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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 30, 2018 1:00 am


Make way for monarchs

I read with interest Laura Butts' June 10 letter (“Revival of monarchs is up to us all”).

My daughter bought me some milkweed plants at one of the farm markets here in Fort Wayne. Last year we finally had caterpillars on them. One of the stems had broken off, so she took it home in an open jar and watched the monarchs hatch. My great-grandchildren really enjoyed seeing that.

If you have a garden, you might check the farm markets for milkweed plants. They do not take a lot of care and the results of the caterpillars forming their chrysalis, then watching as the butterflies appear is a joy.

She also brought me a collage with two butterflies, back to back.

There are butterfly farms in the country of Peru. They are the size of a football field and are covered with net. This saves the forests from people hunting the butterflies and also gives the poorer people an income.

I hope this gives people the incentive to grow milkweed plants and helps save the monarchs.


Fort Wayne

Trump's evil agenda mirrors dictatorships'

Some Republican leaders are supporting policies in this country more common to dictatorships.

Dictatorships also campaign against immigrants and foreigners.

Dictatorships also try to suppress freedom of speech and of the press.

Dictatorships also try to keep people from voting.

Dictatorships also discriminate against women and minorities.

Dictatorships also bend laws and break them until it is too late to stop them.

Dictatorships also hate unions and try to destroy the influence of organized labor.

Dictatorships also separate children from their parents.

Dictatorships also put so-called “undesirables” into detention centers.

Dictatorships also make alliances with other dictatorships.

Dictatorships also make secret agreements with enemy foreign powers.

Dictatorships also have leaders people don't take seriously until they find out how dangerous they actually are.

Dictatorships also engage in foreign wars to help their friends in the defense industries get rich while plunging their countries deeply in debt.

Dictatorships also engage in racist and xenophobic policies.

Dictatorships also treat their enemies badly and their friends even worse.

Dictatorships also use ethnic slurs against their opponents.

Dictatorships also oppose abortion.

The handwriting is on the wall. Evil can only succeed if good people do nothing.

But you can do something. You can vote all of the Trump supporters out of office. They enable him to talk about and pursue his evil agenda.

Do we really want to see how much they are going to try to get away with? Stop them before it's too late!

David Sowards

Fort Wayne

Insurance inequity

I'm not a rocket scientist, but I have a question for anyone who can give me an answer that makes sense.

How can any medical facility charge the insurance company for a terminally ill 14-year-old girl from Angola $950,000 (which the insurer denied) for a bone-marrow transplant but could do it for $350,000 cash up front? This seems to be American greed at its finest.

To my understanding, this has become a common practice in the medical industry. Hard-working Americans can't afford insurance premiums, high deductibles and high leftover balances. Why is this a practice that is allowed to continue?

Edward L. Groff