You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.




Police can make sure parenting done right

I wholeheartedly concur with Oscar Knerr (May 16) on grades, parents and children. We do not have enough government intrusion into our lives – we need more!

Knerr accurately points out that many households are one-parent homes or that both parents have to work “and are tired. But that cannot be used as an excuse.” He goes on to demand that parents be “required to help” and “legal force” should be employed to make sure his demands occur.

Maybe we should take this a step further and mandate that parents spend a minimum of one hour per child with homework each night. We could hire special police to go door to door to make sure parents are doing their job. We could even criminalize divorce to force both parents to be in the home, then make it illegal for women to work outside the home. If that did not solve the problem, we could mandate jail sentences for parents who have a child with a grade lower than a “C.” That would certainly solve the problem.

I like Knerr’s vision of a Nazi America. Or not. Lighten up. We have done pretty well for more than two centuries and will continue to do fine for another 50-75 years without his fascist ideas taking root.


Shepherd’s House patron now receiving her reward

Marilyn Schoeff was a tremendous example of a faithful, long-term supporter of a ministry. She was our first regular donor to the Shepherd’s House about 15 years ago. Each and every month, she shared her blessings with the Shepherd’s House, and her donation was always matched by the GE Foundation. We appreciate any and all donations to the Shepherd’s House, and we are reminded in Luke 21 that even the “widow’s mite” is esteemed by God. Marilyn passed recently, and we know that God has told her “well done” as we are confident that her generosity to the Shepherd’s House was a reflection of the life she lived.

BARBARA COX Co-founder, Shepherd’s House

Presentation useful for MS patients, families

I am writing about the outreach/education event on multiple sclerosis and its effects at the Huntington University Dining Commons on May 22. This wonderful initiative, sponsored by the Anna Yoder MS Fund, encourages research, education and outreach services in northeast Indiana for individuals and their families affected by MS.

It was surprising to find that there is a 20 percent increase in this ailment in the last few years, and the numbers keep going up. Whether due to environment, diet, locality, geography or other factors, the reasons for its cause are not known. Jimmy Yen, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the IU School of Medicine in Fort Wayne, spoke of his perspectives on the cause as well as possible treatment of MS. Also, a representative provided information about services and resources to help those affected by any disabilities so that they could be more independent in their homes.

Not only was this presentation of benefit for anyone with MS, including family members and caregivers, but it gave a good perspective for anyone in or interested in the health care field. It was gratifying to see those with MS meeting and networking with one another. Future events will take place in other counties. For more information, go to