The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 1:00 am


Why bribe people to do what they should?

Now do we not only have some people who believe the government owes them a living, enabled by a liberal government, but also people who are selfish extortionists and must get free tickets, savings bonds or cash contests etc. to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Another precedent that we must bribe people to take responsibility to do the right things.

Ray Doyle

Fort Wayne

Mid-century America wasn't idyllic for all

I suspect the outrageous statement by letter writer Patricia Yeiter on May 30 will receive numerous responses; I can only hope the positive ones will be minimal. That statement  was: “I was born in the 1930s, and (Donald) Trump is the first president to make the United States resemble the one I grew up in.”

As one born in the 1940s, what she implied about that era is true – it was an idyllic time for me, and I have fond memories of those days. Of course, I am a white male, and I am assuming she is white as well.

I would challenge Yeiter and her ilk (Trump supporters) to find an African-, Asian-, Hispanic-, Native- or Jewish-American who was born or lived in the 1930s or 1940s who can say the same thing. Perhaps she has found one; I have not been able to. My reading of the history of that era is filled with lynching, red-lining, reservations, restrictions, and even concentration camps (for the Japanese-Americans). Not so idyllic a time for these Americans, was it?

The next sentence of her letter states her “flat-out” love of both the country and its Declaration of Independence. Perhaps she needs to reread that Declaration as I suspect she missed the word “all” that precedes the word “men” (a word in itself that is problematic today); she also might reflect on the meaning(s) of “love”. In my daily Bible study, I am learning that love is more of an active responsibility for righteousness than an emotion that supports one's material/creature comforts.

Had the white power structure, of which both Yeiter and I were a part, truly “loved” our country in those “happy days” of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, there would be little, or no, racial stress today, and that Declaration made in 1776 would actually be valid in 2021. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to see the light.

Ron Flickinger

Fort Wayne


JEERS to the city of Fort Wayne and Citilink for the lack of public transportation on Sundays. Bus riders need to get to church, too.

Blossom Hettinger

Fort Wayne

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