The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:00 am


Pandemic an argument for universal health care

Will the USA's lack of universal health care cost you your life?

With coronavirus on the rise in most U.S. communities, tens of millions of people may not seek medical attention because they are uninsured or undocumented and fearful of exposure. That could cost you your life

Maybe you should reassess your position and support universal health insurance (like the majority of the world has). Just because you have insurance, understand that it cannot keep you safe from germs and viruses in an untreated society.

John Gospodarek

Fort Wayne

Candidate dedicated to human dignity

Recently, the General Assembly passed the fetal remains bill, Senate Bill 299. 

SB 299 ensures that women have the right and necessary information to insist on the humane disposal of their aborted babies. This is consistent with Indiana's long-standing public policy recognizing the dignity of every human life. Ensuring proper disposal of human remains is an important aspect in reaffirming the sanctity of all human life.

Last year Hoosiers were shocked when the remains of more than 2,400 aborted babies were found in the home and car of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Klopfer performed abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. SB 299 prevents abortion providers like Klopfer from flippantly treating remains like a commodity by requiring an accounting of the remains of every aborted baby when it is transported.

The first section of our state constitution declares that “all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life ...” Our constitution recognizes that every life has value because every person is made in the image of God. As the constitution recognizes the dignity of each person in life, SB 299 honors the dignity of each person in death.

As we acknowledge the diligent work of the General Assembly, we must also recognize that bills such as SB 299 may be challenged in court. Indiana deserves an attorney general who can clearly articulate the fundamental principles motivating these laws and who has the conviction and dedication to defend them all the way to the United States Supreme Court. If elected attorney general, I will faithfully defend Indiana's laws that affirm the dignity of life.

John Westercamp

Republican candidate for Indiana attorney general

Tainted money behind GOP's efforts

It has been reported that unsupervised virtual charter schools stole millions from our state. It was also reported that these schools donate heavily to Republican leaders in the Statehouse.

Senate Pro Tem Rodric Bray was one of many receiving this ill-gotten money. According to, Bray donated $6,500 to Huntington Republican Sen. Andy Zay. Is Zay planning on keeping the stolen money given to him? Is he going to encourage Bray to return his stolen money as well? 

The money being used to further Republican tomfoolery is stolen. Zay can show his support for the public by returning the state's money and encouraging his bosses who give it to him to return it as well. Bring some dignity back to the Statehouse.

Joyce Bentz


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