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About the writer
Dave Bergeron, whose letter appeared Aug. 14, has been selected last month’s Golden Pen Award winner. In the judgment of the editors, he had the most effective letter during August.
Bergeron, 57, is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident who has primarily worked in radio and as a DJ. He has been president of The Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood Association and is a lifelong cyclist and avid reader.
Despite having many opinions opposed to The Journal Gazette’s editorial views, Bergeron has been a lifelong subscriber to the newspaper and hopes Fort Wayne continues to support both its newspapers to ensure robust civic and political debate. He wrote his letter because of a love for the beauty of the Courthouse, how the Courthouse Green’s simplicity has enhanced that beauty and because he says he is a “tree-hugger” who hates to see the unnecessary removal of trees, including for the moving of a statue.
He also paid tribute to his mother, Jan, a teacher who instilled in all of her six children an insistence on proper grammar and use of the English language.
Bergeron received a gold-plated inscribed pen for his efforts. The Golden Pen Award was established to express our appreciation for the contributions our letter writers make to the editorial page.
Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Golden Pen award Dave Bergeron shows off his parakeet, Cricket.

Golden Pen winner: August

Perfect Courthouse Green can only be marred

In an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” a big-shot movie producer came to Mayberry and decided to use the town as a backdrop for his movie. The resulting hysteria in the town climaxed with the decision to cut down the oldest oak tree as an eyesore to make the town seem more appealing. Of course, the producer admonished the people to come to their senses. This is my ardent admonishment to our City Council and our mayor. Please leave Anthony Wayne right where he is.

I remember when an ugly bank building hid the beauty of the Courthouse. I remember being incredulous at the genius of the simplicity of the Courthouse Green that replaced it. And I have watched agog at the foolish debate (waste of time) that has ensued over the useless move of the statue. Please leave the statue where it is. Do not touch one branch on one tree, no matter the decision. The general looks fantastic surrounded by the natural fauna that is another result of the genius of simplicity in the planning of Freimann Park. The fact that folks might have to look a bit to see him is no worse and no more of an indignity than finding David Foster standing in Swinney Park.

Do not spend one dime of our taxpayer money; do not cut a branch of a tree; do not move our statue. Please get on to real business that affects our city. And do not mess with our Courthouse Green. It is perfect the way it is.