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Letters to the editor

Northrop comedy ‘The Producers’ transcends problems with schools

Paula Ulrey recently attended a production of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” at Northrop High School and in her letter, “Production a statement on schools” (May 13), was dismayed over the production, citing its emphasis on the sexuality and immorality of the show and used it as an excuse to explain why public schools are failing.

Mel Brooks once said, “The only way to get even with anybody is to ridicule them. So, the only real way I could get even with Hitler and company was to bring them down with laughter.” Had Ulrey stayed for the second half of the show, she would have seen why this show was written in the first place.

Yes, there are questionable moments in “The Producers,” but they are there for one reason – laughter. Ulrey admits the performance, lead actors, supporting cast, props, music, and direction were all good.

Public schools have had problems long before this production at Northrop came along. They’ll still be there when it’s over and for a long time after that. For two hours or so, the kids at Northrop were putting on a show that took your mind off their troubles, your troubles, anyone’s troubles through song, dance and comedy.


Today’s nurses follow lead set by Florence Nightingale

In observance of the recent National Nurses Week, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the administration, co-workers and patients of Parkview Regional Medical Center, Parkview Hospital Randallia, Parkview Behavioral Health and Parkview Home Health and Hospice to congratulate all Parkview nurses for their compassion, care, professionalism, commitment to quality and dedication to their calling.

It was 169 years ago that Florence Nightingale, against the wishes of her parents, followed what she believed to be the leading of God and became a nurse.

In the spirit of Florence Nightingale, our Parkview nurses provide excellent care to every patient every day in a variety of roles and settings.

SUE EHINGER President Parkview Hospital and Affiliates

Bicycle riding steadily becoming driving force for ‘most livable city’

Spring is just not a time for renewal, but is also a time to try new things and new ideas. May brings the awareness of national Bike Month.

Fort Wayne has embraced this acknowledgement with a vigor that builds each year. This was not always so. I recall a time in the not too distant past when bicyclists were encouraged (and sometimes coerced) to ride on sidewalks. This mentality was slowly changed by a dedicated group of cycling enthusiasts and activists.

A few years ago, an influential book was written about this trend. “Rise of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida highlighted the wants of newer generations to live in a diverse community – dubbed “most livable.”

Our cycling community is on the cusp of change to a commonplace acceptance for a healthy metropolitan Fort Wayne. To further this cycling synergy, a new advocacy group, Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne, seeks to identify the next steps that will encourage more citizens to enjoy the benefits of cycling tied to a most livable city.

I encourage all to visit and support the efforts to advance cycling and connect Fort Wayne with the phrase, “Most Livable City”. There will be many opportunities in the future to weigh in and contribute.

PATRICK STELTE President Three Rivers Velo Sport Inc.

Cracks in Aboite streets provide fertile ground for growing flowers

The cracks in my street have grass growing in them again.

If Mayor Tom Henry has the money to beautify the downtown streets, then I ask him to plant flowers in the cracks in my street. The street department tells me that there’s no money scheduled to fix Aboite area community streets, at least not my street.

When Fort Wayne annexed our township area, they brought nothing to the table to benefit us and apparently still don’t. It’s been more than six years now, and all I have is grass growing in large cracks in my street but no flowers.

SAM CONTE Fort Wayne