Ash building benefits will be boon downtown
After hearing/seeing complaints about the Ash Brokerage news, I am convinced that many in Fort Wayne dont actually want anything good to happen; they just like to complain relentlessly.
This development is going to bring jobs and money downtown, equaling stuff to do (which Ive heard a lot of people complaining about for years). This is one step in keeping your kids from skipping town when they graduate high school.
And for the naysayers who are complaining that we arent utilizing old empty buildings, just look around. Saint Francis bought the Scottish Rite building and old Chamber building to rehab. Arts United recently put several arts organizations into the Fourth Wave building. The Anthony Wayne building is getting a huge facelift. And more. All this in the past few years.
Im sure Cindys Diner is getting a chunk of change to move locations. Maybe it will move to an even better location.
And I will be the first one to give a cheer when that park on the corner by the old abortion clinic goes. It is uncomfortable even walking down that street with all the creepers. The huge empty parking lot does have some charm, though.
REBECCA STOCKERT Fort Wayne
Perhaps Stutzmans can subsidize family meals
Marlin Stutzman and his lovely wife, Christy, have decided to open their hearts and home and feed Indianas hungry children with their yearly farm subsidy. So gather up the hungry children in your neighborhood and hurry on over to their lovely home in Howe. Dont bother to phone ahead, just show up: for breakfast, 7-9 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; or dinner, 5-7 p.m.
Just a thought.
DIANE GROENERT Fort Wayne
Burma refugee grateful for rights of citizenship
I am the subject of the documentary film Burma Soldier. I arrived in the USA on June 24, 2008, as a political refugee at age 45.
I have been a victim of civil war, of land mines, of human rights abuse and of crimes against humanity, as well as a refugee and political prisoner. As a solider, I was sent to front line many times to fight against ethnic armed resistance groups. I was wounded in the worlds longest civil war and discharged from the army.
Then I demanded, and am still demanding, that the military regime stop civil war and solve political issues in political ways and create meaningful dialogue with all ethnic groups to establish Burma as a democratic society.
I was in various prisons for 15 years and was tortured as a political prisoner. All of my important documents, including my citizen registration card ,were seized and never given back to me.
Finally, I made up my mind to enter into a refugee camp in Thailand. After three years as a country-less person, I got the great opportunity to resettle peacefully for the rest of my life in a free and open society, the United States of America.
Sept. 20 was an unforgettable day in my life. On that day I took the naturalization oath as a new citizen.
Now I am guaranteed the right to live and die as the citizen of a country. Though I am 50 years old, I have never had the opportunity to elect the people who govern the country and its people. I am excited and anxious to finally know what it is to vote.
MYO MYINT Fort Wayne