than several days to read the Boston bombing suspect his Miranda rights. The senator must not be as protective of the Fifth and Sixth amendments.
The country keeps being hurt by Coats and the other dangerous Republican radicals who are only interested in their own narrow vision of America and stop at nothing to obstruct any progress. While we cannot get rid of Coats until 2016, we can change our government in 2014 by removing the Republicans from control of the House. We must vote against all Republicans until that party demonstrates that it understands what we want and throws off its control by a small group of conservative money interests.
DAVID KOLHOFF Fort Wayne
Lunch plan teaches self-respect
Why did The Journal Gazette put Ray Canterbury in the losers section (Weekly scorecard, April 27)? He wants to require students who receive free lunches to pick up cafeteria trash or other things. This will teach them self-respect and that you should not get something for nothing.
The Journal Gazette’s liberal attitude is ruining this country. We need less dependence on the government and more self-esteem in reaching goals.
People need pride, not handouts, and this requirement is a small way for the children to learn.
WILLIAM R. TROEHLER Fort Wayne
Gun carriers know heavy burden
Frank Gray has the First Amendment protecting his right to speak about a subject he obviously knows little about (With risks, why even carry a gun?, April 30). His research and opinion was from three people who informed him they had a gun. Most people who carry a gun don’t advertise it.
I am around the great city of Fort Wayne every day with my handgun, and no one even knows it is there. I carry a gun because I believe it is my right to protect myself and other citizens of our community. I am not a vigilante looking for a fight and prefer avoiding trouble at all costs.
Gray is using a bad example to form his opinion. I suggest Gray actually meet some everyday people who carry a gun and who take on the great responsibility. These people have made a commitment to prepare, train and keep safe themselves and this community.
If Gray is going to keep writing, he should at least spend some time researching what he is writing about. He can have an opinion and he can speak it. But ignorance of the facts is not writing, and since he works for The Journal Gazette, it is his responsibility to speak the facts not just ignorant gibberish.
LARRY FRANCIS Fort Wayne
Production a statement on schools
We were a little shocked when we attended Northrop High School’s play, The Producers, a Mel Brooks musical.
Director Tim Miller started by thanking a number of people. Principal Barbara Ahlersmeyer won thanks for approving the show, which Miller admitted was a little edgy, with plenty for everyone to object to.
The things I objected to included the sexual emphasis of the play and the students’ participation in this emphasis. I also objected to the frequent use of God’s name in vain. Then there was the general immorality depicted.
Yet, the performance was well done. The lead actors were great; the supporting cast good. The props were good. The music was good. I am sure that the director did a fine piece of work, and I don’t doubt his talent.
We left at intermission, saddened over what is being taught in the performing arts in Fort Wayne Community Schools.
And although the audience responded with hilarity, and the kids seemed absolutely sold on what they were performing, it spoke to me about why our tax dollars are now supporting religious and charter schools. Perhaps the public schools should consider that they are doing it to themselves.
PAULA ULREY Fort Wayne