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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 06, 2019 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Library's culling a disturbing trend

It was at first with great interest that quickly turned to anger that I read the recent article about the Allen County Public Library losing 1.4 million books.

I have been a lover of books my whole life and am a lifetime supporter of any library. I was disturbed by how the library has lost track of so many books and then to read the comments of Greta Southard, who I felt had a very flippant attitude about it.

I have been shocked at my last several visits to the Waynedale branch to see all the empty space on the shelves. There have been many times I picked out a book because I saw it on the shelf. I'm not able to do that now because the shelves are virtually empty.

I would like to know how many people and how they were chosen to take the survey referenced in the article. I am also angered by the comment that “the local library was never intended to be a research library.” I don't know what kind of research she is referring to, but I know that I continue to use the library as a place to do research. I suffered a stroke last March and my daughter, wife and I used the library to do research on that subject. How are students going to do research for papers for school? Oh, I forgot, there is always the Internet; that is just full of correct “research” material.

When the library had a funding request on the ballot several years ago, all of my family fully supported that request. I hope the library never has to come for more money because in light of this article and “new” thinking, they will not get our support again.

I have always happily paid overdue fines because I felt it helped the library in a tiny way. No more. You can be sure that all the materials I take out will be returned on time every time.

Larry Davis

Fort Wayne

Library always meant as book repository

Is the library going the way of the dodo bird?

I was horrified to read the allegation that 1.4 million items were removed from the library's holdings. I can understand removing outdated or damaged volumes, but obviously that doesn't cover 1.4 million items.

How many millions in public money was spent on these items? Has the public no say in this matter?

The downtown library cost $60 million. Did the taxpayers spend this money for a large building to house DVDs and CDs? What's going to happen when DVDs and CDs are replaced by downloading and streaming? Is the library to become a cavernous meeting room for community events?

It will be a sad day when there are no books left in the library.

Sherry Striggle

Fort Wayne 

GOP financing stance reeks of hypocrisy

I was reading the front page of The Journal Gazette when I came across Attorney General Curtis Hill's opinion on the legality of Fort Wayne's pay-to-play ordinance (Dec. 20). This bill was sponsored and passed by the Republican majority on the City Council.

Didn't Republicans in the House and Senate celebrate the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that opened the gates for unlimited campaign contributions? Does this not strike you as somewhat hypocritical and, according to the wording in Citizens United, an infringement on free speech?

I know Republicans believe themselves to be the party ofJudeo-Christian values. Remember, Jesus' most stringent comments were directed at hypocrites.

Jimmy Fincher

Fort Wayne

Redone rooms integral to Bass Mansion

Recently there have been two letters regarding the use of several rooms at the Bass Mansion, Brookside, for office space. The use of these rooms is not because the University of Saint Francis has need for additional space where these offices could be relocated but because the Bass Mansion is a living and breathing building that once was the home of the Bass family and has become the focal point of the University of Saint Francis.

By keeping several small offices in the building, they keep the building alive with people coming to meet and conduct the business of the university there. These offices are out of the way, many in small, unused rooms.

I once had a meeting with Sister Elise in a beautifully preserved room on the second floor. Even though the room had originally been a bedroom, it had a table for us to hold our meeting. There was a picture of what the room looked like when the Bass family lived there. What a useful purpose for this room.

The university has invested an extensive amount of money to restore the building/home to its original grandeur and has successfully achieved that goal.

Sister Elise has led the way for the University of Saint Francis to be a prominent educational institution. The city of Fort Wayne is fortunate to have such a beautifully preserved home/building and such a highly ranked educational institute.

Catherine A. Simonds

Fort Wayne

Trump misdeeds start to take their toll

As the 116th Congress opens, the electoral clock has begun running down on the Trump presidency. Its progress is as inexorable as its logic: It is increasingly unlikely that President Trump will finish his first term.

Richard M. Nixon was no quitter, but he had no choice. Nor does Donald Trump. The prospect of impeachment will become a Damocles sword swinging ever closer to him and congressional Republicans in the impending 2020 elections.

Day by day, week by week, Trump will suffer political death by a thousand cuts as the House Democrats mete out their investigations while the Mueller investigation tightens its noose. They do not need to hurry; time is their ally.

It will not be pretty. House Democrats need not impeach him; they can be content to watch the president's political corpse twist slowly in the wind. 

The logic of the situation is clear: Like Richard Nixon, Trump must resign in time for his vice president to pardon him. And the longer he procrastinates, the more ruinous the electoral calculus for the national Republican Party. 

Mike Pence, of course, can no more escape this inexorable logic than could Nixon's vice president, Gerald Ford. The sword hangs above him as well. He can scarcely expect to pardon the current occupant of the highest office in the land and hope to be elected as his successor. Have the two not been joined at the political hip for nearly three long years?

Nixon's demise was ultimately sealed by senior Republicans in Congress, the old guard who came to the final conclusion that the foundering presidential ship could not be saved. 

Today's Democratic House leaders can impeach this crippled president any time they wish, but why should they hurry? It is only a matter of time before a handful of Republican senators finally decide to try to salvage what remains of their careers and throw down the gauntlet to the president: he must resign or they will join Senate Democrats to convict him of high crimes and misdemeanors.

Trump will, of course, still have to face multiple charges of fraud and other improprieties in Virginia, Maryland and New York, but his lawyers will no doubt string out those cases. It will not be pretty, but it will ultimately be old news.

John T. Moore

Fort Wayne

Drive-up kindness repaid multiple times

I want to thank the person who was driving the vintage treasure car at the McDonald's drive-up. You made my day when I tried to pay for my breakfast and was told it had already been paid. I have since then paid for other people's meals, and this has made me feel better each time.

Walter Polston

Fort Wayne