Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:00 am
Still no good rationale for IPFW's split
This is an open letter to the presidents of Indiana and Purdue universities, their boards of trustees, the Higher Learning Commission, and state Sen. David Long. It is written on behalf of the nearly 60,000 IPFW alums, the thousands of present and past IPFW employees and the citizens of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.
Now that the formal split of the two institutions has occurred, I wonder why we have never received a legitimate answer to the question of why. We were told early on that this split would be better for students and the community. When pressed on how, we were told we would see as the division became a reality. As of yet, I have failed to see how it is a better option.
In full disclosure, I graduated with two degrees from IPFW (purists will say I have two degrees from IU Fort Wayne, but I feel differently), and I worked at IPFW for nearly 35 years, trying to make the two institutions appear to be one and to allow students to seamlessly attend, take classes, change majors, get transcripts and graduate. For the past 54 years we praised the Kettlers, the Neffs, the Helmkes and the Walbs for being forward-thinkers and planners as they took the risk to purchase land that was at the dead-end of Anthony Boulevard at the time and bring two great Big Ten institutions together on a single piece of property to offer classes and degrees.
I believed and still believe we did a very good job of implementing what these leaders envisioned when they purchased the property. So I ask again, how is this separation better for students and better for the community? The formal split is here, and I haven't yet been enlightened.
Daniel L. Gebhart
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if, instead of hiding in a closet or cowering behind a desk, those confronted by an active shooter would just start throwing things at him/her.
Lots of good things are on desks: staplers, tape dispensers, just grab anything handy. I carry around 10 to 15 pounds of things good for throwing in my purse alone. All women do.
The perp would instinctively duck, allowing for him/her to be mobbed by the intended victims.
Political disputes feeling like return to racism
Recently, two incidents went viral as a result of people not liking someone who holds a different political view. Both were unnecessary and caused a wall of separation between the two sides.
First there was the incident at the Red Hen Restaurant involving White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family.
Several employees at the restaurant claimed that they did not feel comfortable with her eating there so they notified the owner. The owner agreed and asked the guests to leave even though they had not caused a disturbance.
We next heard about a sitting member of Congress speaking to a crowd of supporters, asking them to harass anyone associated with the Trump administration when they are spotted out and about. I'm talking about Rep. Maxine Waters of California.
It is obvious that both of these incidents resemble the old Jim Crow days, and are an affront to the American dream.
America seems to be returning to the pre-civil rights days of denying service in an establishment or harassing someone because they are different than someone thinks they should be. This time it's based on politics, but it really isn't any different than racism.
Americans need to put our differences aside and work toward a common goal of unity, economic growth and a strong, united nation.
We are headed downhill from Martin Luther King Jr.'s mountain, and it is hurting our nation. Besides, these actions are likely to endanger lives.
It's time to stop fighting one another and to join hands to make the dream of unity come true.
Let's fight our battles at the ballot box, not against one another.
EMERY W. McCLENDON