Home fireworks frenzy of benefit to no one
Having tried to sleep for the past hour, my sympathetic nervous system on high alert for the next incoming bomb, I begin to wonder: Who benefits from home fireworks? (I am not talking about the city-sponsored events that people enjoy at the IPFW venue.) I am talking about the major explosions that permeate my neighborhood.
Who benefits from this?
Certainly not productive workers who have to get up at 5:30 a.m. to go to work.
Certainly not veterans suffering from PTSD dealing with explosives going off at random times from random homes.
Certainly not animals who run scared from their homes, only to end up in the middle of roads in the country.
Certainly not the police who have to go to homes to tell drunken revelers to stop the pyrotechnics.
Why did our legislators endorse this? How did it benefit them?
We have our state legislators to thank for this onslaught of noise.
Thank them for lost sleep, lost pets and lost quiet. Thank them for nothing that benefits the commonweal.
KATHI WEISS Fort Wayne
Disability-rights treaty embodies U.S. values
I was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2012. It should have been an amazing day to celebrate a ratification that embodied the leadership of American values: individual rights, freedom, equality and access into the world. But that is not how the day turned out.
Instead, the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Nearly 40 Republican senators, including our own Dan Coats, voted against ratification. CRPD seeks to ensure that people with disabilities around the world have the same rights as everyone else. It affirms the values of dignity, empowerment, economic self-sufficiency, self-determination and non-discrimination – all values Americans hold dear. Furthermore, it seeks to ensure that all Americans, including our veterans with disabilities, enjoy the same rights outside the U.S. that they do here at home.
The treaty failed based on fear and misinformation. U.S. sovereignty was never in jeopardy. No changes to U.S. law would be required by ratification because our domestic laws – upon which the treaty’s recommendations are modeled – are so strong.
CRPD is being reintroduced. It is time for Hoosiers to encourage Coats and Sen. Joe Donnelly to support its passage. American leadership is still a powerful and much-needed force for good in the world.
RYLIN RODGERS Training director Family leadership coordinator Riley Child Development Center Indianapolis
Teen sets record straight on Gettysburg’s toll
When I read in your editorial (Words to live by, July 4) that 51,000 soldiers died during the Battle of Gettysburg, my 18-year-old daughter was sitting at the breakfast table with me. She is an expert on our Civil War, so I asked her whether that figure was correct. She said no, there were a total of 7,655 deaths. She explained that being a casualty of war includes being wounded and missing.
I hope that there are many others of her age that have an understanding of the price that has been paid for their country’s survival.
LARRY WHEELER Spencerville