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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:00 am


Confederate statues 'more scars than honors'

Recently there has been a lot of coverage and some angst about tearing down statues that represent Confederate politicians and military. Some people have bloviated about the eventuality of removing statues of George Washington and others with no connection to the Civil War. Many cannot see the reason for removing these reminders of the treasonous secession of certain states as they attempted to destroy the USA.

One must ask oneself why these statues were ever erected in the first place. These Confederate generals were committing treason in trying to overthrow the United States. No country ever erected statues of those who were enemies in war. There are no statues of Hitler in Germany; no monuments to Mussolini in Italy.

No, these monuments were erected as a means of reminding the freed slaves that the people of these vanquished rebellious states were still loyal to the cause of slavery and that even though slavery was no longer permitted, the black people freed by this struggle were still not really free.

It is for this reason these monuments to a forgotten time must finally be eradicated. Nobody wants to remove the part of our history that represents the founding of our country like Washington, Jefferson and, yes, even our own Anthony Wayne. Just remove the reminders that are more truly scars than honors.

Edward J. Frank

Fort Wayne

Neighborhoods plagued by outages, inattention

There are 144 dwellings in the back of the Concord Hills and Tanbark neighborhoods with more than our share of power outages.

Several of us have contacted our liaison at AEP to inquire about why we have so many problems. I spoke with Jessie Gadson, our liaison, on July 28 and was told he would take it to “the board of decision-makers,” but it would be awhile before we got an answer for a fix due to vacation schedules. We agreed a month was satisfactory for an answer. Power was out again recently; a tree being cut knocked out the power lines. It reminded me I had not heard from Jessie, so I called. He returned my call on Sept. 1 and made it clear AEP has no plans to fix our outage issue.

We are all guessing since that was the response, there isn't an AEP employee on our grid. We feel the powers at AEP, Appalachian Power or I&M (depending on who answers the customer service line) simply do not care enough to address the problem. This has gone on for years with no rhyme nor reason why. We are sick and tired of it and want a permanent fix.

Who at AEP can fix this?

Some of us work a home office job. Some are on CPAP machines to regulate breathing issues. We are demanding a fix. We don't want another winter with no heat.

Christopher Snider

Fort Wayne

Tourney helps fight MS

On behalf of the Anna Yoder MS Fund at Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, we express our thanks to Dick Thornton and his wife, Pam, for another successful golf tournament in which more than $5,000 was raised and donated to the Anna Yoder MS Fund.

All proceeds are used in northeast Indiana for multiple sclerosis research, education and outreach services. Despite having MS, Dick works tirelessly for months to organize and host the annual tournament.

We also are deeply appreciative of the support of dozens of businesses that made in-kind auction donations or who sponsored teams or donated food. A special thank you to Poorman's Heating& Air for providing the beverage and snack cart throughout the tournament and to the staff at Whispering Creek Golf Club for their excellent service.

To all who golfed, who donated or who volunteered, please know your involvement is helping improve the lives of some of the more than 7,000 individuals in northeast Indiana who are living with MS.

Jennifer Boen


and the advisory board of the Anna Yoder MS Fund

IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne