Why reward business for irresponsibility?
Regarding “Legislators' top priority: Protecting businesses,” (Dec. 13), Hoosier lawmakers are working to fix a problem that doesn't exist. In 1996, the business community pulled the same trick regarding an alleged slew of product liability lawsuits in Indiana without evidence.
Their scheme was exposed in a four-part series in the Indianapolis Star titled “Statehouse sellout: How special interests hijacked the legislature.” The articles describe how special interest money flows into the state legislature and how lawmakers are pressured to vote in favor of those interests.
Without one iota of evidence, Hoosiers are asked, once again, to give the bad apples no financial consequences for possibly causing injury (or worse, death) to innocent customers.
Kroger is an example of a company that has taken extraordinary steps to protect its employees and customers after the coronavirus spread in our Hoosier state. Plexiglass at checkout lanes, masks required for each customer, sanitizer aplenty so customers can protect others and themselves from exposure to COVID-19.
Each business should take the necessary steps like Kroger has to ensure that all customers are protected and safe. Follow CDC guidelines. Get vaccinated.
Let's thank responsible business and not reward irresponsible ones.
A test of security, even through the mail
On Dec. 21, The Journal Gazette published a letter by Leo-Cedarville resident Bruce Cynar, who questioned the legitimacy of mail-in ballots by comparing them with mail-in drug tests. “If mail-in ballots ... are so accurate,” he asked, “why don't we have mail-in drug testing?”
The good news for Cynar is that mail-in drug tests are available, lots of them. They have names such as “DrugConfirm,” are produced by companies like Pharmatech and are readily available at your local drugstore and through the internet.
Now that Cynar's doubt over mail-in ballots has been lifted, I encourage him to join me to urge our state legislators to expand mail-in voting. This will support the democratic rights of Hoosiers, such as those who work double shifts or are locked into family duties, who otherwise could not make it to the polls.
David G. Schuster
'Orange King' art reflects on life
There was a recent sculpture at the Fort Wayne Art Museum, done by Dale Enochs, a former resident of Fort Wayne. His sculpture has an inscription in limestone. Art can carry alerts of danger to democratic systems of government.
Chronicle of the Orange King
“The Orange King, progeny of a mercurial dynasty born of wealth, ruler of our diminished land, builder of monuments to himself reigns omnipotent. His White queen stands pensive by his side, eyes yearning, awaiting his own sanctified ascension. The king, Orange Narcissus, sodden with desire, gazes into a pool of unconsciousness where his vain glory is reflected by the venal lust of his blind followers. The king's lies are revered truths of insolent authority. Ignorance trumps intellect as he fondles and twitters the prospect of annihilation held within his dainty hands.”
Hopefully, such messaging can pierce clouded perceptions.
Dems show difficulty in just moving on
In response to Dennis Powell's “Republicans forfeit right to civility (Letters, Dec. 17),” I am so sorry he is so filled with rage and hatred against many of his fellow citizens.
How sad. As he put it, “we” won and still after four years his party does nothing but hate and cannot move on. How does that fit in with the so-called Democratic cry of hope, tolerance, kindness and now, asking for unity? His collective group has given President Trump Superman status. Are they still afraid of this very mortal man?
I sincerely hope they can find some serenity, joy and goodwill for their sake and those who are around them.
Teacher pay hike, vouchers can coexist
I read with dismay Fort Wayne Community Schools board member Steve Corona's suggestion (Dec. 17) that Indiana's voucher program should be cut or capped to help raise district teacher salaries. Abridging a parent's right to choose is not the answer and avoids serious issues facing our schools.
Corona was responding to the Teacher Compensation Commission report enumerating ways to increase Indiana's average teacher salary to $60,000. The commission made 37 recommendations, yet cutting Indiana's voucher program wasn't included. Why? Vouchers aren't the problem; they don't affect teacher pay.
However, management decisions and priorities of FWCS leadership are affecting teachers' salaries.
FWCS' per-pupil student support is above the statewide average and has been for more than a decade (the lifespan of Indiana's voucher program). Today, half of FWCS teacher pay is consumed by 40% of its teachers, those with 30-plus years' experience. Like many employers, FWCS faces an aging workforce.
A cursory glance at FWCS employment shows at least 61 employees with compensation exceeding $100,000 annually; all are administrators. One has to reach the 137th most highly compensated district employee before seeing a teacher.
Despite this top-heavy payroll, FWCS teachers have for many years earned more than the state average, dipping below it only this past year. They, like all teachers, deserve our respect and support as well as pursuit of the commission's recommendations to raise their pay.
Rather than blame vouchers, Corona and others responsible for FWCS need to review and implement the commission's findings. Parental choice is not at odds with increasing teacher pay. It is a math problem; you just need to know where to look.
Paper fails to reflect its readers' values
I cease to be amazed at how out of touch The Journal Gazette is with the drivel constantly published in the Perspective section every day. But the column from Virginia Heffernan from the LA Times (“Lasting damage of past four years,” Dec. 22) has taken the prize as the most amazingly ridiculous piece the paper has ever published.
To hold up Adam Schiff as a moral beacon of truth, honor and moral righteousness is downright laughable. There is not a more despicable, partisan hack roaming the halls of Congress, and that is saying something because there are dozens. I understand The Journal Gazette is a far left-leaning newspaper and will support the causes of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jerrold Nadler and friends.
However, I believe the paper is doing a disservice by not trying to be more representative of our community and its beliefs. As the only newspaper in town, I would think The Journal Gazette would try to reflect a bit more Midwestern common sense instead of continually printing nonsense from elitist columnists who hold serial liars like Schiff in high esteem.
I subscribe for the local news, but with each day of op-eds like this I get closer to saying enough is enough. Please just report the news as fairly as you can and try to respect the intelligence of your readership. I firmly believe Schiff and his values don't align too closely with the majority of subscribers.