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Latest attack shows folly of arming schoolteachers

On Sept.16, a heavily armed, unstable individual entered a military installation and killed multiple victims. That individual managed to kill armed military personnel trained in defense under assault. How does any reasonable citizen believe that a teacher, armed with a handgun and limited training, can stop an intruder in a school?

As a parent and grandparent, I worry about the safety of those I love. As a victim of gun violence, I know there is no guarantee that owning a weapon will keep you safe. As a citizen, I hope we all consider how frequently violence visits our fellow Americans.

As a former social studies teacher, I respect the Constitution. I also know it can be amended. Further, I believe that our greatest rights are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” When thousands of Americans die every year, how do we honor their lives? We have no liberty if we live in fear of mass assaults. And those who have lost family members will spend the rest of their lives in pursuit of happiness after horrible losses.

We don’t need a call to arms. We need a call to action. We need sensible changes.


Resource allocation betrays York’s agenda

I just finished reading about how the Fort Wayne Police Department is beefing up patrols in the downtown area (Sept. 19). I have only one question about this.

Why, when most of our murders and assaults are happening in the south and north sides of the city, are we committing more resources to an area that has no such problem? Day in and day out I read articles about this murder on the south side and this assault on the north side, and Chief Rusty York’s response is to task more of his scarce resources to an area that doesn’t need it.

I guess this is York’s way of setting himself up for another interview where he once again advances his private agenda of denying me of my Second Amendment rights.


Don’t forget downtown as a cultural magnet

The editorial “Word’s out: We’re a city on rebound” (Sept. 15) celebrates our city’s outstanding efforts to revive the city center and beyond. It rightly noted our successful gamble on Parkview Field, the work on the Harrison, the Courtyard by Marriott, the renovation of the Anthony Wayne and 821 S. Calhoun St. buildings and other downtown sites. All of this is worth noting.

As I was reading this list, however, I found myself wondering why no mention was made of the equally vital role our city’s robust cultural activities play in attracting economic growth to the city center. People don’t only come downtown to go to work. They come to our historic Embassy Theater for concerts by our superb philharmonic orchestra and chorus and other programs. They visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Orchard Gallery of Fine Arts, the Civic Theater, the Cinema Center and the Arts United Center, to name but a few of our numerous performing arts venues.

If the building construction and renovations cited are like the lungs of our regional economic revival, our cultural life is at its heart. We enjoy a broad spectrum of cultural activities many larger cities might envy. Let’s remember to celebrate that, too.