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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 09, 2017 1:00 am


Canal boat names riven with historical irony

We are welcoming an exciting time for our rivers – tours will soon be taken to learn about the history, flora and fauna, and beauty that our rivers and city have to offer. However, more care needed to be taken when naming this new canal boat. While naming it after local tribes of Native Americans sounds like a great way to respect a people to whom we haven't always been so respectful, a little historical reading would reveal that naming a canal boat after a Native American would be akin to naming a German train car after a Holocaust survivor. There is no honor or respect in giving a name to a vessel that was once used to violently transport a people away from their homes and into uncertainty. The name for this canal boat should conjure joy and pride for everyone.

Stephanie O'Shaughnessy

Fort Wayne

Memorial Day reminder to work toward peace

Memorial Day feels more militarized every year. Our honored dead are being used to promote present and future wars. Young (often conscripted) men and women who died in the pain and confusion of past wars are used to convince the American people to support more.

As a veteran, I doubt most died with their hearts full of national pride. They died in the worst of circumstances, such as explosions and fire. We should honor their sacrifice by working for peace. 

It is very disappointing to see so many Christian churches promote war instead of peace. They fail to properly honor our war dead as well as their religion.

The Public Broadcasting System Memorial Day show had a lot of irony this year. PBS is at risk of being defunded so we can devote more money to the military (irony with sprinkles on top).

Our war dead are being used to justify dropping 500-pound bombs in neighborhoods in Mosul, Iraq. We don't even take responsibility for civilians killed.

We have the most powerful military this world has ever seen. We do not honor our war dead by creating more war dead. Working for peace is the best way to honor our war dead and keep our current troops from joining them. No amount of noble rhetoric, patriotic music, battle anthems or flags can cover the ugliness of war.

Peace activists would like the meaning of Memorial Day to be, “Honor the Dead, Respond with Peace.”


Fort Wayne for Peace

Free market will find its way to clean energy

Leaving the Paris Climate Accord was a smart move. Governments don't have to impose carbon dioxide reductions. The free market can offer possible solutions toward low-carbon prosperity and make a profit at the same time. Carbon dioxide will eventually be seen as a resource. Energy and transportation will not need to be carbon-based; we won't always have to burn carbon resources for energy. (I, for example, even see great potential in northeast Indiana for ammonia fuel for energy and transportation.)

But we will likely always need carbon-based solid and liquid products from coal, oil and natural gas. We need carbon-based resources to make the transition toward lower carbon-intensity options. It's more a case of both-and instead of either-or.

Government might be an easy route to try to address the risk management scenario of the possibility of human-caused climate change, but the free market would be a more effective, more robust arena for the creative tension that could help us build our way toward risk mitigation.

Daniel Miller