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Economy has no luxury of a reset button

Without intending to, we have become a people for whom few things are real.

We are separated from reality by glass TV screens. Video games let an inexperienced teenager simulate killing dozens of fantasy villains. When he gets bored, he hits the reset button and enjoys dinner.

A few video gamers learn all there is to know about killing masses of people and then do it for real. Their reset button is either killing themselves or letting themselves get killed. So, why not “go for it?”

Now we wonder whether the effects of a national debt default would be real. The sequester’s effects don’t seem so bad (even though they are), and the government shutdown doesn’t seem real for most of us (even though it is).

We are now conditioned to believe that not even a national debt default would really hurt.

It would. And there is no such thing as a reset button for the economy.

JOHN D. HINES Fort Wayne

Mideast discussion was by a true Israeli patriot

I heard the Sept. 19 lecture by Miko Peled so was stunned by the Oct. 6 letter on the “hate-filled talk on Mideast peace.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Peled spoke as an insightful, passionate defender of Israel.

Peled is the third generation of faithful Israeli patriots. His grandfather migrated to Palestine in 1923 to help build a Jewish state and was one of the signers of Israel’s declaration of independence. Peled’s father was a battle-tested officer in Israel’s War of Independence, serving as chief of logistics. Upon retiring, he served as a member of the Israeli parliament.

When he was 18 Miko Peled volunteered for the Israeli military and served in the special forces until he left following an injury. He, like his father, began to realize the gap between the high ideals of Zionism and the brutality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Peled’s book “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” describes his, and his father’s, journey and is a must-read for those seeking a better understanding of the unfolding history of Israel and its neighbors.

On Oct. 5 the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace brought Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to Fort Wayne for a moving concert-lecture. A self-described Jewish patriot, Yarrow praised the ICMEP for its outstanding decade-long contribution to understanding and peacemaking in the Mideast. Working for peace and justice around the world, Yarrow sponsors Operation Respect. I encourage readers to log onto its website,

May we all redouble our efforts to achieve peace and understanding.

DAVID WAAS North Manchester

Progressive, anti-gun agenda is getting people killed

Clearly, The Journal Gazette has no journalistic integrity.

The letter from Gloria Dance (“Latest attack shows folly of arming schoolteachers,” Sept. 25) was so patently false that anyone with a little bit of integrity left would have known the letter was full of typical progressive propaganda.

An overwhelming majority of Americans know that an armed citizen is extremely unlikely to become a victim of violent crime. Criminals do not want to face a potential victim who is armed and, given the choice, they will attack people or areas they know to be gun free, areas like schools, military bases and government buildings.

We need to start electing politicians who can see facts and ignore the party system in America. We need politicians who actually care about Americans and not getting re-elected.

While some in America may think that the progressive agenda will provide them with a utopian lifestyle, history has proven otherwise. There is no utopian society, and humans are greedy. When we elect greedy people to represent us and allow them to govern without constraint, society collapses.