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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:00 am


CHEERS to all those who attended the public meeting on May 4 regarding the ill-conceived plans to erase features of Memorial Park (designed to honor World War I servicemen) in favor of the perceived space needs of a private entity; to those who spoke (and have written) against the idea; and to ARCH, our area's historic preservation organization, for quickly questioning the project's merit and legitimacy and triggering the public debate that the project developers had so foolishly failed to organize from the start.

Jill Downs

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to nurses. Nurses Week, May 6 through 12, celebrates the contribution nurses make every day to the health of their patients and communities. It recognizes the effect nurses have on millions of patients from their first breath to their last.

The annual Gallup survey shows the public has ranked nursing as the top profession for honesty and ethical standards for 15 years in a row. There are 3.6 million registered nurses in the United Sates. Nurses make up the largest group of all health care professionals. Nurses in the hospital setting are the 24/7 surveillance systems for patients, their needs and changing conditions. Nurses work in many settings in hospitals as well as in schools, clinics and even the military.

Nurses provide high level of care, emotional support, and contribute to improved patient and family outcomes. This week and always, we must recognize, appreciate and value what nurses bring to the health of our community and whole nation.

I congratulate all nurses for a job well done and thank them for being patient advocates.

Colleen Hawkins 

Fort Wayne

My husband recently took my sister and me to Turkey Lake Tavern in Stroh for a fish lunch. While there, we met a very nice young couple. Mark asked whether he could buy our lunch as we were ready to leave. CHEERS to Mark. We will definitely pay it forward.



Fort Wayne

CHEERS to New Haven Immanuel Lutheran Church and Thrivent for their interest in and support of the Fort Wayne Area Blue Star Mothers (who have or have had a child honorably serving in the U.S. military).

They have very generously supported our Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter care package projects for deployed troops. Besides donating items, they've also opened their facility for us to use for the packing of the boxes as well as helped with the packing.

This is one way of letting our troops thousands of miles from home know we think of them and are thankful for our freedoms they are so unselfishly protecting.

We look forward to working with them in future Care Package adventures.

For more information about our group, to make a donation or to donate items, please call or visit our website.

Dawn Howard


Fort Wayne Area Blue Star Mothers

CHEERS to Turnstone and Allen County-area organized labor for another successful picnic on May 3. Such partnerships benefit everyone and are a vital part of building a stable and healthy community.

Mike Bynum

Labor and community services director

United Way of Allen County