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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:00 am


Support firearms safety 

As a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I recently participated in the Wear Orange event. June 2 and 3 were recognized in communities throughout the U.S. as gun violence awareness and safety awareness days. The participation across our nation, including in Fort Wayne and other Indiana communities, was fabulous to see and strengthens my resolve to advocate for ways to end this horrifying tragedy. I encourage everyone to visit to see ways to support this important cause.

Marla Wolf


Oath Keepers' allegiance is not in question

This is in response to Dick Schwartz' libelous statement about Oath Keepers in his June 7 letter. His statement that “this group is a radical anti-government faction that advocates armed violent resistance to legitimate government authority” is not just false but viciously so. To make matters worse, he stated “on the Courthouse Green this Memorial Day weekend were a number of American flags, along with the armed services' flags. One flag that stood out to me is the Oath Keepers' flag.” All of the flags were provided by the members of Indiana Oath Keepers Region 1. He says Oath Keepers has a right to express its beliefs but that its “flag's presence does not honor our veterans who gave their lives to defend that freedom.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Had Schwartz bothered to do a little homework, he would have discovered that Oath Keepers is a national organization of people who have taken the oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Most have taken that oath as a member of the military, municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement, fire department or other first-responder organization. The mission of Oath Keepers is to promote constitutional awareness and community preparedness. The only government we are against is one that is not accountable to the citizens who elect it.

Had Schwartz wanted to learn about Oath Keepers, he should have called the Fort Wayne Police Department, any of the county sheriffs in northeast Indiana, or the Indiana State Police, all of whom have a positive working relationship with Oath Keepers. Or he could have called the organizers of Honor Flight, for whom local Oath Keepers has raised nearly $20,000. Or he could have talked to someone at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Glenbrook Commons, for whom local Oath Keepers provided volunteer security for 16 months in the wake of the terrorist attack on a recruiting center and reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July 2015, until the Department of Defense was able to improve the security of that building. On a national level, Schwartz could have read about how Oath Keepers infiltrated several of the radical leftist groups that tried to disrupt the inauguration of Donald Trump in January – how they provided valuable intelligence to and worked with D.C. police and federal law enforcement to mitigate the damage and personal injury perpetrated by those groups.

Schwartz owes an apology to a group of dedicated men and women, most of whom are the very veterans he says should be honored.

Stan Needham

Vice president, Indiana Oath Keepers

Columbia City

Tax plan is outrageous

Here we go again. City Council has a plan to tax all of Allen County, and we residents who live outside the city limits can't vote for council members.

I thought that was called taxation without representation. What a deal.

People outside of city limits should be outraged.