The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 07, 2021 1:00 am


D.C. discourse focused on blame, not answers

I am old enough to remember when we didn't have instant news, instant video, instant propaganda and we did have a government that worked for the people. Now whenever there is anything to be decided for the people, we seem to have to take sides to “win” the game.

In years past, those in Washington from either party ate at the same tables in the lunchroom. If there is a lunchroom anymore, I would not expect that to be happening.

It was also said that the politicians from both sides played golf together on weekends. Now they are probably all going home to their political homeland (where they should be listening to the people they work for).

When they socialized, they also got another opinion and could go back and think about it. Lots of good ideas come from casual conversations and hearing another person's point of view without bias and hundreds of others attacking the idea before it has a chance to germinate.

In those days they found a problem, looked at possible solutions, had discussions, after which followed collaboration, cooperation, consensus and looking at all of the possibilities with common sense as one of the main reasons for making a decision. Now we have two opposing ideologies finding fault with the other side's thoughts and ideas and voting. If the vote doesn't really fit the constituents' (party's) ideas, instead of showing how it looks to them, they say they voted against it so it can be brought up again.

Somehow, I don't feel we the people they are working for are being considered, nor is the work being done to make our lives better.

After all, we elect them with the trust that they will work to keep us safe and improve our lives, not just to get votes the next time around.

Political discourse has evolved into the blame game rather than the care game.

Ron Fiebig

Fort Wayne

Wall a tribute only to Vietnam War's dead

I seldom, if ever, take issue with The Journal Gazette's editorial policy. However, the above the fold headline that read “Vets honored at replica of Vietnam Wall” (May 30) got my attention – and not positively.

The wall replica here in Fort Wayne, like its version in Washington, D.C., pays tribute not to “vets” but the honored dead. Those who, in Lincoln's words, “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

Of course, we should honor all veterans for their service to the country, but Memorial Day should be set aside for honoring the obscene number of our youth who lost their lives in the service of the nation.

The people whose names are on the wall, unlike the veterans mentioned by one of your interviewees who didn't get the respect they “deserved when they returned home,” would have counted themselves fortunate to have been able to return home without a box.

They are the people for whom the now almost-clichéd expression “Thank you for your service” will never come even close to an adequate expression of lasting appreciation.

The wall is an outstanding project, but I wish we could all unite in an effort to make sure that our government can never again, without at least a prolonged period of thorough public debate and discussion, commit our youth – who are our treasure – to questionable military adventures. That would indeed be a fitting memorial.

Richard D. Whissen

Fort Wayne

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