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Freimann Square money better spent elsewhere

So the argument over what to do about the Anthony Wayne statue has been solved. The Courthouse Preservation Trust gets to keep the Courthouse Green in its present state, and all they have to do is contribute $100,000 toward improving the setting in Freimann Square where the statue now stands. Problem solved.

I’m not buying it. I like the statue just the way it is.

I have no problem with the trust wanting to keep the Green as it sees fit. The Trust expended a lot of effort, time and money and has made a wonderful improvement to the cityscape. But I don’t understand why they are willing to sell out me and others like me who enjoy Freimann Square as it is just to get what they want for themselves.

In 1999 Freimann Square was one of 362 sites nationwide to be awarded The Centennial Medallion by the American Society of Landscape Architects. This once-in-a-century award recognized Freimann Square as an outstanding example of landscape architecture. If the so-called improvements take place, will the medallion be pried from its pedestal and thrown in the trash? Why fix something that’s not broken?

If someone has the desire to care for a sculpture in Fort Wayne, one that is truly unique to our city, The Old Aqueduct Club Memorial at the corner of West Main and Rockhill is in dire need of tuck pointing. That’s an improvement I could get behind.

WILLIAM WENDLING Fort Wayne

‘Moonshine’ co-opted by Madison Avenue

About moonshine (“Moonshine rises,” Aug. 14): My father was born and raised in East Tennessee. I lived in East Tennessee from seventh grade until past the age of 30. I can tell you that, by definition, moonshine whiskey is made illegally and sold illegally.

This is another example of Madison Avenue ruining a perfectly good word. Surely no self-respecting redneck will buy the stuff.

RICHARD W. COOK Fort Wayne

Add ‘Lincoln’ to list of liberals’ misdeeds

I watched the movie “Lincoln” the other day and saw some revealing traits that have not been portrayed before in Lincoln movies. The backroom arm-twisting was new to me and made me think we have not changed a bit in the last 150 years. I think that liberals should look at this movie because the next revealing thing was that the Democrats fought the “emancipation amendment” tooth and nail, calling the Republicans abolitionist.

I saw an interview about how authentic they wanted to make this movie, and I thought that this authenticity is why the movie never got the awards it deserved. The liberals in California didn’t like that the Democrats fought this amendment tooth and nail.

Who drafted the amendment and who got it through?

Why are the liberals so hypocritical? I even read today that the mortgage fraud announced by the Democrats just before the election last year was grossly inflated. Obamacare is falling apart and only going to hurt the people it intended to help because the unions and big businesses have an extension but not us.

Why are they believed about anything?

GARY SCHIERLING Grabill

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