The Journal Gazette
Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Residents contributing to trash troubles

I have had problems with trash pickup, as have many others. But part of the problem is with the citizens putting out trash.

Signage on the recycle bins says bins must be 3 feet apart. I often see in my addition and others that the bins are right next to each other with no space between. This means the driver must get out, move the bins to pick up, then put them back. I timed this and it takes more than a minute usually to do this. If this happens 60 times in a day, the driver is an hour behind – and I am guessing it is well over 60 in a day.

It is marked on the bin that the tub opening must be toward the street, yet often the bins are backward.

As much as possible, we need to follow instructions to make the pickup faster and more efficient. This might well cut down on missed pickups as the drivers can do more in a day without the constant getting out of the truck to reposition the bins.

Trash pickup is not an easy job, so it would be nice to make an effort to make it easier on the drivers.

Richard Lafferty

Fort Wayne

Tourneys in city helped unite world

The journey to Tokyo is one countless athletes dream about as the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games draw near. For hundreds of international athletes, that journey began in Fort Wayne during the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation Goalball & Judo International Qualifier.

This competition called for unprecedented support from the community – a calling our community answered with a passion and commitment that only our version of Hoosier Hospitality could produce.

Filling more than 1,400 volunteer shifts totaling nearly 6,000 hours overtwo weeks of activity, well over 700 volunteers came alongside more than 600 international guests to make the event possible.

Co-hosted by Turnstone Center, the United States Association of Blind Athletes and the International Blind Sports Federation, this event would not have been possible without the participation of our entire community.

The proud display of local support was capped off by a full house of fans cheering on the USA Women's Goalball team against the People's Republic of China in the gold medal game. Fort Wayne, the “home of USA goalball,” became the “home of dreams recognized” with four international goalball teams earning their ticket to Tokyo and numerous judo athletes one step closer to representing their countries in the most prestigious of sport competitions.

Local and national collaboration succeeded in making this event a success.

Business leaders and our partners, including state and local government, Visit Fort Wayne and groups and individuals too numerous to mention contributed. From setup and teardown, to transportation, competition support and more, the hours given by volunteers proved critical in demonstrating that Fort Wayne and Indiana are committed to welcoming, respecting and celebrating people of all abilities. This deeply rooted attitude continues to lead the way in the Paralympic movement and in transforming the attitudes toward people with disabilities around the world.

Michael Mushett

CEO, Turnstone

Can we not hear God in cries of refugees?

On June 27, before Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, crossed the border of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, he made a statement that cuts to the depth of our hearts – unless we also count ourselves among those who suffer from “a life-threatening case of hardening of the heart.”

Bishop Seitz questions the state of the soul of our country if we close our eyes to what we see and hear on television and read in our newspapers and smartphones daily.

I was privileged to assist our brothers and sisters fleeing their countries because of violence, poverty and inhumane conditions. I spent one month working under the auspices of Annunciation House in El Paso, a place of refuge and welcome for those who come to our southern border seeking refuge in a country they hoped would provide them opportunities to better their lives and the lives of their children.

It has been almost six months since I was in El Paso; it seems the situation has worsened since I was there. Why is this happening? Because we have decided these aliens and illegals are not our neighbors. They have no right to save their children from violence or malnutrition.

They have no right to a job or to support their families. They have no right to reunite with family.

We can see plainly that this government and this society are not well. We suffer from a life-threatening case of hardening of the heart.

Bishop Seitz goes on to say in his statement: “We Americans need our hearts checked. Our hearts have grown too cold and too hard, and that bodes ill for the health of our nation.” 

For those of us who still believe that God is among us, we believe that God comes to us in the stranger, the alien, the illegal. Can we hear the cry of the poor?

Sister Lucille Martinez

Vice president, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters


Dems lose support in not supporting Trump

I have voted for people in both parties. I try to vote for the person, not the party. But lately I can't do that.

Senators and House members are elected to help the president run the country. But now all the Democrats do is moan and groan about Donald Trump.

They were elected to help the president, but they aren't doing that. All they do is bad mouth Trump.

Suck it up – Trump is our president. Do your job instead of being wimps and moaning and groaning. If you can't do the job you were elected for, get out.

I hate to turn on TV; all I see are Democrats crying.

Since this display, it will be a cold day when I vote for another Democrat.

Ned Calvin

Fort Wayne

Migrant mistreatment detracts from US pride

Shaun Brattain (“Independence Day, 2019,” July 2) speaks to the hearts of all who are outraged over our government's callous mistreatment of people who risk everything to reach our country, only to be treated like criminals and have their children snatched away to be housed in inhuman conditions, with absolutely no accountability on their location or viable plans for reuniting them with relatives.

This reality cannot be obscured by tanks rolling down D.C. streets, air shows above or boastful bombast celebrating our “glorious” Fourth of July.

Shirley A. Glade

North Manchester

We can be free of religion's divisiveness

As we celebrate the freedom we have as American citizens, I personally am celebrating my right to freedom from religion.

The first line of the First Amendment to the Constitution, before free speech or the right to assembly, is the establishment clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The U.S. has no official established religion, by design. Our citizens have the right to exercise whatever religion they choose, or to not choose religion at all.

Religion is one of the oldest and greatest divisive forces on earth. Religion immediately divides people into us and them, those who believe the way we do or the people who don't.

I'm thankful I live in a country where I am free from that nonsense. The Bible has no more authority in my life than the laws of Zeus, or the dictates of Ra the sun god or any of the other myriad gods people have been inventing since the dawn of history. In God we trust? I don't think so.

So celebrate freedom, read the Constitution. Keep trying to “form a more perfect Union,” keep trying to “establish justice,” but don't fool yourself into thinking that religion is going to “insure domestic tranquility.”

Brad Huff

Fort Wayne

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