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Primary voting required holding your nose

So Steve Shine thinks a 12 percent voter turnout is not satisfactory. Never in my 68 years have I been so unenthusiastic about an election. On the Republican side we have Marlin Stutzman. We can choose between Liz Brown versus Ken Fries and Darren Vogt. And Bob Morris believes Girl Scouts are lesbian communists. In my district I guess I could have chosen between Christopher Judy and Kathy Heuer. Am I supposed to believe that any of these candidates are going to bring positive change?

Democrats had David Roach running unopposed for sheriff. They also had Tommy Schrader. It’s just sad. I can’t even recall seeing one yard sign for a Democratic candidate.

Shine says, “Something needs to be done to energize and/or provide for an easier mechanism for people to vote.” This, after his party has done all it could to make it more difficult.

Come November, I’ll do my civic duty but, please, don’t expect me to be excited about it.


Warthogs still relevant in ‘tank killer’ mode

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the relevance of the A-10 Warthogs that may be phased out as a result of budget constraints. This is quite relevant to Fort Wayne, since we have the 122nd Fighter Wing, which flies them. A recent article by Bloomberg featured a number of veterans lobbying for retention of the airplane. I would like to add my voice to that group.

What I haven’t heard lately is anyone use the phrase “tank killer” when referring to the airplane. I think in light of what is happening on the Crimean peninsula and other parts of Ukraine, we should think about the airplane’s strategic importance as well as its tactical importance. It was originally deployed in Europe to slow the advance of Soviet tank armies and neutralize the numbers advantage the Soviets enjoyed. They still have a lot more tanks than we do, our military thinks tanks are less important now.

Will Russia stop with the Ukraine? Who knows? One thing is certain, there is no weapon in existence that can match the performance of the airplane for this role.

One other thing to consider: If the tank arrays start coming and there is no conventional way to stop them, someone will begin thinking of tactical nuclear weapons. We don’t want to allow that scenario to unfold.


Quality care hallmark of VA’s nursing staff

I am pleased to recognize an extraordinary group of employees at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System who dedicate their many skills, talents and expertise in caring for veterans with genuine compassion: our nursing staff.

In recognition of National Nurses’ Week with the national theme “Nurses Lead The Way,” let us be reminded that VA Northern Indiana Health Care System has more than 500 nurses within our facility who have worked very hard to earn degrees of varying levels for the direct care they provide. Our nurses take the job of helping and healing to new heights.

This ever-changing VA offers many challenges in how we deliver health care; however, our nursing staff remains the constant in a sea of change by helping veterans achieve optimal health outcomes. Nurses work to ease the burdens our veterans experience, ensuring they receive their care with respect and dignity. Nurses truly show their care and concern for those we are so privileged to serve. Thank you for all that you do. We applaud your loyalty, commitment and enthusiasm for the profession we are so glad you chose.

I would like to thank all of the nurses not only in the VA but as well as in our local communities for their dedication and devotion to such a caring profession of taking care of our loved ones.

DENISE M. DEITZEN Director, Northern Indiana Health Care System