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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 09, 2018 1:00 am


Appreciative audience

On May 18, we had the pleasure to perform at the Northrop High School Dance Recital.

We were so in awe of the reception we received from the audience and the students.

We want to thank them so much for their respect and appreciation for the over-55-years-of-age Alley Kat Dancers!


Director, Alley Kats

Fort Wayne

Government not doing our business

Recently, one of our utilities was permitted by the state utility board to increase its rates by more than 7 percent.

People who live on Social Security received a minuscule increase last year, somewhere around 1 percent or 2 percent. Some years these people receive nothing. The question is, how do we pay our bills when they keep rising beyond our reach? The Republican tax cut does nothing for us. We are not in the top 2 percent of wage earners.

Soon, if what we hear is accurate, the Republican Congress will start working to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits. Any downward direction in either of these programs will be a disaster, again, for the lowest earners. The stated reason for any future cuts is to ward off the increased deficit caused by the tax cuts. So, effectively, the country gets a tax cut at the expense of the elderly.

Recent changes in banking laws will allow banks, already earning billions, to earn even more. Again, congressional activity designed to make the very rich even richer.

The November midyear election is a golden opportunity for seniors who vote to help flip Congress. If this happens, we might see a return to some sort of sanity there, but the big question is whether our government, hired by us, will ever get back to doing the business of the majority of the people instead of the very rich.

Edward J. Frank

Fort Wayne

Patriotic CHEERS to all the participants and spectators at the Memorial Day Parade on Parnell Avenue. Having served in the Coast Guard Womens' Reserve during World War II, I was proud to see the Coast Guard represented. I did miss seeing the devoted crew from Honor Flight Northeast Indiana for I would have saluted their heroic efforts.

There were far too many great units to thank but I will praise the two marching bands who marched and played in the sweltering heat.

After the parade, we went to Greenlawn Cemetery to honor our departed loved ones. Then, to Coney Island for our traditional hot dog ritual where someone paid for our meal.

May God bless you for your kindness and may God bless America!

Heartfelt thanks to the Vietnam veteran who supported me with his strong arm through all the events of a memorable Memorial Day.


Fort Wayne

CHEERS to New Haven Primary School, where students and staff conducted a food drive, gathering 2,232 pounds for the Community Food Pantry at St. James Lutheran Church which serves the food insecure in the New Haven area.


Fort Wayne