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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, July 01, 2018 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Thoughts, prayers must lead us to God

One of the grieving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made the statement on the national news that prayers and thoughts are not enough.

The Bible says that “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

For many years Americans trusted and believed the word of God. Today our culture lives in rebellion against his once-respected word.

We have banned him from our schools. We kill our most innocent. We have rejected God's moral standards, resulting in rampant disease, fatherless children, struggling single moms and an overwhelmed foster care system. We are plagued with incurable diseases and many cannot afford medical care. Many live in poverty.

Our prisons are full. We suffer floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, mudslides, fires and earthquakes. The national debt and personal debt are out of control. Many look to illegal drugs for comfort.

God has set the conditions for healing. He loves us and he loves our nation. When the people he calls by his name meet his conditions, God will hear and God will heal.

“If” is a little word that we cannot ignore. The question is: Will God's people believe him and be willing to make prayer and repentance an important part of their spiritual lives? The right prayers and the right thoughts are God's solution to our nation's problems. God wants us to believe him, trust him and obey him.

Annette Mains


CHEERS to Marcus Washington, classified staff member at Study Elementary School, for his outpouring of generosity and positive spirit not only to the student body, but to all the staff he works with. He showed his generosity to our emotional disability classrooms by ensuring the opportunity to create necklaces and bracelets for the students' mothers on Mother's Day. This helped one of our staff members in getting her jewelry business off the ground. In addition, he made sure children received all the resources and motivational tools necessary to succeed in the classroom.

Words cannot express our deep appreciation and gratitude for all he has done for us.



Fort Wayne

Immigration concerns part of wrong debate

I have some questions about the current immigration controversy.

Where was all this moral outrage and activism when we were traumatizing millions of children with unnecessary war?

Are children in the Americas more precious than children in the Mideast and Africa?

Why don't people realize that “migration” is just a symptom of real problems of overpopulation?

Why do many people who support open borders oppose non-abortifacient contraception?

Why do Republicans who want to control immigration oppose international family planning?

Why don't Americans realize that Mexico is in violation of International Refugee Law for not sheltering their Central American neighbors?

We will soon have 8 billion people on our rapidly warming planet. Migration and immigration are not the answer to overpopulation. We are having the wrong debate.


Fort Wayne

Women stepping up for cancer awareness

“You've come a long way, ladies.”

When I started promoting colonoscopies to honor my Linda's last wishes, very few women wanted to talk about it. In fact, I could count them on two hands (even less from men). We kept the message coming for almost two years now, and the responses are amazing. By the time of my Linda's viewing, we had45 people who committed to getting a colonoscopy (I was ecstatic). Almost two years later, we now have had more than 1,000 (I'm in pig heaven).

More than 90 percent of the responses are from ladies who have had the procedure done or talked to their spouse, partner, kids, friends and even their community about listening to their doctor if he indicates it is necessary.

Ladies, you are helping to bring this killer – colon cancer – out of the closet, just as you did with breast cancer, and showing that it is not something to hide. Instead, it is something we need to eradicate with education and early detection.

As I said, “You've come a long way, ladies.” Thank you for your drive and dedication to help eliminate cancer of all kinds. I will keep doing my part, too!

Jerry Vandeveer

Fort Wayne

Tech graduation stirs memories

I am writing  to let your readers and the public know what a grand time was had by one and all on May 12 at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. It was the spring graduation commencement exercises of Indiana Tech's Fort Wayne campus.

Graduates of the two-, four-year and the masters and the doctoral programs were bestowed their diplomas by the president of Indiana Tech.

As a reminder of the day's events, the classmates were each presented with a carefully prepared gift bag. To mark the beginning of the event, the graduates marched down the hall in unison to their assigned seats to live music – a special version of “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Awards and speeches were made by the board members and president of Indiana Tech. This led up to the day's special guest speaker: the honorable Rev. Charles Harrison, also founder of the nonprofit, anti-crime program based in Indianapolis – The Ten Point Coalition.

A few highlights from his speech were the words “thank a friend, a family member or someone who supported you these years,” “we didn't get this far in life by ourselves,” and “use your talents, gifts and skills from God to make the world and your community a better place.”

Outside the weather was cloudy, wet, dark, damp and cold, but inside spirits were high and alive, knowing that the future held a bright promise and that all the years of hard work and persistence had finally paid off.

Lastly, I would like to thank the folks at Indiana Tech, the Coliseum and the citizens of Allen County for their energetic and enthusiastic “Hoosier hospitality.” The event brought back many fond memories from my years of working as a social service director at Woodview Health Care in a simpler time in life – the Three Rivers Festival, Johnny Appleseed Festival, the Jaycees and the St. Charles Young Adults.

Mark Hummer


Left can't give Trump his due on summit

I think it is a sure bet that had President Barack Obama met with the North Koreans, the liberal left and their media buddies would be demanding he receive another Nobel Peace Prize.

But, since this was President Donald Trump's historic accomplishment, all one heard from the liberal left and their media conspirators was negative nit-picking nonsense.

But that's just par for the course from that bunch anymore.

Warren Mead