The Journal Gazette
Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 am


Permissive parenting leads to school violence

Watching the first Democratic debate was interesting, especially how many times the words “give” and “gave” were used as candidates touted their perceived accomplishments.

On the topic of school violence, I was impressed when one candidate (too many to remember which one) stated that “most acts have been and are being committed by school kids.” This fact, and the reasons for it, is the basis of what I have been espousing for several years.

What is different these past 20 to 30 years when school violence has become so much more prolific?

School facilities are incredibly improved. I know because I build them. Administrators hold doctoral degrees. Teachers are still highly dedicated, hard-working professionals trying their best to do a great job. Kids have more opportunity than ever. It seems schools should be in great position for the future.

In my opinion the only major changes are the makeup of the American family and the liberalism of child rearing. I sense we are now reaping what we have sown as these generations have been brought up with too little demanded of them, too many awards handed out for accomplishing nothing except competing. An unstable child from these circumstances encounters a situation he has not had to deal with, and has not been disciplined to deal with adversity, does the trendy thing and goes to school to kill people.

Let us please start to address these issues from their root cause. It may take years to reverse the trend, but with the support of solid families, reasonable discipline and the help of God, we can do it.

Steve Sipe

Fort Wayne

Touching tale

Kudos to Rick Ervin of Churubusco. His story about Lucy the dog and longtime friend in their daily walks of many years was such a touching, heartwarming story.

Mr. Ervin, has a gift for writing. Has he ever thought about becoming an author?

Phyllis M. Lesh


Questions to ponder on righting history's wrongs

Every so often the subject of reparations comes up; now is apparently the time to again ponder the issue. Recognizing we are more than a century and a half away from when slavery was abolished, it's a situation where the aggrieved and the tortfeasors are long since dead. So I have these questions:

1) How is it established who receives funds? Are blacks who have no ancestors who were slaves in America eligible? If so, why?

2) How is it determined who actually pays the damages? Are non-blacks with no connection to slavery expected to pay? If so, why?

3) Will blacks with ties to American slavery be forced to pay the descendants of Union soldiers who fought and in many cases died to abolish slavery?

4) What weight, if any, is given to the fact that every descendant of slavery has benefited from the atrocity? It would be hard to argue that any living person would have been better off had their ancestors stayed in Africa vs. the current conditions in the U.S.

5) What is the statute of limitations? Why shouldn't future generations also have a right to the windfall?

6) Will we be collecting reparations from the descendants of African warlords who sold slaves to the traders?

7) Is there any reason that descendants of Native Americans be barred from collecting from the descendants of European settlers?

8) Can Americans of Italian ancestry seek reparations from the barbarians who overran Rome?

9) Can Americans of Polish descent seek reparations from Russian or German descendants of invaders?

If we are going to right history's wrongs, let's get the comprehensive list and do it all at once.

Mike Larkin

Fort Wayne

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