The Journal Gazette
Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:00 am


Motorcycle helmets vital safety component

Three people have recently wrecked their motorcycles and not lived through it. One was a friend of ours. His bike was hit by a vehicle being driven by a person who may not have been paying attention or was simply in a position that bike and rider could not be seen until it was too late.

Severe damage occurred to the left side of his head, and lesser damage to the right, resulting in his demise. During the time in the hospital, he had seizures. This was a case of death being preferable to living the rest of his life in a vegetative state.

Going back a few years, actor Gary Busey fought the helmet law in California tooth and nail to prevent its passage. After crashing and nearly dying, he reversed course and decided  helmets are a good idea.

Hair and skin do not hold up well when in contact with road surfaces, trees and other hard objects without some sort of reinforcement.

If you are absolutely prescient and know for certain  you will never wreck or be wrecked while on your bike, go for it.

Our sympathies go out to the families who have lost loved ones from these accidents.


Fort Wayne

Overflow slows drivers

Complaints about trash pickup are popular. Except a good deal of the problem is self-inflicted: All the time and in all types of neighborhoods, I see piles of extra trash sitting next to the “official” trash bin. That means the driver has to get out of the cab and load all the extra trash in the bin, go back to the cab and repeat. The solution would be to require all trash be put in the bin, or get a second bin.

Siegfried Schauffele

Fort Wayne

This president's actions dishonor the office

In his July 7 letter, Dave Cooper takes issue with U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe's foul-mouthed refusal to visit the Trump White House. Cooper states it would be an honor to meet the president, even one with whom you disagree. In these two points, I agree with Cooper: I don't care for Rapinoe's language and, as an American, I would be honored to meet the president in almost any case.

But in this case, we have a president who, to begin with, is an inarticulate, uninformed bumbler. He often responds to criticisms with name-calling and unpresidential tweets, many of which are full of inaccuracies and read as though they were written by an 11-year-old. According to a number of news and fact-checking organizations, this president has made more than 10,000 false or misleading statements.

He has snuggled up to some of the world's worst dictators while turning a cold shoulder to many of our longtime allies. This president has dishonored the office of the presidency and the White House far more than one athlete's R-rated comment. Along with Rapinoe, I would find it difficult to meet our current president and feel any honor or national pride.

Lastly, Cooper stated that he hoped that the U.S. women's soccer team would lose 100-0. As we all know by now, our women beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final and are once again World Cup champions, and that makes me happy. Go USA!

Dan Klopfenstein

Fort Wayne

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