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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am


Misguided understanding of what patriotism is 

Why are people so outraged over some NFL players kneeling during our national anthem? The players explained it wasn't about disrespect but a message of disgust for inequality.

Fifty years ago, when I returned from Vietnam and saw on TV flag burnings at anti-war rallies, I, like so many other veterans, didn't like it. But we had to accept that freedom encompasses a large parameter. (Although don't try burning a flag in our presence. You might be surprised.) As veterans, I think we have a deeper understanding of what the flag represents, and the suffering endured by so many to keep it flying throughout our country.

Yet, we all watched Donald Trump insult our POWs and a Gold Star family who lost their son. It was so disrespectful, and we said nothing. Veterans group hosted rallies in support of Trump. We said nothing. Religious groups hosted rallies for Trump. We said nothing.

Every one of us, nationwide, should have stood together and demanded Trump give an apology. We said nothing.

Now he is commander in chief and, quite frankly, it makes me angry every time the Marines in his presence salute him.

There is so much outspokenness about patriotism, do we really understand what it means? Will we ever unite and stand up for what is right?

I listened to an interview from one of Trump's campaign managers after the election. He was asked at what point during the campaign did you feel you had a good chance of winning? His answer was when Trump insulted John McCain and POWs and nobody got upset.

The content of character does matter.

P.E. Wyss



CHEERS to the following businesses that stepped up to help the Carroll High School Charger Pride Marching Band for their annual Johnny Appleseed fundraiser: Edy's Ice Cream, Richardson Farms, and Boy Scouts of America Anthony Wayne Area Council.


Co-chair hosts

Fort Wayne


Taxpayers, neighborhoods lawmakers' full-time focus

This is in response to a Sept. 26 letter, “Misguided focus harming city, county residents.” The letter contended that, essentially, there is no one in local government focused on taxpayers, their neighborhoods or the safety problems they face.

As a member of Allen County Council, I cannot abide the author's false premise. Just this year on Allen County Council, we approved (or will approve) budgets, raises or additional positions for Park Center, the building department, highway department and sheriff, among many others (and, showing fiscal sense, we did not approve several). As large supporters of Park Center, we are hoping soon Allen County will have an opioid treatment center to deal with that crisis. The building department responds much more rapidly (think instant permitting) to requests from those wanting to fix their property. With the added resources, expect your highway department to be more attentive to maintaining bridges and streets in county subdivisions. With improved starting pay and other contributions, we expect to increase retention among our sheriff's recruits, increase overall morale and, ultimately, keep citizens  safer by having, for example, possibly the best K-9 unit in the region on top of a highly vetted county police force.

The letter also waded into the economic development of downtown and, in observance of the paranoid style of American politics, slathers it on unnecessarily against the hard-working people at Greater Fort Wayne and the local developers and contractors planning and building the Fort Wayne of the future. If it seems like it is always the same few local people getting the bigger contracts, guess what: Fort Wayne, for all its recent growth, is still just a small town capable of sustaining only a few such large firms. With regard to the city's commitment to safety and neighborhoods: Just days ago the Fort Wayne budget included 24 new officers, and only weeks before that City Council voted in favor of a measure to provide millions more dollars for the annual improvement of...neighborhood sidewalks and alleys.

Eric Tippmann

Allen County Council At-Large