The Journal Gazette
Saturday, July 17, 2021 1:00 am


Disrespect of police adding to death toll

How stupid can we be?

On July 6 in The Journal Gazette, I read that 90 people had been shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend.

It stated that a 6-year-old, a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were among them, plus several women. I thought, how sad.

On the next page, I read there was a block party in Toledo. Gunfire rang out; more than 80 shots were fired in all. A 17-year-old boy was killed and 11 others were injured. Most of the people were teenagers; the youngest was 11.

The police couldn't figure out why the shooting started or have any suspects. Why? Because the police get no cooperation from the hundreds of people at the party.

I guess from what I read, this is what people want. Don't cooperate with the police so these thugs can go out and kill again.

And, in Chicago, two police officers were wounded. These police officers risk their lives. For what?

To be killed also. To have people at these shootings give them disrespect and not cooperate.

Most major cities are experiencing a huge spike in major crimes. So let's continue giving disrespect to our police, so the huge number of killings can go on, if this is really what we want.

Roger Scherer


Red lights not an issue if you follow simple rules

Both original commenter Kristin Huff (Letters, July 2) and Jacqui Emberton (July 11) are incorrect. Traffic lights are not improperly timed; the drivers are improperly timed. All the traffic lights in the city are controlled by a computer system that controls the flow of traffic that allows for efficient and even amounts of time for roads based on the volume of traffic.

I can drive anywhere in the city and hardly ever have to stop at a red light on any road. All one has to do is drive at the posted speed limit and look as far down the road as possible to see the next traffic light, plus avoid any slowdowns due to slowpokes. You, too, can drive as I do.

The reason people are running red lights, in my opinion, is they are either driving too slowly or too fast and not paying attention to the traffic signals ahead of them – i.e., they are not in sync with the changing of the traffic signals – and thus, when approaching a traffic light, they have to gun it to get through the traffic light.

To prove this, next time you are on Washington or Jefferson, especially downtown – even during rush hour, do this:

1) Observe the speed limit.

2) Watch the traffic ahead of you.

3) Watch the changing of the traffic light(s) in front of you.

4) Adjust your speed according to all three above items.

I have traveled that route from West Jefferson Boulevard at I-69 all the way over to New Haven (Indiana 930) without stopping at a red light.

Lawrence Spedden

Fort Wayne

Purdue's display gardens a 'community gem'

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Purdue Extension Display Gardens. What an unexpected surprise.

Volunteers have lovingly cared for these beautiful educational gardens since 1989. They are a wonderful place to relax and learn for our entire community.

As you walk the paths, you will see that plants, flowers and trees have been labeled by master gardeners who volunteer there. If you're lucky, maybe one of them will be there when you visit to answer any questions you might have.

Take time someday to visit this quiet and peaceful community gem. You will be so glad that you did.

Mary Ann Oberholtzer

Fort Wayne

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