The Journal Gazette
Monday, February 10, 2020 1:00 am


Is it any wonder youth are so angry?

Music, song and dance are traditional cultural means to express celebration, reverence and protest. Each generation makes use of these arts to make a distinctive statement about themselves and their times.

With that in mind, I tuned in to this year's Grammys to see what the younger generation feels about their present. I watched about 45 minutes of what I considered glaring costumes, frenzied dancing and intense lyrics that were at once angry and desperate. I didn't know what to think. I spent a restless night trying to make sense of the spectacle.

In the morning I took account of the world I took a part in creating for our children. Twenty years and counting of continuous war with enemies of our own making; the West Coast on fire in early autumn and a continent on fire now and the response from the White House is to insult the youthful spokesperson demanding action to avert climate catastrophe; a president who not only lies but lies again to deny his lie; serial school shootings which evoke 'thoughts and prayers” but nothing else from a Congress with no principles; a community of faith whose only moral concern is its fixation on repealing the legality of reproductive rights; disguised racism in the form of mass incarceration and police brutality; all of which constitute an abandonment of our children for them to face unprepared and alone an existential crisis not of their making.

Hmm, would they be satisfied with a growing economy with “good-paying” jobs? That seems all we can think of to offer them.

Chester Baran

Fort Wayne

Grateful Alley Kats

I want to give a very warm and giving thank you to the Fire & Lights Academy for inviting the Alley Kats Dance Troupe to dance for the “Music Man” production Jan. 17 and 18.

Linda Mullenhour

Director of the Alley Kats

Fort Wayne

Braun taking the lead on vital climate issues

In support of Sen. Mike Braun's strong call for climate action, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security. Sixty-four senior U.S. military and security leaders have endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It's signed by more than 20 admirals and generals, including Rear Adm. David Titley, former oceanographer and navigator of the Navy; and Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former chief of staff of the Army.

This comprehensive report states that increases in extreme weather “can devastate essential energy, financial and agricultural centers that undergird U.S. and global economic viability and the well-being of our populations.” It calls for initiatives to improve the resilience of our critical infrastructure and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and globally in order to avoid “catastrophic security consequences.”

Braun should be commended for speaking out on this issue and for co-founding the Senate's bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. Urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions and funding adaptation should be top priorities for every politician who is concerned about national security and global stability.

Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin 

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