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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:00 am


Nugent rhetoric unworthy of Foellinger stage

I am writing to echo the sentiments expressed by Alan Candioto in a letter published April 21 in which he expressed concern that the city's Department of Parks and Recreation has booked Ted Nugent to perform at the Foellinger Theater.

In a recent interview, Nugent suggested that Democrats should be shot as if they were rabid coyotes. A statement like that should disqualify him from taking the stage at the Foellinger. Substitute “Democrats” with “Jews” or “blacks” or “homosexuals,” and the outcry would be deafening.

A performer who calls for violence against any segment of our society should not be given a platform to spew further hatred from the stage of the Foellinger Theater. I doubt that Helene Foellinger would approve. Shame on whoever booked him. We go to the Foellinger to be entertained, not divided by the incendiary rhetoric of a has-been rock-and-roller.

Cynthia Pond

Fort Wayne

Gun opponent's letter riddled with inaccuracies

In response to Chris Snider's letter (“SecondAmendment not for modern-day weapons,” April 27), I offer the following facts and comments.

1. I read nothing in the Second Amendment to suggest it was penned for any specific time period. Assuming Snider references the comparison of weapons, government vs. the individual, there is no comparison to then and now. The individual is miles behind today.

2. Assuming Snider is referencing the popular AR-15 rifle, the references to “assault weapons” are completely inaccurate. Snider, along with uninformed Americans, has fallen for the media and anti-gun left's improper use of the term “assault weapon.” By definition, an assault weapon must have an automatic mode; the AR-15 does not.

3. “Not used for hunting”: They most certainly are.

4. “High powered”: In ballistic sciences the .223 caliber of the AR-15 is by no means considered “high powered.” There are some states that disallow the AR-15 for hunting due to its lack of power.

5. With regard to “used for illegal activities,” yes, and only by criminals.

6. “Outgunned law enforcement officers”: Law enforcement has access to and uses the AR-15, as well as much more firepower than the average person.

7. “Respect for law enforcement”: Thank you, Mr. Snider. Law enforcement has no larger support group than the NRA and all legal gun owners.

I urge Snider and all of America to stop using improper terminology and talking points that spew from our media and talk shows daily. We are quickly raising generations who truly believe this misinformation and are close to paying a very heavy price when it all comes full circle.

America, please let us all tackle and fix the root causes of society and family problems and stop pointing the finger at secondary issues.

Steve Sipe

Fort Wayne

Government has no reason to compete with business

I have a different view of the assumptions and conclusions drawn by Christer Watson is his May 1 column, “Postal service could offer benefit to the poor.” His assumption is that payday loans and other non-traditional banking services “trick their customers out of money,” and his conclusion is that “the simplest, most efficient way to solve that problem is have the U.S. Postal Service compete them out of business.”

From my experience with payday loans, customers have choices of competing check cashers, and each customer decides whether and when to use a particular provider based, not upon a stated interest rate, but upon bottom-line fees, convenience and customer service. These decision factors cannot be “tricked.”

Second, I believe that a tenet of American capitalism is that the government – with few exceptions – should not compete with private enterprise. Yes, the government could sell tobacco products, which the poor disproportionately use, cheaper than private companies, but should it? Should the government manufacture a cheapo version of the iPhone and iPad, to the detriment of Apple stockholders? I don't think so.

Recurring attacks on payday lenders and non-traditional banking providers have typically come from faith-based organizations that genuinely care for the poor. They should put their money where their mouth is and create their own non-profit alternative to payday lenders. It is the critics, not the government, who should “compete them out of business.”

Kenneth Athon

Fort Wayne