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Parents remain best teacher in children’s young lives

In response to John D. Hannigan’s letter about parents supporting their youth at Wildcat Baseball games (July 17): I totally agree about parents staying at the ballpark. The organization is not meant for babysitting; it is meant to train youth on the rules of baseball and good sportsmanship. Parents learn this by staying and watching, and boy do their children love to see their parents sitting on the bleachers watching them.

My three children were all athletes, beginning with Wildcat Baseball, and I never missed an event all through their years of school. Even though I taught all day, and some evenings took classes for my master’s degree, I was there cheering them on. It was exciting for me to watch my child grow and develop the different skills.

As a teacher of 33 years, I saw a vast difference between students who had parental support with their schoolwork, studying, and coming to visit classrooms or school programs, and those students who had nobody at home helping them (“I’m too busy” or “Not now, I’m too tired”). I always felt bad for the student who had no one to help with homework, practice for a play or come to a school activity. That’s a big loss and it showed on the student’s performance on homework, tests and report cards, and in the way they related to others.

Parents didn’t have those precious children to have someone else take over the job. They belong to you and need your constant support in everything they do. They are your top priority, whether it’s in the classroom or at the ballpark. You are their biggest cheerleaders. Let that be their fondest memory when they are adults, so they remember you with love and gratitude, and will be there for their own children.

Parents are a child’s best teacher. What will you teach your child?

KATHARINE M. SCATENA Fort Wayne

‘Tax welfare’ still unpopular under any changed name

The switch from “tax abatement” to “tax phase-in” mentioned in Dan Stockman’s July 17 story about companies that the Fort Wayne City Council found to have fallen short of their hiring and investment targets is not the result of any change in the state law that encourages these giveaways. The switch is simply the rebranding of a highly unpopular program. Auburn is also among the communities that have resorted to this public relations gimmick. A more truthful label would be “tax welfare.”

MICHAEL WALTER Member, Auburn City Council

One loss has large effect on numerous young futures

It was more than a year ago when a young life was once again removed from our presence. This child, barely 17 years old, was taken from a world that had not known him. He was invisible to us. Or, to those unable to get past the shade of his skin, he was a threat.

How sad we live in a world that can no longer see a future for all of our children. Imagine what this young man could have been. He could have been the researcher who discovered a cure for cancer. He could have been the teacher who inspired our children or grandchildren to dream big. He could have been a responsible husband, father and citizen of our country. He could have even been president.

I am no longer concerned with the man responsible for taking this young man’s future away. The verdict has been issued. That part of the tragedy is over.

I am concerned about what this young man’s death says to children, all children, in this country. If you see someone whose skin is not the same color as yours, you must be fearful. That person, whose skin may be lighter or darker than yours, might kill you.

We grieve not only for Trayvon Martin, his family and friends, but for the many children whose futures are changed forever by his loss.

JOY COHEN Fort Wayne

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