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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:00 am


Tattoos, piercings should not be job disqualifiers

It's time we address discrimination in the workplace.

Altering the way you look can make you look more different. This is how people become discriminated against, not only in the workplace but in society as a whole. That is something I'd like to change.

I've noticed how easily people are discriminated against in the workplace. Having colored hair, facial piercings or visible tattoos is a no-no. These things are becoming increasingly popular in our society and merging into the workplace. Discrimination is something I've experienced at my own job, and it makes me feel like I don't belong just by the way I choose to portray myself, and this goes for many others. There need to be some changes in the workplace for people with tattoos and piercings.

Having a tattoo or facial piercing does not reflect your work ethic or your personality. We shouldn't allow employers to look at someone and tell them they won't look professional or do not belong because of their tattoo or their piercings. In Indiana, the employer doesn't even have to inform them of their judgmental acts.

There needs to be some change in the workplace. There needs to be more consideration for work ethic instead of what someone's skin looks like. An employer denying someone a job needs to do so based on skill, education, communication, liability, common sense – things of these sorts. In society now, we need to accept that every single person looks different, move on from this type of discrimination and end it.

Maegan Noelle Perry

Fort Wayne

Cheers on trash pickup

Fort Wayne's new service provider for trash collection seems to have gotten off to a rough start. Our street has, in fact, been among those missed in collections in recent weeks. But I have CHEERS for the person who serviced our area.

Our family had placed multiple containers of brush out for collection. I happened to be looking out the window when the truck came down our street. I watched the assistant hop from the cab, deal with all our rubbish, check each bin to ensure that it was emptied, place the cans back in an upright position out of the street, then move along

Is it even possible to read a cheerful, positive attitude, watching such an activity from a distance? If so, that's what I saw as communicated by that person's attention to detail, quick action and efficiency.

I did not expect to be treated to a fine example of professionalism when I glanced outside. But I was. What a great start to the day; thanks, guys!

Jane Janovyak

Fort Wayne

Memorial Day tributes should be solely for vets

I'm so disappointed that the Journal Gazette printed my letter on June 8, 2017, but didn't bother to heed my request. To synopsize, on Memorial Day we honor our military dead, whether they died in service or after they left the military.

As I said last year, I'm glad that the JG has a remembrance section for Memorial Day, but it should be restricted to those with a connection to the military. Memorials for deceased relatives are wonderful, but they should not be lumped in with military memorials; there should be a separate section for the non-military tributes.

I can only assume The Journal Gazette is looking at revenue as well as space considerations, but I think those who have served our country deserve more than that.

After all, it's only one day a year that's actually devoted to them; just as Honor Flights are restricted to veterans, so should the Memorial Day tribute section be restricted as well.

Patricia G. Stahlhut

Fort Wayne