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Letters

Grateful veteran glad for nationís thanks

What a great day! What a privilege to be one of the veterans included on the fantastic trip to our nation’s capital and to the World War II Memorial among many other things that highlighted the day.

I was encouraged to go on the Honor Flight by a number of people from the Berne American Legion, including my neighbor of a number of years, John Price. The residential nurse of Swiss Village Retirement Community, Cole Rupp, begged me to go. She got me the application forms and sent them in for me.

Because I am 96 years old and use a walker, my daughter, Carol Hoffman, volunteered to go along to help me.

After some sightseeing, our first stop was at the WWII Memorial. How great it was. Many people were greeting us, taking our pictures, thanking us for our service. Some were shaking our hands, even hugging us.

Thank you so very much to all who are part of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana. God has blessed me with a long life. I had a wonderful wife and we raised two girls and four boys. I received the Purple Heart for action in the Philippines. A bullet made a hole clear through my steel helmet, grazed my head, but I was spared. It was a very close call. God spared my life.

RICHARD BEITLER Berne

Creativity a vital education component

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would cut the National Endowment for the Arts by 49 percent. I think this is a very bad idea for our country. I believe that one of the major tenets of life is “self-respect through creativity.” Because the National Endowment for the Arts supports creativity, artistic excellence and improves access to the arts by granting funds to nonprofit arts organizations, I call on our federal officials to support an increase in funding for the NEA beyond its 1993 funding level of $174 million. That funding figure equals $277 million in today’s dollars.

Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates – findings that cut across all socioeconomic categories. Congress should support an expansion of arts education programs to provide the best models for schools to include the arts in their curriculum.

I ask all to consider the possibility that creativity can foster and increase self-respect for our students and our country. I call on all lawmakers to support funding and policies that would recognize the emotional growth potential and direct benefits of encouraging cities and states to strategically invest in the arts. It’s all about our kids and our kids’ kids. Creativity promotes self-respect. The arts are essential to being human, something that’s becoming more and more lacking in the face of the overbearing technology that is now our world.

KENNY BERGLE Fort Wayne

Marriage benefts accrue to many

Oscar Knerr (Oct. 27) writes that marriage’s only “purpose is to conceive and raise a family” and that a gay or lesbian couple cannot therefore marry. It then logically follows that:

1. My grandfather could not remarry as he is too old, nor does he want to start another family.

2. No woman past childbearing age could marry.

3. Couples who choose not to have children could not be married.

4. Couples who choose to adopt children could not be married.

Couples who choose to adopt would be as married as a gay couple in Knerr’s eyes. And why would a woman give up a child for adoption to a couple who cannot be married (the pro-life alternative to abortion).

Note that Merriam-Webster defines marriage as "the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband and wife in a consensual and contractual relationship by law, or the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage. To have children or not is irrelevant.

LESLIE SWARTZ-WILLIAMS Fort Wayne

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