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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 04, 2019 1:00 am

Letters

Police actions cost them citizens' respect

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne and have always been proud of the police department. There has never been anything like you hear about in other towns.

Now the police have broken my heart, after I read what they did to Bronce Thomas and his child (“Complaint filed after police target wrong man,” Feb. 24).

I know the police have a hard job, but this sure was the worst example in what these officers did to this man and his child. Then they want respect?

Blessings to Bronce Thomas and his child. I hope the department does something about this.

Gloria J. Nimtz

Columbia City

Tax hike would aid anti-smoking effort

Historically, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has lobbied for continued research and increased spending to address health disparities in minority communities and support for health and wellness programs for the African-American community. The sorority also supports the Raise It For Health Campaign and encourages the General Assembly to increase the cigarette tax.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking at an older age, but they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites. African- Americans also attempt to quit more than other populations, but are less likely to be successful. This is possibly due to lower utilization of cessation programs and effective prevention messages. 

Smoking costs the state more than $7.6 billion a year in health care expenses, productivity losses and premature death. Tobacco prevention and cessation experts agree that raising the cost of cigarettes will significantly reduce smoking and generate the needed revenue to implement intervention programs to address drug addiction and infant mortality.

Research also demonstrates that community support and involvement are necessary to implement effective tobacco prevention and cessation. This is an opportunity to bring back interventions such as Not In Mama's House, a culturally tailored program to educate on the deadly consequences of secondhand smoke. The increase in funds would help position Indiana as a leader of innovative public health policy.

The Indiana chapters support closing the health disparity gap as well as improving health outcomes for all Hoosiers. This starts with a common-sense cigarette tax and comprehensive tobacco control programs. Let's take a stand and support reducing smoking in our state.

Stephanie Terry

Indiana state coordinator, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Concordia's 'Newsies' had professional touch

All those who attended “Newsies” at Concordia Lutheran High School were treated to a superiorly professional musical. There were 80 cast members who filled the stage with acting, song and dance as good as in the Chicago version.

The director and head of the drama department at Concordia, Chris Murphy, brought out every bit of talent the young students had to give. Not only that, the student band accompanied the cast with fantastic music to complete the entertainment package. Too bad that the rest of Fort Wayne could not have seen it. Both performances had packed houses.

Congratulations to cast, crew, musicians and Mr. Murphy for a fantastic musical show!!

Judith A. Cox

Fort Wayne