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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Rokita will stand for gun rights

The reason I stand for the Second Amendment is the reality that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. The American people need to be able to protect themselves from evil people who want to harm innocent civilians.

Todd Rokita is a constitutional conservative and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and that is why I support him. He knows the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Rokita believes law-abiding citizens have a God-given right to bear arms and protect themselves.

Alex Heine

New Haven

Trump not holding up to office's demands

Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House and haven't accomplished anything in nine months. Republicans were such obstructionists during the Obama years that they don't remember how to govern.

Seven years and more than60 votes to repeal Obamacare, and they still can't come up with a better plan. Donald Trump ran on “Make America Great Again”; the only thing he's made great so far is his pocketbook. He promised to “drain the swamp.” Instead, he's filled it with a bunch of alligators – unqualified millionaires using our tax dollars as their slush fund for private jets. They need to fly coach and enjoy some kid kicking the back of their seats like the rest of us.

His supporters claim he's new to politics and doesn't know the ways of Washington. That's no excuse for his childish behavior of refusing to shake the hand of German Chancellor Angela Merkel or shoving the leader of Montenegro out the way for front-row position in the NATO group picture. After only six weeks in office, Trump managed to alienate six of our allies and help Carrier run off to Mexico with 7 million of Indiana's tax dollars. He has no respect for the office, calls the White House a dump and seems to have more respect for Vladimir Putin than his own country.

Trump isn't the most popular person to hold the office and no matter how many times he repeats it, he didn't win the popular vote, nor did he have the largest inaugural crowd. His creating a commission on election integrity and voter history wouldn't change the results. Trump needs to create his own legacy and stop wiping out Barack Obama's. He should be working for the country, not being spiteful.

Trump is unable to have any feeling for anyone but himself. He has no understanding what Gold Star families' sacrifices are. He demands apologies but never apologizes to anyone. Trump is like a child who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and then claimed Obama did it or it's Hillary Clinton's fault. His foul mouth and name-calling are an embarrassment. He's finding out it's a lot harder being behind the Oval Office desk than out criticizing his predecessor.

Trump needs to grow up, and first lady Melania Trump needs to get busy on her cause, cyber bullying – starting with her husband. She has my sympathy.

Betty Allan

Fort Wayne

New St. Joseph adds to area's momentum

The recent announcement of Lutheran Health Network's decision to build a replacement facility for St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Fort Wayne is an important milestone for our community as it continues to gauge how fully committed it is to revitalizing the heart of the city. The announcement of this exciting project was a result of more than a year of thorough planning to determine how best to meet the needs of patients living and working in an area of the city that remains medically underserved.

As our city continues to gain momentum, it's only fitting that the creation of this state-of-the-art medical campus will bolster the tireless efforts of so many who correctly understand how important economic development in downtown Fort Wayne is to the entire region. At the same time, we are gratified to represent a hospital that chose to maintain its clear mission to serve the central city long before that was fashionable. While much is changing, the commitment of its physicians, nurses and other caregivers is St. Joe's true legacy. That emphasis on doing the right things for the right reasons will be carried to the state-of-the-art new hospital.

This is an exciting time to be a part of Fort Wayne. Speaking for my colleagues on the St. Joe board, we appreciate the positive feedback so many of you have shared with us after learning of this plan, news that has become such a source of pride for countless unsung heroes whose only objective is to provide outstanding care when and where it's most needed. As the board moves forward with hospital and network leaders to finalize a building site so we may begin construction next year, we are eager to provide updates on our progress.

Jerry Henry Jr.

Chairman, St. Joseph Hospital Board of Trustees

FWCS lessened by a good man's firing

As a retired Fort Wayne Community Schools bus driver, I must respond to the article regarding the firing of and lawsuit against FWCS by Robert Rinearson.

My deepest sympathy goes to every FWCS bus driver who daily faces the challenges of transporting students, knowing they don't have “Mr. Bob” just a phone call away.

In my 10 years of driving, I had to call Rinearson numerous times to remove an unruly student; never once did he ever use excessive force or harm a student.

Rinearson would use his stern voice to calm the student and explain that this behavior would not be tolerated on the bus. He was honest and fair to the student and a true advocate for the drivers.

I can't imagine driving and not having him in my corner.

Shame on FWCS if it fired an employee for his views and for speaking out. If anybody knows the climate of race relations in Fort Wayne, it's Bob Rinearson.