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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Killer gets more sympathy

Kenneth Williams was executed April 28 in Arkansas. On April 29 The Journal Gazette published an Associated Press report that Williams had “lurched 20 times” during his execution. His lawyer reported that Williams “convulsed 10-20 seconds.”

In 1998, Williams shot 19-year-old college cheerleader Dominique (Nikki) Hurd, and her friend Peter Robertson. Hurd died.

In 1999, Williams escaped from prison and killed 57-year-old Cecil Boren. Boren was shot six times. Williams then stole Boren's truck and killed 24-year-old Michael Greenwood in a vehicle accident.

While in prison, Williams confessed to shooting and killing 36-year-old Jerrell Jenkins the same night he killed Hurd.

Williams took four innocent lives and injured other people. No one has counted, or mentioned, how many times each of his victims lurched or convulsed during their horrifying deaths. And yet, we worry that Williams may have suffered for 10-20 seconds. Why don't we ever think of what his victims went through? 

In a just world, Williams would have been shot as many times as he shot his victims, then run over repeatedly with the truck he stole until declared dead.

Tim Fultz


Elected officials not listening

I am wondering how many others feel like I do. Like a good majority of the residents of northern Indiana, I have voted predominantly Republican in the past. This last election was different. I felt I had no good choices at the federal level or state level and did the best I could do at the ballot box. I voted mostly Republican.

I admit I made a mistake, one I am not liable to repeat. At the federal level, we saw Congress sell off our right to privacy. The president signed into law a bill that allows internet providers to sell off your private information regarding internet usage and all the sites you visit. This despite a ruling by the FCC to prevent this. Complaints to my representatives yielded no response. After investigating the amount of money that internet providers paid to our elected officials, I'm not surprised. I found that senators shared $3,538,971 among them. The average contribution was $72,224. The highest was to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who accepted $251,110. Even our newly elected Todd Young accepted $28,670. The House accepted $5,617,841, an average of $26,129 per representative who accepted. Your right to privacy was sold off for $9,156,812.

Is this the government we want? Bought and paid for by special interest groups?

I watched as the Republican Party repealed the Affordable Care Act. I will be the first to admit the ACA has some minor problems, but it has served a portion of our population very well. If the Republican Party had a good, workable alternative, it wouldn't be so bad. Here is the main problem; they are making it up as they go along. That is totally irresponsible. If they want to change the Affordable Care Act, they should present to the American people exactly what it is they want to pass. To cobble up a bill as they go so that they gain enough support to pass it is pathetic.

I keep hearing, “Don't worry about it.” This is our government? The majority of the country has already expressed that they don't want it repealed. I sent our Republican elected officials an invitation to meet with a hard-working family devastated by medical problems. Under the ACA, they are now back in the tax-paying section of our society. Not one of our elected Republicans even replied to the offer. I can't wait for some town hall meetings where we can meet these officials face to face.

Roger Bayford

Columbia City

Park defenders shortsighted

All these people writing about their memories of Memorial Park and all the great times they had there and all the fun things they did there, “so don't destroy the park by putting baseball fields and volleyball courts and all that good stuff there” – what are they thinking? What about all the future generations of kids and parents who are going to make great memories and have fun times, and all the thousands of new participants these new facilities are going to infuse into the park? I drive by that park often, and rarely do I see many people there.

Come on, folks, get behind this and get over yourselves. I get that you all used to go there and don't want it to be destroyed, but do you really think Indiana Tech is going to destroy it? Have you taken a look at what Indiana Tech has done to vastly improve the area around its campus? Tech doesn't do anything halfway. Everything I see they have done has been incredibly pleasurable, aesthetically and culturally. They cleaned up a lot of blight in the downtown area. Take a good look.

It will be a great thing for our community, I guarantee it. So be positive and give it a chance.

Jack Rhoades

Fort Wayne

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