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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

A generous donation

Broadway Christian Church has done a lot of volunteer work for the elderly and disabled in the Fort Wayne community.

John at Porter Paint on Goshen Road donated paint and all equipment. This is a huge blessing.

Thanks to John and his generosity.

DOUGLAS MIERAS

Fort Wayne

Counterprotests made a bad situation worse

Freedom of speech is integral to our democratic way of life. Recent events  in Boston and Charlottesville, Virginia, and the response to these events, I believe, are a direct threat to this First Amendment right. I disagree with almost every utterance from our current president but find myself defending his response to these events.

Like many citizens in our country, we have heard from veterans of war the phrase, “I may disagree with your statement but will defend with my life your right to say it.” This signified the magnitude of importance behind this freedom.

The ideas and philosophy reflected by the protesters in Charlottesville were abhorrent to most decent citizens. In a country of 300 million people, it is not unlikely to possess a portion of citizens with extreme ideas on any social or political issue. You will also find people of heinous beliefs. Unfortunately, many citizens on the extremes will use their rights to espouse the faulty beliefs. It is not easy to have to accept that these people can express their ideas, but it is imperative that you do. Sorry, folks, the counterprotesters were at fault.

Not only did the counterprotesters attempt to prevent free speech, but they inflated the message of the Nazis and white nationalists. The counterprotesters were attacked by a schizophrenic member of the hate group. That was extremely disheartening but does not address the free speech issue. The media used the event to frame the issue of right or wrong of the protesters' free speech. If the counterprotesters had not elevated the situation, the two state troopers would not have had their accident. That incident does not make the racist right.

Real citizenship in a democracy is hard. If you are not willing to die for the right of those with opposing views, our country and Constitution will not survive.

John Robinson

Fort Wayne

Erasing shameful past

Granted, the history of the United States is marred by many mistakes and great injustices. Perhaps those who wish to remove the symbols of past wrongs are correct. But why stop with the thousands of monuments of Confederate soldiers? We would have to go back to that first racist destroyer of Americans, Christopher Columbus. It has already been suggested his statue in New York City be removed. Then we blast Plymouth Rock, where the real ruination of native culture based on greed and racism began.

Jamestown, Williamsburg and all other reminders of English imperialism should be razed. Jump ahead to the work of that fanatic Gutzon Borglum, who memorialized two slave owners and a man of war on Mount Rushmore. Lincoln might be left untouched unless his visage offends the clean shaven.

Custer's monument, Stone Mountain, remnants of great, great, grandfather's log cabin (remember, he stole that land) and all others on the extensive list of painful reminders of our national sins must go. If we are to erase symbols of our shameful past, let's do it right.

R. Foy Rusk

Fort Wayne