The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 1:00 am


Trump's critics in Congress look like hypocrites

I consider myself a right-wing conservative Christian who served four honorable years in the Navy. I've always paid my taxes on time and felt it a privilege to have been born in a country where everyone is free to express their opinion.

But sometimes we would get individuals aboard ship whose ideas about discipline and hygiene ran counter to the status quo and would invariably disrupt the everyday duties of the crew, whose ultimate responsibilities were to make sure the ship's mission was never compromised or put in harm's way.

There has always been a long-standing tradition in the military as to how to deal with these kinds of individuals. They were always given two choices: Either they could shape up or be shipped out. If I myself should ever express displeasure over the way our form of democracy worked, then I would and could expect harsh criticism from my patriotic peers.

There are some in Congress who have vowed never to be lured into Trump's wily ways, yet it is evident by their own rhetoric they have already lost any semblance of controlling their own emotions.

I have to admit that Trump's own rhetoric has brought out the worst in some people, but if Trump had not been elected, these people would have never shown us their true colors and become mirror images of the very same things they accuse Trump of being. It is also overtly evident that their hatred for Trump is thicker than jam on toast, which, in most cases, is contrary to some of their own religious beliefs.

Larry R. Reynard

Fort Wayne

Low gun death rate shows benefit of New Zealand laws

Eric Beebe's letter (“Gun laws' value disproven after recent massacre,” July 26) claims that New Zealand's commonsense laws restricting firearms were ineffective because they did not prevent the Christchurch mosque massacre and, therefore, they would not be effective in the United States.

What he failed to mention is that, under the gun laws prior to the massacre and adjusted for population, there were 23 gun homicides in the United States for every single gun homicide in New Zealand. Let that sink in — not 23% more, or twice as many, but 23 times as many. Specifically, the United States had a gun homicide rate of 4.46 per 100,000 population in contrast to a rate of only 0.187 in New Zealand.

It should be noted that New Zealand is not an outlier. Most developed countries have commonsense gun laws and a rate less than 0.50. I would urge the writer to focus less on trying to denigrate New Zealand as a so-called “liberal Democrat's paradise of gun laws” and more on critical thinking.

Mark Temte

Fort Wayne

Tom Henry has long history of commitment to city

Mayor Tom Henry has roots that run deep in this city, having been born and raised here and educated here, worked here and raised his own family here.

He knows what is important to this city and is committed to the progress being accomplished by the many investors who are bringing new jobs to Fort Wayne. Many construction projects are underway and the city is attracting more young people every month.

I don't think we should change horses mid-stream and elect Tim Smith, who might just be a “carpetbagger.”

Amanda Baker

Fort Wayne

Mourning a lifelong friend

On July 27, I witnessed the burial of my lifelong neighbor, friend and fellow Christian, Bob Scheumann. He was also a World War II veteran who was wounded in the war. He received a Purple Heart, along with many other medals.

He was 98 years old and also a good family man and a good Christian. To be a Christian is to believe in Jesus as your Savior. There is no doubt in my mind I will see him again. Until then, I'll just say goodbye, Bob, I'll see you again. Your friend,



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