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  • Rachel Von Stroup | The Journal Gazette Bob Jones, who is portraying "Mad" Anthony Wayne, speaks during the Tribute to Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne at the statue in Freimann Square on the first-ever General "Mad" Anthony Wayne day in Fort Wayne, IN on Tuesday July 16, 2019.

Monday, July 29, 2019 1:00 am

Letters

Catholics take a stand on behalf of migrants

My eyes brimmed with tears, and my heart swelled with pride, as I read that a 90-year-old nun was among the 70 immigration activists arrested on Capitol Hill July 18.

Priests, nuns and laypeople gathered for the “Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children” – advocating for the “least of our brothers and sisters” and protesting the appalling treatment of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border.

May our country show mercy and compassion to the forgotten, oppressed and downcast. The people at our border are our brothers and sisters, many fleeing extreme poverty, violence and persecution.

May we open our hearts, speak up and defend the rights of the poor and needy at our southern border.

Lorrie Sordelet

Fort Wayne

Well-done Wayne day offered fitting tribute

A July 16†editorial dealt with the city celebrating the first Gen. Anthony Wayne Day. Being a lifelong student of local history, I felt compelled to address a few of the errors in that editorial.

City Council passed the resolution declaring July 16 General Anthony Wayne day this year, not last. That meant the various groups and committees had roughly five months to plan events all across the city. An important step was the extension of multiple offers to the Miami Nation to join in planning, ensuring their voices would be heard and offering them what I believe would have been a valuable stage upon which they could share their perspectives and their cultural history. Every invitation was declined.

If the author of the editorial had contacted those planning the event or researched the scheduled events for the day, they would have discovered that several noted historians were present and included during†the†planning process. One historian lamented†that the statue of Little Turtle isn't featured more prominently;†I agree.

The frontier undoubtedly had a complicated and bloody history, with numerous atrocities on both sides. There is not a single person in human history who is blameless, especially when viewed through the more focused lens of a society that has grown increasingly enlightened. The place of a true historian isn't to judge, but to impartially unravel the facts and causes surrounding a particular conflict to better understand it so that we, as a society, might never have to repeat the same mistakes or injustices.

I believe the city's first General Anthony Wayne Day was a great success that helped bring our local history into the spotlight in a fun, non-confrontational manner. Sometimes it is the victor who gets to write the history. But sometimes, those writing it are the ones who actually showed up to have the conversations necessary to fully understand it.

Sťafra Duffy

Fort Wayne

Troubling D.C. symptoms

It seems our country is watching a president showing signs of impaired brain function. Could this be clogged arteries from too much fast food? Also, there appears to be a syndrome affecting many members of the Senate. Their heads bobble but their voices don't seem to work. Is this the bobblehead syndrome? Could the cure be in the next election?

MaryJane Coursen

Fort Wayne