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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Drivers not heeding Laverne construction

Don't people read road signs, or are they just stubborn? Laverne Avenue has been closed, except for local traffic, for several weeks. However, drivers who use Laverne as a shortcut persist. When construction started, workers often had to stop to allow cars to pass by. This happened every day, several times a day. Apparently, people didn't read the signs (at each end of the street), didn't take them seriously or just didn't care.

It does seem that everyone is in a hurry these days. I suppose avoiding a few traffic lights may save a little time, but surely not more than a minute or two. Perhaps one or two minutes makes a huge difference to some people.

A few weeks ago, a huge hole was dug in the middle of the street, and it was only the beginning. The workers were installing four-foot diameter tiles (about nine feet long) as part of a flood-control project. One day, at least half a dozen cars had to turn around after the drivers saw what was going on. The next day, a driver drove through a neighbor's yard to turn around. If people would just read signs and take them seriously, these things would cease to happen.

Now, the workers are past our house and almost to Arby's. The cut-through cars seem to have found another route, and I hope they stay with that route after the work is completed. Laverne is a residential street and not a racetrack, as some drivers apparently think. Speeding cars are dangerous, as we don't have a sidewalk except at the State Boulevard end. Many people, including children and elderly, walk on this street every day. I can only hope that the construction will cause these drivers to return to the main routes.

Before I close, I want to say that the Dunigan Brothers of Michigan are doing a great job.

Paula S. Dyer

Fort Wayne

Charity gaming rules are nonsensical

The recent raid of Eagles 3512 facility brought to light for many the problems with charity gaming and the Charity Gaming Commission. When the legislature outlawed Cherry Masters, they then later said it was OK to do charity gaming as many of the clubs that do charity gaming wouldn't be open without them. The money they receive is the only thing that keeps them going.

The Charity Gaming Commission, part of the Indiana Gaming Commission, was tasked with setting the rules. So the legislature passes a law and then someone else gets to decide what is and isn't legal. One of the primary problems with the law is that all people working at a charity gaming facility are members of the club and volunteering. The legislature missed a giant opportunity to provide jobs, and get even more tax revenue, by letting people get paid. They would then make even more money at charity gaming facilities because they wouldn't be run by amateurs. They would get payroll tax money and everything would be legal.

Charity gaming has given many clubs the chance to give money to people and groups that they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. It also has allowed many clubs across our state to remain open. What a waste of money – taxpayer money – to investigate and raid a group that, if it broke the law, committed a minor indiscretion.

Like everything these days, we don't use common sense; we just try to make a way to get more people in trouble. If we don't agree with it, it must be wrong. Whether or not you like gambling is irrelevant. People are going to gamble. If they are, I would rather the money stay in Fort Wayne and help out Fort Wayne people. The gaming commission needs to look at its rules and adjust them so people can operate in a legal manner without concern. The rules should be the same for everyone and they should make sense for the state, the people and the clubs.

Bill Collins

Fort Wayne

Quality politicians exist in both parties

I have always voted a split ticket; in my opinion, there are good and not so good on both sides. I do not support any political party's platform 100 percent.

I voted for President Donald Trump, but I also voted for John Gregg for governor. I voted for Joe Donnelly for U.S. senator, and I think he is doing a good job.

When I hear Rush Limbaugh give heck to the Republican senators who voted against getting rid of the Affordable Care Act, I get upset. These senators voted their conscience. It is sad, but the Republican Party will probably try to replace them when they come up for re-election. I think members of Congress should be encouraged to vote independently of the party bosses.

I support Trump when it comes to building the wall, tax reform, building the military and immigration. But I am not in favor of scraping the ACA. In my opinion, it needs changed, but not that much.

I would hope that the local political party chairs, Steve Shine and Mindy Rogers, would let elected people vote from their heart and not have to worry whether the local party bosses will try to replace them.

I believe Jim Banks is afraid of his party's bosses, both in Indiana and Washington, D.C.

The Democrats in Washington should reach across the aisle and work with the Republicans to pass meaningful changes to the ACA, and Nancy Pelosi should not stand in the way. John McCain was right when he asked for both sides to work on fixing parts of the ACA. I think Trump just wants to cut taxes on the top 1 percent. He does not care about the people below them, but they are the ones who elected him.

Finally, I have no use for Mike Pence and the Indiana Republican Party after the way the Republicans came after Glenda Ritz, who got more votes then Pence in the election, and tried to really tie her hands.

Not only that, the Republican Party took away our right to vote on who we want to be the head of education in Indiana. I don't care if we would be the only state that allows the people to elect the superintendent, the power should be with the people.

I like Donnelly, and right now I would vote for him again. I also feel that if he runs again, right now I would vote for Trump. I just hope he gets a different vice president.

Leon D. Grote


Trump spoke truth on protesters

I am writing in response to the columns, letters, etc., critical of President Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A wise man said, “When you speak the truth (as Trump did in his remarks on the Charlottesville violence) to people who don't want to see or hear the truth (like the progressive left), it offends them.” Trump's crime was he spoke the truth the left didn't want to hear.

The president condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, etc. Then he performed a vital service to the country by calling out for all to see the fascist alt-left hate groups known as antifa.

Antifa came to the rally with helmets and clubs looking for war. Antifa does what fascists do; they try to silence those who disagree with them. On Aug. 27, antifa attacked a peaceful group of conservative demonstrators in Berkeley, California.

Trump deserves thanks for having the courage to speak the truth, not the political correctness that is so damaging our nation.