Focusing on negative does not boost community
I read the Nov. 8 article, “Neighbors dismayed by Amazon construction.”
I am involved in several groups in northeast Indiana that strive to make our community attractive for local employers to expand and for new companies to locate here. It takes a lot of work from a lot of people to help Fort Wayne compete with communities all over the country and, in fact, the world.
Amazon decided to expand in our community. They find it attractive with a quality workforce, a world-class airport and great access to many major cities. With it the company brings the promise of $60 million in construction and the work that comes with that. It also means 1,000 new permanent jobs that pay a minimum of $15 an hour. These jobs will generate more than $31 million in annual wages. It takes farmland close to our airport and moves it to our local real estate tax base.
The article indicates everyone followed all the requirements, notifications and regulations to build this new facility.
Rather than celebrate this, The Journal Gazette interviews one neighbor who is upset – despite all rules being followed accordingly. That interview then makes the front page of the Sunday edition. Is this the precedent we want to set? Overlooking the positive impact this will have in our community to focus on the negative opinions of a few? Especially considering the difficult times COVID-19 has imposed on many? What a great opportunity this was to instill a positive message to readers.
Our community is in a fight every day for jobs, business and growth. I hope we find more ways to celebrate our victories, to welcome new opportunity and to feel good about the progress in our community. I see the glass as half full and look forward to it overflowing in the future.
A satisfying portrait
We loved the article and pictures of Gary Pickett and his dog, Edgar, at Tillman Park on Nov. 8.
As an added bonus, Gary picks up trash along the way. It was an uplifting article and my husband and I thank you.
Thank you, Gary and Edgar, too.
TERRY and JILL GAMLIN
The Nov. 11 Journal Gazette, in a Page 3A article about our three federal lawmakers' attitudes and opinions about the un-election of #45 brings to mind some appropriate suggested nicknames. Three Musketeers? No. Three Amigos? No. Moe, Larry and Curly? Yes!
Share your blessings
Challenging times sometimes yield unexpected rewards. What are you thankful for this year? As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to know your thoughts on what Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana can count as blessings. Share your ideas for possible inclusion in our Nov. 26 editorial, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN, 46802.