The Journal Gazette
Monday, April 05, 2021 1:00 am


Huntington teachers put beliefs in writing

Kudos to the Huntington County Teachers Association. Their bold action by placing a full-page advertisement in The Journal Gazette, calling out Republicans in the legislature for the “bait and switch” of talking out of both sides of their mouths, was awesome.

The wording of the petition was spot-on, but the surrounding signatures really showed that these teachers were signing their names (perhaps their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor) in support of the 93% of students who attend public schools.

A year ago, when all Indiana schools had to switch to a virtual platform, we heard a lot from parents and the general public about the worth of teachers – how teachers deserved double the pay. That sentiment is certainly not present in the legislature's short-changing of public schools and, by extension, public school teachers.

The expansion of the largest voucher program in the United States not only denigrates public education (the only form of elementary and secondary education enshrined in the Indiana Constitution) but also perpetuates favoritism toward private schools because they are not held accountable as public schools are, including private schools' ability to refuse to serve students who must be provided more energy and resources because of their exceptional learning needs. They can, however, recruit students who are great basketball players.

It's time to stop Indiana's march toward favoring private education over the public schools – the schools that really produce quality experiences and are accountable for those outcomes. If that means electing new legislators, well...

Jim Smith

North Manchester

A healthy donation

I would like too thank the “good” Christians protesting abortions in front of Planned Parenthood on Lake Avenue.

By driving by there and seeing them protesting, it reminded me to give a donation to Planned Parenthood.

The Planned Parenthood on Lake does not perform abortions. It provides birth control, sex education, pregnancy testing, STD testing, and men's and women's health care.

By providing these services, they are preventing more abortions in one day than the “good” Christians will prevent with a lifetime of praying.

Kurtis W. Lothamer

Fort Wayne

Effectiveness reason to keep wearing masks

The controversy of wearing a mask after a lot of us have gotten inoculated against the dreaded virus is heating up again. Why?

It has been proven by another disease, tuberculosis. Wearing a mask in public helps prevent the disease from spreading. Why is it such a big deal?

Has anyone noticed the huge reduction in flu cases? I believe that is because we all wore masks, thereby alleviating its spreading.

Looking at the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have lost more than half a million Americans because the last administration did not take this virus seriously. That is more then the number of Americans killed in three of our wars (World War II, Korea and Vietnam). It is hard to believe but true.

I guess I do not understand the why. Is it because of vanity? I cannot believe that. If a doctor who has the know-how and has studied viruses his entire career tells us too then we should all heed his warning and keep wearing the masks until there are no more cases reported. That will help all of us and keep not only us but others free of this terrible disease.

Jim Furos

Fort Wayne

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