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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, August 31, 2017 1:00 am


Letter gets quick action

The power of the press: I had tried (in vain) to get the city to take responsibility for the weeds at 456 Wiebke St.My letter was published on a Friday morning. Guess what happened that morning? The lot was mowed. It is wonderful that it is cut. However, it took a letter to the paper to get someone's attention.

Kathryn Smith

Fort Wayne

Racial hatred must be disavowed on many sides

The event(s)in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug.12 are indeed tragic and sorrowful for that community and the nation as a whole. In response to the horrific scene(s) of violence, President Donald Trump's remarks were both inartful and yet sadly misconstrued.

Indeed, there was a great deal of disrespect to the rule of law and the tenets of free speech by protesters and counterprotesters alike. And, among the violence, the greatest act of lawlessness, the murder of an innocent woman occurred.

Trump, I believe, honestly and rightfully called to task the lawlessness that broke out and had the right to call for the condemnation of those who perpetrated those violent and senseless acts. He did, though, acknowledge there had been, before the outbreak of violence, peaceful and legitimate protests. This is an important yet easily overlooked and scornfully dismissed facet of his remarks, both from the immediate aftermath and on subsequent days.

Under our Constitution, all Americans have the right to express their beliefs. We are not compelled to accept those beliefs. The racism, bigotry, intolerance and hatred on display among the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, skinheads and other various hate groups, as well as the hatred displayed from a group like Black Lives Matter, can and should be firmly disavowed by all Americans.

In his failure to clearly express this message to all Americans, Trump has further weakened his stature as a leader. To his critics, however, who have chosen to interpret his weak remarks as somehow leaving him not only in alliance but as an enabler of hatred groups, they as well have committed a disservice to this country.

For as much as there is the great need for this president to lead on behalf of all Americans in condemning and calling for the eradication of hate, it is equally incumbent upon all citizens to stand squarely behind and support the remarks of the president by lawfully protesting and where acts of violence are committed or plotted by hate groups, support the efforts of our law enforcement community to fully prosecute those who would engage In racial violence.

Trump needs to grow in his leadership, and we need to become a nation that shall grow in the path of tolerance and sense of community. These must become the legacies of Charlottesville.

Kevin Krajewski

Fort Wayne

Korte worker went above and beyond

On Aug. 3, I went to my daughter's house to meet the man who was coming to service the air conditioning. 

My daughter keeps a gate at the top of the driveway next to the house to keep her dog from roaming. David Bajic, the serviceman, was at the back of the house. I attempted to step over the gate instead of opening it. Unfortunately, I scraped my leg pretty bad. David heard the commotion and rushed to assist me. He went inside to get paper towels so I could hold pressure on my leg. Then he ran to this truck to get his first aid kit.

He offered to call 911. He offered to take me to the hospital.

I consider myself very lucky that he came to my rescue.

Korte is lucky to have him on their team. He's a very nice young man. He remained calm all the time, and that sure helped me.

To keep my senses, I did drive to the hospital and had 24 stitches to repair the wound.

I will be forever grateful to this young man.


Fort Wayne