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    Outdoor seating wouldbenefit art museumFort Wayne has a wonderful art museum. We are truly lucky that the building plan is a good one and that the exhibits range from a variety of local, national and global sources.
  • Letters
    Outdoor seating wouldbenefit art museumFort Wayne has a wonderful art museum. We are truly lucky that the building plan is a good one and that the exhibits range from a variety of local, national and global sources.
  • Sustained push needed to enact term limits
    It is good to hear that there are other people interested in term limits for all our elected officials (See John W. Watson letter on Nov. 16).

Letters to the editor

Students earned their limo ride

This is in response to Ashley Hobbs’ letter on Oct. 25.

“Who pays for the limo and food?” The company offers to the students this incentive to sell their product. This in turn gives the students a chance to have a limo ride. This is a chance for students to create a lasting memory through their hard work.

“What were the kids raising the money for to be able to pay for students’ meal and limo ride?” The money raised goes toward materials used in the classroom (books, books on CD, CD players and math manipulatives). The money raised from the fundraiser allows the school to purchase these items for the students to use in their learning. This is a nice perk so the money doesn’t come out of taxpayers’ pockets.

“How this is acceptable?” Students have a 30-minute lunch and 20-minute recess. This would allow the students time to enjoy something special like this. It only happens once a year.

It was stated that New Haven Primary is part of the problem. I want to say New Haven Primary is part of the solution. If you look at New Haven Primary’s data, you will see that the students and teachers have worked hard to increase their math and reading scores.

The teachers at New Haven Primary and students work hard and take pride in their learning.


IPFW seeks celebration stories

I remember as a child driving with my mom on what was then known as “the bypass” past the Coliseum. They were putting up a sign in a vacant field across the street announcing that a new building was to be built. That building was the first on the new campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne.

This coming year marks the 50th anniversary of those beginnings. The school has grown from one building to 40 and encompasses 688 acres. More than 60,000 degrees have been granted, and thousands of the school’s graduates work in the Greater Fort Wayne area and throughout the world. The community has the opportunity to enjoy sports, music, lectures, plays, festivals or simply a walk around the campus. There are so many reasons to celebrate what used to be an empty field.

Did you meet your spouse there? I did. Did you graduate from IPFW? I did. Did you work there? I do. Have you enjoyed the fireworks there? Me, too! Won’t you help IPFW celebrate 50 years by sharing your story with us? Tell us in 50 words or fewer what you celebrate about the school and enter the contest to win one of 50 great prizes. The contest closes on Nov. 21. You can find information about and submit your entry to We want to celebrate IPFW through your eyes with your stories – the stories that made you, and our school, what we are today.


Phil invaluable community asset

We have a wonderful Philharmonic that deserves our utmost support in donations and attendance. These professionals are dedicated, innovative and are ever expanding their repertoire to invite the interest of all people and all ages, exposing and exploring the beauty and knowledge of music, its performers and composers.

Nietzsche said: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Life without the Phil would be a mistake and a major detriment and loss to the community.


HJR6 fallout will be damaging

The decision of Indiana University to join the Freedom Indiana fight against HJR6 has stirred quite a bit of debate. Many argue that public institutions should not weigh in on the battle over the gay marriage amendment.

But let’s consider that Indiana (as well as Purdue, Ball State and Indiana State) has hired and promoted faculty and staff who consider domestic partner benefits as part of their compensation. This is a personnel and personal issue.

Supporters of HJR6 claim that its wording won’t affect these situations (or private arrangements in corporations). Yet, how many benefits have to accrue before they become “substantially similar” to a marriage and therefore illegal under the second half of the amendment? How long after passage will it be before a conservative group or individual files a claim to force these benefits to end?

Even if they don’t care about these individuals, legislators must recognize this is just one of many unintended consequences to come. Has your legislator considered all the angles? Have you asked?