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Nebraska neighborhood rallies around library

In response to the Frank Gray column on Aug. 20, “Not even a free library sheltered from vandals”: I believe the piece unfairly characterizes the Nebraska neighborhood and West Main Street as an area rife with vandals and unappreciative of the goodwill and generosity of the University of Saint Francis and their “little free library” located near the Nebraska Elementary School. The misguided actions of one or two vandals does not represent our neighborhood as a whole but serves as a reminder that vandalism occurs in every neighborhood within our community.

The Nebraska neighborhood and West Main Street are rich with Fort Wayne history – historic homes, businesses, parks and places along with up-and-coming restaurants, retail shops, bars and even a weekly farmer’s market. The residents and business owners of the Nebraska neighborhood are proud of their neighborhood, and unfortunate incidents of this nature are the exception, not the rule.

Thanks to the commitment from a lifelong Nebraska neighborhood resident, our little free library has been picked up and is being repaired and made ready for more books so that everyone in the Nebraska neighborhood can once again enjoy and benefit from it.

CHRIS SHATTO President, Nebraska Neighborhood Association

Charges belie Parkview slogan

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only frustrated person when it comes to dealing with the financial side of Parkview Hospital services. Beautiful new buildings, doctors, nurses, attendants all attentive. But no one has been able to tell me why a procedure that was less than two hours with only one practitioner cost me $1,325. You read that correctly. That’s more than $650 an hour. The hospital advocate was unable to give me any information that shed any light on this.

The home page says, “Not for Profit, All for You.” I find this hard to believe.

SUE WILHELM Huntington

Neighborhood tree need not be AEP victim

A sugar maple in our front yard reaches a majestic 75 feet or more into the air. Its foliage cools our home and houses birds and squirrels and cleans the air. Because we appreciate all it does, we have trimmed and wired its spreading branches over the years. It was here long before we moved in 20 years ago, so it has shaded and sheltered many. But because electric wires run nearby, it is in danger.

One limb clearly could damage a line and must come down. The knowledgeable and kind AEP tree expert told us his boss thinks a branch well below the lines would be an inconvenience if the line were to come down on it so they are planning on taking out two major branches, which will stress the tree. The old sugar maple may die, leaving our home baking in the summer sun. Fort Wayne has recently lost so many trees to storms and disease, and now our neighborhood may lose one of its most beautiful trees to convenience.

One of the branches is about 15 feet below the power line. The rationale for removing this limb is that the lines could fall onto it. A line could fall onto several houses, too, but AEP has yet to suggest we tear them down. We know many have mourned the loss of their trees, and we certainly are not prepared to do without electricity from those lines, but we wish AEP would balance the slight possibility of inconvenience with the needs of people, wildlife and a great old tree in a shared planet.