The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:00 am


Lawmakers should make stance on troops clear

I have questions for our area representatives, U.S. Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, stateSen. Andy Zay and state Rep. Dan Leonard.

Under no circumstances should Homeland Security personnel be used as a national police force.

I would like them to provide Hoosiers with an explanation of the use of federal forces on lawful peaceful protests.

Do you support this tactic of unmarked, unlawful law enforcement? Would you inform Hoosiers why a peaceful protester was beaten by this federal goon squad? We would also like to know when peaceful protesters are unlawfully removed, by force, and put in unmarked cars, where are they taken? What happens to them? This is not law enforcement.

What is your plan to make sure these unlawful tactics do not take place in Indiana? Or do you support these types of troops on Hoosier streets? 

Joyce Bentz


Informed opinion as valuable as facts

I repeatedly hear/read that people want “just the facts” from The Journal Gazette and other news venues as in recent letters from Andy Wyss and R.T. Knight.

When such readers come across news with which they don't agree, they regard it as fake and become irate that the JG printed it.

When the JG prints opinion pieces or letters that don't match their ideals, they cry “Foul! You're passing off opinion as fact!” Wyss complained, “Opinions are being forced on us.” If they truly feel that way, why do they even bother reading?

I enjoy reading opposing commentary to broaden my view and awareness and, I must admit, occasionally to have a good laugh. My main focus here is the disparagement of oped pieces.

Columnists such as Eugene Robinson, Maureen Dowd, Michael Gerson, E.J. Dionne, David Brooks and Jonah Goldberg, spend their lives immersed in what's happening around us.

They hear – and take notes! – about everything that's going on, pull it together, connect the dots, then offer their analysis.

Very few lay readers could stay on top of all this. Basing your own opinion of the world's condition on only the few facts you pull together and your own reaction to them is extremely limiting.

Who among us has never asked a trusted friend who has more experience than ourselves on some topic for their opinion? I read these columns and have come to trust the opinions of several writers.

Yes, at times, I shake my head and say, “That's a bit of a stretch,” but much of the time I find myself thinking, “I didn't know that” or “I never thought of it that way.” I don't feel anything has been forced on me; actually I feel these thoughts have been gifted to me – to take or leave.

I like facts as much as the next person, but I truly value expert, knowledgeable opinion.

Kitty Morrissy

Fort Wayne

Student's maturity shines in thoughtful letter

Stephen Bard (Letters, July 8) is an elementary student from Decatur whose letter said: Let's not remove monuments to our history. This was an important part of our country's history, good and bad.

He is interested in Civil War history and visited Gettysburg with his family and wondered if statues disappear from our communities, how can students learn about the Civil War?

His question at the end of his letter was: “Do others feel the way I do?” Yes, there are many of us who share his concerns.

His letter indicated a thoughtful, mature student. Thank you.

Marna Morris


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