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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1:00 am

Letters

Honoring pet's memory

My cat, who had been my companion for more 20 years, died recently.

I was heartbroken. But I knew that there are hundreds of animals right here in Fort Wayne that need their forever homes. My cat was a rescue. And the best way I could honor her memory was to save another life.

I went to a pet store that shows shelter pets and found a wonderful male cat. I filled out a simple form and the next day a representative from the shelter called to tell me that my application was approved. A small donation over the phone and the cat is now living in my home.

The cat has a forever home and I have a new pal.

Give a little, and get back a lot more. Please consider adopting a pet from the Fort Wayne Animal Shelter.

Jay A. Wax

Fort Wayne

Faulty premises in common arguments

There are numerous issues that divide us. I want to look at two arguments that are repeated over and over; few people realize the arguments are faulty.

Argument One: Person A is accused of something illegal/immoral. Person A responds that Person B did the same thing and nobody is focusing on Person B. The assumption is that if Person B is getting away with it, then Person A must be in the clear. If they do the same thing, they could both be wrong.

If a former presidential candidate committed crimes that are not being investigated, that does not allow another person to say that any investigation against the current president is bogus. It might be bogus, but it is not bogus because only one of them is being investigated. Saying “you did it, too” works on playgrounds for middle school kids. Saying “you did it first” is a silly response for an adult.

Argument Two: It is a cliché to say “guns do not kill people – people kill people.” Of course, people kill people. But it is also true that some of these people use guns to kill people. What is mistaken in Second Amendment discussions is that we are confusing two senses of causality.

If we want to know who killed someone, we are looking at what is called an efficient cause. If we want to know how this person killed someone, we are looking for the “instrument” the person used to kill. Let's call this sense of causality the instrumental cause. To say guns do not kill people, people kill people confuses the two types of causes involved. We want to know the answers to two questions: who killed the person and how did they do it.

By the way, you can buy a tank online if you have the money to pay for it. I seriously doubt that very many people would argue that the Second Amendment says that the right to own a tank – a working tank – is protected by the Second Amendment. I have been known to be wrong in the past, so I might be wrong here also. The writers of the Second Amendment would have no idea what a tank is. A well-ordered militia might use tanks, but it would probably be in the military.

Bill Bruening

Fort Wayne

City, citizens cooperate

Our northeast neighborhood association had concerns regarding our water and sewer systems. We sought the help of our city councilmen, John Crawford, member at large, and Paul Ensley, 1st District.

They partnered with us and City Utilities officials, Mary Jane Slaton, DeWayne Nodine and Matthew Wirtz to come to an agreeable resolution.

We thank them for their work in reaching a successful conclusion. It is great to see the city work with its citizens in such a partnership.

PENNY KOEHL

Fort Wayne