The Journal Gazette
Sunday, February 09, 2020 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Internship network yielding results

In the waning hours of 2019, Indiana INTERNnet officially reached the milestone of 10,000 completed internships between its students and employers. The true number is likely quite a bit higher as post-internship followup pales in comparison to actual connections and experiences.

But the number is significant. That's 10,000 opportunities for students and others to learn about Indiana communities and careers. That's 10,000 instances of enthusiastic talent being put in place to help solve workplace challenges. And we know many of those interns became full-time employees and long-term contributors to Indiana's economic success.

The 10,000 number will grow, as will INTERNnet's offerings. Continued expansion beyond college interns will bring more high school students, as well as adults looking to advance or change careers, into the fold. We will add to the experiences, facilitating longer-term opportunities, up to and including apprenticeships. On the shorter end of the time scale, job- shadowing for students and teacher externships are on the horizon.

The same technology that has helped make the 10,000-plus internship connections possible will allow for this expansion. That is accompanied by a high-touch approach – working directly with students, employers and educators throughout the state.

Internship excellence will be celebrated through the 14th annual IMPACT Awards on Feb. 18. Even greater successes, however, are yet to come. Learn more at

Ryan Twiss

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Indiana INTERNnet board member


Mike Slocum

Indiana INTERNnet executive director

What grade does our country deserve?

Truthful people are easy to spot; they are accountable, authentic and accurate with their communication. They are brave and believable. Their bravery makes them bona fide. They exhibit concise, clear, correct candor that has great credibility. Look for the ABCs of truth in these leaders.

People of deceit will deny, deflect, distract, defer, define, delete, demonize, defame, denigrate, deemphasize and ditch in any effort to mislead. Usually in this chronological order. Consider carefully these D's of deceit and how they are tactically used by leaders.

It starts with a flat denial; it never happened. Then it morphs into a distraction: “it's a hoax, a witch hunt.” The deceit puts on a different face when it gets defined, such as a perfect call. So, it did happen; it was just a perfect call. Then evidence is deferred, such as when Fiona Hill calls out that a belief in another country doing something is pure fantasy. Next, people are demonized; they are the real problem. Ambassadors with a lifetime of service are quickly painted as incompetent and fired. Next, comes a de-emphasis – yes, it happened, but it is not wrong or illegal. Deleting people who have close knowledge of the facts is a useful tactic for the deceiver. People such as Alexander Vindman, Hill, Marie Yovanovitch, Gordon Sondland, John Bolton, William Taylor, David Holmes, Mark Sandy, George Kent and Jennifer Williams are all dismissed as not having actually seen the deceit. Finally, ditch – as in last-ditch effort. LaMar Alexander says the president is guilty of the allegation but calls the action “inappropriate.”

As a country, what do we expect from our leaders? Is it OK to falsify emissions tests to sell a million more vehicles? Do we accept that paying thousands of dollars and misrepresenting our children's scholastic achievements just to gain a “great school” rating is acceptable? Can we wink at politicians who look the other way? Can politicians wink at what we all agree is wrong?

Finally, what grade would we give our country for truth? An A, B, C or do we deserve a D? Mitt Romney might suggest an F for fake, fraud, flim-flam.

What grade do you give and what grade do you want?

Jeff Vaughan

Fort Wayne

Senators abet Trump's criminality

As we have all heard time and again, Donald Trump bragged that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. After the vote in the Senate, it appears that our senators, Todd Young and Mike Braun, along with most of their GOP peers, have loaded his gun and put a bull's-eye on Uncle Sam carrying a copy of the Constitution.

Diana Twiss

Fort Wayne

Hearing helps us experience a full life

Many of us have our favorite sounds. Maybe it is our favorite sing-along song on the car radio, or maybe it is the sound of a dog barking happily when they see a beloved face or just maybe it is the voice of a grandchild who has exciting stories to tell.

For those of us who can hear, these sounds are a part of our life; they are part of what help make us who we are, what we think and how we live our lives. Many of us likely take the ability to hear these treasured sounds for granted. It is simply an expectation we have.

Now imagine what would happen, how we would feel if all of a sudden you could no longer hear these treasured sounds. How would your life change? How would you be able to adapt to this new perceived normal in your life? Where would you turn for help?

GiveHear works to ensure that all people – regardless of their income, stage of life or other condition – have access to hearing screenings and services that allow them to maintain their self-worth and participate fully in life throughout the world around them. Through our services, we are able to help people of all ages improve their ability to hear those sounds around them that many of us take for granted.

So, the next time you hear the rain tapping on your roof, a distant train whistle or a bird chirping at the sound of a familiar voice, please remember that the ability to hear is a gift you should cherish and it is something that everyone should have so they can experience life to its fullest.

Brian White

Executive director, GiveHear

Fort Wayne

Refinements essential in library search

Searching for a book in the Allen County Public Library's new online catalog system can be frustrating.

If a book has an often-used title and/or a popular author, looking for it can be time-consuming. As an example, I looked for the No. 3 book from the current best-sellers fiction list. I typed “lost” as the search query and clicked on the button (as was done for a title search in the previous library system), and got 35,215 results (on 3,522 pages). Then I typed “james patterson” and clicked (as was done previously for an author search) and got 1,771 results (on 178 pages).

Looking through the results requires scrolling down to the bottom of the first page and clicking to get to the second, and so forth. (Unexpectedly, the system advances to the middle of the next page, so it's necessary to scroll up to the top of the page before scrolling down. Hopefully, this can be fixed in the next version of the system.) The entry for “Lost” can be anywhere in either list, so it's unpredictable how long it'll take to find it.

Fortunately, I've discovered a quicker way of looking for this book is simply typing “lost by james patterson” as the search query before clicking. This provides a short list of results because more pertinent information for the search was included. The desired book entry was at the top of the first page of results.

Elmer Kamm

Fort Wayne

Pelosi disrespectful to presidency

What a sickening display and lack of respect for the office of president of the United States was shown by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi immediately following President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday.

The president had barely finished his speech and not yet moved from the podium when Pelosi took great pains to visibly rip up the printed version of the president's speech.

She may not respect the president personally, but she must show respect for the office.

John R. Banet

Fort Wayne 

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