The Journal Gazette
Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Many restaurants happily accommodate

To support the well-written letters of Rita Good (Oct. 5) and Lillian Embick (Sept. 27), I want to comment on those businesses that do accommodate those of us with disabilities.

I recognize and appreciate the pleasure of a day or night eating out, especially in this time of pandemic shutouts/ins. Restaurant people are hard working, dedicated “people people.” True, many eateries are designed for maximum seating and can be “tight,” but many can, and do, easily accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, rolling walkers, etc. Their managers and staffs daily accommodate all with ease, even manning the doors for your entry and exit.

If you still have concerns, call ahead to tell them of your needing help to enter/exit, especially in bad weather. I would suggest that you visit O'Charley's, Spyros, Sara's, Casa and Bob Evans; they are truly considerate people. I'm sure there are others in Fort Wayne.

My dear wife and I are in our 80s. I have been partially handicapped and a Rollator user since 2014. Coming out of a three-month hospital stay, we were determined to get back to our pleasure of dining out, so I know of which I speak. We are grateful for having these wonderful experiences.

Maybe we'll see you there!

Samuel Conte

Fort Wayne

'True Catholic' tough to pin down

I would like to respond to Robert Eschbach's Oct. 5 letter about being a true Catholic.

What is a true Catholic? I am thinking of becoming one, so I would like to know. It appears that I cannot vote for a Democrat. Am I still allowed to support some of the things they do? They seem to care for the needy among us, and I remember that Jesus talked a lot about that. Can I support making sure the widow, the orphan and the alien among us are warm, well fed and safe?

I know I can't vote for a Democrat and be a true Catholic; Eschbach made that very clear. So whom can I vote for? I remember Jesus telling me to love my enemies, but both Democrats and Republicans alike seem more ready to bomb them than love them. What should I do?

I guess I just want to know what it takes to be a true Catholic. Is there a written exam? Or are we required to vote a certain way? Must I live a certain way also? I would really like to know so I can decide if becoming a true Catholic is right for me.

David Johnson

Fort Wayne

Make it a dog's life in the Oval Office

If you're still up in the air with next month's election for POTUS, maybe it's time to put your trust in a dog. Dogs seem to be better judges of character than we often are as humans.

Our commanders in chief have had a dog accompany them in the White House for more than 100 years. That is, until 2017, when a dog for the first time in a century has not been at our president's side. In the 44 years that I have been alive, some of the canines that have graced the halls of the most prestigious U.S. residence have been Liberty (Ford); Grits (Carter); Lucky and Rex (Reagan); Millie and Ranger (H.W. Bush); Buddy (Clinton); Spot, Barney and Miss Beazley (W. Bush); and Bo and Sunny (Obama).

Perhaps you're still undecided on whom you want to sit behind the Resolute Desk come Jan. 20, 2021. One thing is certain, at least for me: I want a dog sitting under that desk while the president is in the Oval Office having to make some of the most difficult decisions that have had to be made in recent history.

German Shepherd Major is ready to be that trusty companion our divided country most desperately needs.

Andy Hanefeld

Fort Wayne

Catching virus should make Trump believer

Donald Trump has contracted the coronavirus. I presume he received the antibody therapy immediately, as did his family members and staff who also tested positive. I hope they all recover quickly.

Has Trump apologized to America for downplaying the pandemic? For not wearing a mask, nor observing safety precautions? For the misinformation he has spoken? For holding mass political rallies where most of the attendees were not wearing nor observing social distancing?

No apologies of which I am aware.

I wouldn't wish this virus on anyone, but this situation might be considered karma.

By the way, some people are saying the mask mandate is a violation of our First Amendment rights.

You can be heard talking through a mask, so you still have freedom of speech. Wearing a mask is a sensible thing for all of us to do; after all, we're just trying to keep the virus from infecting us or spreading it around.

Melinda Williams Capozza


Republican leadership will bring us back

Hoosier voters have great choices on Nov. 3.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has provided the leadership to grow the economy, improve our infrastructure to transport the goods and services, improve education with higher pay for teachers and improved classrooms, and helped make Indiana a bright shining star in the Midwest.

Attorney general candidate Todd Rokita will use his experience as secretary of state and congressman to lead the legal arm of state government.

Rep. Jim Banks has provided the leadership to hold China accountable, strengthened our military, and helped President Trump make our workforce prosper.

Our state legislators and County Council candidates will bring conservative leadership to their votes. They will help taxpayers meet the COVID-19 crisis.

I urge all Republicans to vote. In my voting days from 1971 until now, I have never seen a more important time to vote.

Please support Trump, Holcomb, Banks and the other Republican candidates on Nov. 3 or sooner.

W. Patrick Sefton

Fort Wayne

Trump has shown unfitness for office

We do not need any more proof that it is time to initiate the provision in the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump for his “...[inability] to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” His tweets and erratic behavior are evidence of his instability.

It was recently announced that the FBI had thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, attack the Michigan capitol and target police officers at their homes as part of a broader mission to instigate a civil war.

The accused are anarchists and domestic terrorists, traitors to the country.

Unfortunately, the president did not express his anger about possible harm to a governor nor condemn the accused. Instead, he spewed insulting tweets directed at Gov. Whitmer.

I see the president's behavior as traitorous and dangerous. His words provide power and appear to legitimize heavily armed civilian militias embedded. He does not appear to condemn white nationalists.

Instead, in April, he tweeted, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

He directly appealed to those who feel threatened by gun laws and are most heavily armed.

When the president shouted, “Liberate Michigan!” he meant don't let that governor impose public health measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 and protecting residents. Instead, let those residents do what they want in the name of freedom and personal choice.

Never mind how many bodies will overflow emergency rooms and ICUs. Never mind how many children will lose their parents and grandparents. Never mind how many children, teachers, health care workers and frontline workers in all fields will die or have permanent health issues. 

I want to see sanity in the White House. When our future becomes even bleaker (and it will), I do not want to have to say, “I saw and I heard, but I did nothing.”

Gail Hamm

Fort Wayne

Election deadline

Letters related to the Nov. 3 election must be received by noon on Oct. 26 to be considered for publication.

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