The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:00 am


Keep communication free of confusion

Effective communication is about more than just the exchange of information. It's about understanding what's being conveyed.

The average person has been given an enormous amount of information concerning COVID-19. How do we really know what to make of this? We don't!

Communicating means always checking your facts to make sure you have them correct to the best of your ability. If you don't know something, just say so.

Let's learn to communicate better. Be respectful when communicating, in a kind and graceful way. Learn to express your thoughts and remember to listen in a way that gives full meaning of what's being said. Keep things as simple as possible so confusion isn't part of the communications.

Jesus communicated well with everyone. He was well understood.

Debbie Feighner

Fort Wayne

Nonsensical price gouging

I agree with Ralph Klinker's letter on the greed of CEOs of oil companies (May 9). I have seen the price of gas go up 70 cents a gallon in the past three weeks.

Everyone knows there is no justification for this. The price of oil is still low, demand is still low (nobody is driving) and people aren't even back to work yet. But the greedy oil companies want to get all their money back in one shot.

I hope our government does not bail out these greedy companies; all they do is prey on the poor and needy.

Somebody needs to monitor this as people get back to work. We have enough problems to worry about. We don't need to worry about the price of gas.

Let's get people back to work the right way.

Paul Rowan


Grateful for sweeping, locally sourced journalism

Temporarily in Fort Wayne to look after my 96-year-old mother, I read as I always do when visiting The Journal Gazette.

The Journal has been landing on my mother's doorstep for almost 80 years now, and she still starts every day by a thorough page-by-page examination. I have to get up early to beat her to it.

I write to thank you for today's Perspective and Opinion sections (May 12).

Growing up, we were fortunate to count the Inskeep family among our childhood friends and neighbors. It is heartwarming to see them maintain control of the paper throughout an era when most such broadsheets have failed across the country or been subsumed within corporations. This organization has retained a commitment to local news within a national and international context, and continues to perform as an important contributor to life in Fort Wayne and Indiana.

The aforementioned sections dealt with some of the most pressing issues of our day. Thanks to John Crisp, a Texan writing about racism and gun control; Fran Quigley, a Hoosier legal academic writing about Gov Holcomb's misinformation regarding Hoosier rights upon going back to work; Doug Marsh, a local pharmaceutical professional, writing about truth in times of crisis, and referring to Richard Gunderman, a Hoosier chancellor and professor of medicine who conjured up Roger Bacon, who sought the eradication of error for the improvement of human life. Further thanks to the editorial board for their piece on the real danger of untreatable medical conditions being lost and uncounted in the whirlwind of the pandemic.

Here's to another 80 years of local news, the pursuit of truth and local control.

Mark Rudolph

Hornbaek, Denmark

Letters deadline

Letters related to the June 2 primary election must be received by noon Friday to be considered for publication. 


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