The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 1:00 am


Big surprise at Longhorn

Having eaten in a restaurant only rarely in the past 18 months, we decided it was time.

So on Memorial Day afternoon we went to Longhorn, where we thoroughly enjoyed steak dinners. When we were finished, our server told us that the couple who had been seated near us and who had just left had paid for our dinners. We were totally speechless!

Whoever you are, thank you so very much. You made two octogenarians very happy, and we are grateful for your kindness and generosity. God bless you!


Fort Wayne

Intent makes worse insurrectionists' actions

In his letter of June 4 (“Damage reports reveal who's truly craven”), Bruce Heldt makes a classic “false equivalence” argument. Because violence occurred in cities controlled by Democratic mayors and caused “more” damage than was caused by the Capitol rioters, Democrats are “worse.”

Let me suggest an important difference: Democratic leaders didn't call on people to run amok. On Jan. 6, the sitting president of the United States incited a riot. He called on his followers to march to the Capitol and interfere with the legitimate work of the Congress, which was then certifying the electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election.

Donald Trump's followers didn't merely run riot and cause damage and mayhem. They tried to overturn the results of a valid election. They hacked at the very foundation of our democracy.

There is no comparison between the Capitol insurrection and the sporadic violence that occurred in other cities.


Fort Wayne

Crucial fact omitted in unrest comparison

I just finished reading Bruce Heldt's letter of June 4. In it, he states that the deaths and damage done at the Jan. 6 protest at the Capital were far less than those that occurred at various other protests in Portland, Seattle, Chicago and Minneapolis. Therefore, we should quit blaming Republican leaders for what transpired on that day in January.

Although he claims that these are facts, he misses the one very crucial fact. The protest on Jan. 6 was to overthrow the will of the people, a legitimate election. And let's not forget the chants to hang the vice president and speaker of the House.

Donna Veiga

Fort Wayne

Electric vehicles not without emissions

There is a lot of news these days about electric vehicles being “emissions free.” That is a fallacy, however.

These vehicles have no tailpipe emissions, but where does the electricity come from to charge their batteries? In Indiana, according to “Inside Climate News,” the hydrocarbon energy/fuel sources in Indiana for generating electric power are 71.7% coal and 22% natural gas. Burning these fuels obviously generates emissions at the source.

Another often-asked question: What is the cost to recharge an electric vehicle? According to “Solar Reviews,” to charge a Tesla Model X at  100 kilowatt hours costs about $15.29 based on a cost of $ 0.13 per kilowatt hour.

Siegfried Schauffele

Fort Wayne

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