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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, May 06, 2018 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

'You first' attitude not helping project

Fifty years ago, my wife and I, parents of two small children, took a leap of faith and bought a new house in a new development in the northeast part of Fort Wayne. The salesman said, “You should be making $15,000 a year to live out here.” To which I replied: “It won't be long.”

With that in mind, the $200 the developer wanted from each family to put in a community swimming pool looked like a very large amount. We put the $200 up, but the voices of “when I see a hole in the ground, I'll put up my money” prevailed, and today there are houses where the pool was to be. (We got our $200 back).

Now I see the same “you first” attitude emerging with the Electric Works project.

Come on, Fort Wayne power people, let's keep the city moving up and get this tremendous project going.

TOM BOOTH

Fort Wayne

We all can contribute to city beautification

Long before history was ever recorded on paper, people were using the three rivers that weave their way through Fort Wayne. Even in the digital age, people are still using the Maumee, St Joseph and St. Marys rivers for a variety of different things.

The city's riverfront cleanup will cover around 2.6 total river miles as well as 310 acres of land. The city is planning on investing $240 million to upgrade the sewage treatment plant as well as put in new storm sewers. In addition, the city is putting in a five-mile-long tunnel under the city that will carry millions of gallons of stormwater and sewage a day. This will prevent 90 percent of the sewage from running into the rivers.

The city has started clearing vegetation from the river banks to stop eroded soil and debris from entering into the rivers. The citywide river cleanup is projected to be done in 2023.

The city is hoping that the cleanup and development of the rivers will bring in new businesses as well as boost the community. After surveying five local businesses located by the rivers, all agreed it is important  the city improve the rivers. Three out of the five believed the cleanup will improve their business.

The owner of Conjure Coffee shop said, “People desire to be near our waterways. Cleaner rivers will create more draw to the businesses and recreational areas in their proximity.” The owner of Curly's, Tina Brown, says, “The river gives my customers something to look at and contributes to the customers' overall experience.”

I cannot wait for the project to be completed. I have been waiting for years for the day I can ride my bike down the Rivergreenway and enjoy looking at the rivers or sitting out at The Deck watching ducks float by instead of spare tires. You can join the Clean River Team by disposing of trash and recyclables in designated bins and by picking up litter you see around town.

MIRANDA BRAUN

Fort Wayne

Honor Flight planners an exceptional group

I would like to acknowledge Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

I am privileged to be one of the veterans on the 27th Honor Flight, which went to Washington, D.C., on April 25. Even in the early stages prior to the trip itself, I was overwhelmed by the dedication this group, the committee, the countless volunteers and all those entities that gave of themselves, and were so involved in the care and compassion shown to us veterans. They are the definition of the word “honor.”

My son, Marshall, my volunteer guardian, and I were elated as we looked forward to this initial trip of 2018.

There are not enough words in the dictionary to say thank you. But to each and every one who participates in this endeavor: God bless you all.

MIKE MANOLOFF

Fort Wayne 

Boycott mentality part of nation's ills

Within a week I saw two letters about Ted Nugent. Nugent makes no apologies for his viewpoints, nor should he. Besides being an NRA board member, he has been involved in his community and even donated wild game to local food banks.

Over time in this country, we have gotten to a point that freedom of speech only matters if you agree with an opinion stated. That is total nonsense. Take your grievances to the ballot box because that is where they belong.

It may surprise liberal readers that Nugent has played Fort Wayne many times before, and he is not a stranger to this community. I do not think it's a stretch to say those who complain about Nugent and his views would never attend his concerts anyway.

That is fine and is what makes America great, not this nonsense of we disagree with a point of view so boycott.

The Fort Wayne Parks Board is liberal by its nature but has always considered different musical tastes when choosing the summer concert series.

Learn to enjoy life and not hate everything you tend to disagree with; it is good for the soul. Conservatives boycotting liberals and liberals boycotting conservatives is not a country I would be proud of.

David L. Nichols

Fort Wayne

Gun-rights booster's arguments specious

When a person is well versed in a subject and tries to persuade readers to his point of view by giving only facts that support it, is that misinformation?

Bob Aldridge “is a Fort Wayne resident,” according to the biography on his oped of April 19. Actually, Aldridge has often touted his NRA membership and his proficiency with guns as an instructor and gun-rights advocate. Aldridge states the AR-15 “is the most popular and most commonly used semiautomatic rifle in the country.” He admits rifles of this design have been used in a few high-profile killings. What he doesn't say, and certainly must know, is that when accessories are added to an AR-15, it becomes an assault weapon. Accessories vary in the degree of lethal ability. There are pages of companies that offer accessories via the internet. He also knows the type of bullets shot affects the degree of damage to the target.

Slide Fire Solutions invented and manufactures bump stocks, used to accelerate a gun's shooting rate so it fires like an automatic weapon, nearly as fast as a machine gun that has been largely outlawed. SFS announced it will freeze the manufacture and sale of bump stocks because of public outcry. But is the freeze temporary, as it was once before, or permanent?

Aldridge compares the casualties of AR-15s to those of aircraft crashes. Certainly he is attempting sarcasm, but if not, how can we compare?

First, the people flying the aircraft have completed intensive training and testing before being allowed to operate the aircraft. The testing included physical and mental evaluations. The shooters who bought AR-15s and modified them to kill masses had no such controls. Second, the passengers on the aircraft chose to fly even though there was a remote chance they could die. The victims of mass murders were living normal lives, not considering the remote chance they might be victims of gunfire. Last, the majority of American citizens support background checks and limits on the types of weapons available.

Judith Steckly

Fort Wayne