The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:00 am


Too-quick reopening will cause needless infection

Although deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise, many governors are opening up their states in stages. Some states already have opened too quickly.

The health experts continually warn us to maintain social distancing and wear masks. That's the least we can do to try to contain this pandemic.

I was horrified to read  that Gov. Eric Holcomb is quickly opening up Indiana. Gatherings will be limited to 25; however, churches can meet and have no limitation on gathering.

Churches are going to be the control group in testing whether cases of the virus will rise. Churchgoers will be guinea pigs in a dangerous experiment. And masks are not even mandatory.

This is not wise. The entire nation wants to get back to a more normal way of life, but as Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, “How many more deaths are you willing to risk to get back to the way of life you want?”

I can't help but think there will be a drastic rise in COVID-19 cases in Indiana in the next month or so, and it makes my heart break.

Karen Deemer

Edgerton, Ohio

Brandenberger's character that of a servant

It was a good news day when The Journal Gazette editorial board on May 7, endorsed Dr. Jon Brandenberger for Allen County coroner.

As a lifelong Democrat, it is a rare occasion when I vote for a person with an “R” behind his or her name. Voting for Dr. Brandenberger is such an occasion.

Dr. Brandenberger has been my physician for 40 years, give or take. Does that make me prejudiced? Maybe so. But it's also given me a window on the man he is: a top-drawer doctor, caring, compassionate, willing to listen. He doesn't talk in medicalese; he speaks plain-talk English. Just having an appointment with “Dr. B” makes me feel better.

I also knew him as a devoted family man and a person of deep faith.

He served two terms as coroner in the early 2000s and has also been an assistant to the coroner. He loves the job. I know because he told me so.

Dr. Brandenberger is the right man for the job.

Oh – and did I say? – he loves dogs.

Dell Ford

Fort Wayne

Life under lockdown going to the dogs

I'm a dog. I might be a mutt or a pedigree, large or small, fast or slow. It doesn't matter. I'm writing on behalf of all dogs.

Lately I've noticed my human pack members are worried. I don't know why, but I've noticed their behavior has changed. As a dog, I want to help any way I can. So even though they constantly talk about “social distancing,” they always seem to enjoy a lick or a nudge or a lap sit, so I'm just doing what I've always done to make them feel better.

From a dog's perspective, life has never been better! The kids don't go to school, and Mom and Dad don't go to work. The pack is together – all the time – as it should be! I used to beg for walks, but now they protest over who gets to hold my leash. New, homemade recipes somehow mysteriously end up in my food bowl (I promise I'm not stealing it).

We watch a lot of TV, which I don't understand but I really love just sitting and snuggling (and more treats). I've even heard that shelters have adopted or fostered all their dogs (and even some cats).

I just want my humans to feel better again and know I'm always there for them. In the meantime, it's a dog's life!

Tim Machinske

Fort Wayne

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