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Many unknowns remain in downtown project

While I think it’s great that Ash Brokerage, Hanning & Bean Enterprises and the City of Fort Wayne have collaborated to bring new development to an area of downtown largely dominated by a surface parking lot, I can think of several questions that should be asked.

The project is located within the boundaries of the West Central Neighborhood Association, and the WCNA has a Community Development Area Plan in place that is part of the city Comprehensive Plan. Was the WCNA consulted? Was the CDAP considered?

Also, the houses on Webster Street are within the boundaries of a National Register of Historic Places district. What is the fate of the houses and the three historic commercial buildings in the project area (not including Cindy’s Diner)? If they are to be demolished, was there any attempt to incorporate them into the project design?

The available renderings do not show street names or orientation; only two-and-a-half sides of the project are visible. What will the other one-and-a-half sides look like?

It’s hard to get excited about a project when there are too many unknowns that have not been presented to the public.

JILL D. DOWNS Fort Wayne

House votes show whom they care about most

When are these tea party clowns going to stop wasting their time and our money? They continue to try to stop Obamacare. They claim it’s because it’s not going to work.

That’s not the reason. They’re afraid it will work and they can’t stand the thought of something Barack Obama did working. They work less than half a year and have government insurance, but I don’t see them voting to cut this back. How many people can work half a year and get paid for a year’s work.

They claim they want to cut the deficit, but all they do is continually waste time trying to stop Obamacare instead of working on ways to get people back to work. Insurance companies are unhappy they have to pay more out in claims and cover people for pre-existing conditions. All this time insurance companies weren’t required to pay out as much as a gambling casino and could turn people down for pre-existing conditions.

The House just voted to cut food stamps but nothing to cut the welfare payment to large corporations. They prove again whom they really work for.


Gun-control letter is fuzzy on facts

Gloria Dance’s letter (“Latest attack shows folly of arming schoolteachers,” Sept. 25) seems to get at least a few things wrong that I hope to clear up.

The gunman Aaron Alexis did not actually kill armed military personnel; he killed civilians and contractors. Many of these people seem to have never served, and federal law prohibited them from being armed on the installation.

If you are a victim of gun violence, then you should know that there is no guaranteed safety period; bad things can always happen.

Finally, the Second Amendment reaffirms a natural right; it does not grant a right. And would it hurt to better define the ambiguous buzzword “sensible” when talking about gun control?