Jones' mentorship in club great prep for FWCS seat
I am writing in support of electing Regenia Jones to the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board District 2 seat. I am 21 and a senior in college. I attend Purdue University, studying psychology.
I joined Queens Club under the leadership of Mrs. Jones when I was 7. Queens African American Literature and Arts Club was more than a book club; it was a place we could come together, influence and build one another up. As one of the originals looking back, the growth of the club is indescribable.
There was a time when we would take trips to the library or meet at Mrs. Regenia's house before the Queens club had a designated location to read and do book reports. It is not every day you find someone so motivated and passionate to help others see the potential. I will forever be grateful for all Mrs. Regenia has done for us.
This group shaped me into who I am today, along with her mentorship, compassion and encouragement. There is never a time when I don't think of all the quotes or the mission statement we were asked to memorize. There is also never a time that I don't apply it to my life because it gives me the confidence I sometimes forget I have. I have pledged to respect myself and others and to be accountable for my own actions. I pledge to learn the history of my past and will continue to make a positive difference in the future. I have always been honest with myself and others because I am and will continue to be one of the future leader faces of tomorrow.
Regenia Jones believed in us and believed we could be successful, and we believe in her. I know she will always do what is best for all children if elected.
Tennis courts' surface not conducive to skates
Recently there was a photo of an adult and child roller skating on a tennis court. Great activity and great photo, but not on a tennis court. The surface of a tennis court can easily be damaged by the rollers on roller skates or skateboards. To resurface a tennis court costs thousands of dollars. Tennis courts are for tennis or pickleball. Please do not promote other activities on tennis courts.
State, public should end circuses' animal cruelty
The Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana continues to host traveling circuses that feature wild animals. We all need fun things to focus on in these challenging times, but I encourage folks not to attend events that provide entertainment at the expense of suffering animals.
A key point of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Act introduced to Congress in 2019 is that the methods used so animals will learn and perform “tricks” would be viewed by most people as torturous. In the taming of wild animals for circus acts the use of starvation and dehydration, whips, tight collars, electric prods, heavy batons with sharp steel hooks (bullhooks) and other inhumane strategies and tools are regularly embraced by trainers.
The bill also recognized that the traveling lifestyle of these circuses is a nightmare for the animals.
In 2018, New Jersey banned the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses, as did California in 2019. Indiana should consider following People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Humane Society of the United States and many other animal welfare groups strongly urge prohibiting wild animals for the use of circus entertainment.
For those of us who love animals, seeing them used in traveling circus shows is not entertainment but animal cruelty. The Michiana Event Center should not continue to invite a traveling circus with performing wild/exotic animals to their event center, and the public should not buy tickets to this event.
Shelley Lautzenhiser Parson
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