The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 1:00 am


Massacres wake-up call for Indiana lawmakers

It's happened again: Some wacko with an assault rifle went into a building and slaughtered a bunch of innocent people.

Boulder,  Colorado; Atlanta; Parkland High School in Florida; and let's not forget Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

When are Indiana lawmakers going to have the courage to pass laws restricting gun sales? Why should civilians be allowed to have assault rifles?

Recently, lawmakers debated getting rid of gun permits. Would they be convinced if someone opened fire at Glenbrook Square or Castleton Square or the school their  children attend? If that happened, would they have the courage to apologize, in person, face to face, to the families of those who were killed? Could they explain it to their own families?

If legislators have the guts to pass laws restricting sales of semiautomatic weapons and/or assault rifles, there will probably be a rush to buy those weapons before the law goes into effect. There's a form of economic stimulus.

I do not disapprove of the Second Amendment. American citizens (in compos mentis) have the right to defendthemselves, their loved ones, their property and our country. But we have to do something about this madness afflicting our country.

Melinda Williams Capozza


Debt repayment satisfying achievement

Growing up in the South, not having been “well born,” as they say, had its difficulties.

College was not in the cards for me, and I accepted that. I decided to enlist and use the GI Bill to help with my tuition. I did my time, was honorably discharged and ready for college, having paid my dues.

The GI Bill didn't cover all my expenses, so I worked third shift in a factory while I went to school. I was young and did what I had to do to reach my goals.

When this chapter closed, it was on to medical school and I had to borrow money. This scared me, and I became a studying machine as I had no net to fall back on. I had to survive to pay this loan back; that was my goal.

Survive I did, and I paid back my debt early. It was my debt and no one else's. 

Life is about choices and actions that have consequences. There are many ways to pay back school loans, and it's a win-win for students and society. The ones at the finish line are the ones clever enough to get there on their own and not on the back of society.

They are the winners and will help society by not bleeding this country. President John F. Kennedy said it best: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” If you signed your name to a loan, it is your responsibility alone to deal with.

So step up and be counted for doing the right thing. Don't find your way to the government trough and feed on the backs of others. No amount of clever rhetoric or garbled, non-binding words will make this right. Find a way not to burden society with your debt.

The sweat of your own brow should reap your rewards, not the sweat of others.

Dr. Dominick Acquaro

Fort Wayne

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