The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 23, 2022 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

While they're at it, lawmakers might ...

I see the Indiana House is considering a bill to specify the way school curricula shall deal with race relations. But why stop there? Perhaps the legislature should tweak a piece of unfinished business from the 1897 General Assembly and establish that the value of pi as taught in mathematics courses in the state of Indiana shall be 3.2.

Jim Farlow


Golden Rule applies to people, opinions

I enjoyed reading Roxana Rockwell's Golden Pen letter (Jan. 9) promoting thought-provoking history education as a way to better understand race.

She is right about the need to present differing points of view. She is not as correct that those who oppose the teaching of critical race theory are afraid of it.

We have little knowledge of exactly what is taught, or how history is presented, since it is done in so many places, by so many different teachers, each in their own way.

Some people may be afraid. Some are angry. But many are tired of getting blamed for our problems because they have a particular inherited trait (white, male, heterosexual).

It's ironic that many opposing reasonable attempts to address our inequities have prejudices against those with different inherited traits. Conversely, many solutions just discriminate in reverse.

Each of us is different, no better, no worse, than anyone else. This led to our freedom to believe as we will. But that is not the right to do as we please, nor to restrict the freedom of others.

We should treat others – people and opinions – as we want ours treated. Listen. Consider.

That might not be what they want. Agree? Yield? We do need to speak out, with respect, about what we think is right and is best for all.

We need to trust our fellow citizens, particularly teachers. Most are doing their best to educate students the way they would want to be educated themselves.

Larry M. O'Maley

Fort Wayne

No accountability for national violence

A 15-year-old boy recently drew what were called “disturbing” bleeding images and wrote alarming messages. Despite this, school officials in Oxford, Michigan, after a meeting with him and his parents, allowed him to go to class. Not long after, he shot and killed four classmates and wounded seven others. His parents are also accused of enabling his crime.

Reading this made me curious. What kind of disturbing images did Joe Biden create when he signed into law a bill giving the military a record $768 billion for one year and with it a license to kill not four but thousands? What did George W. Bush draw when he authorized the invasion of not one but two sovereign nations, resulting in so many corpses an accurate count is not possible? And before him, Bill Clinton's sanctions resulted in deformities and deaths of 500,000 Iraqi citizens. Did he draw deformed babies? Or Barack Obama. Did he write “Bombs Away” when he dropped 26,171 bombs on seven countries his last year in office alone? Did Donald Trump draw pictures of starving children in Yemen when he sold deadly weapons to Saudi Arabia to use on these starving kids? Did CEOs of the companies that made 4,700 nuclear warheads and bombs, most of them powerful enough to wipe out a major city, draw pictures of human beings on fire?

And what of Congress, the courts, clergy, media, schools and all the other enablers that help make such violence possible? Will anyone be arrested?

Terry Doran

Fort Wayne

Health professionals need public's trust

Extreme Republican congresspersons are drumming on the character of Dr. Anthony Fauci and the integrity of health professionals in general.

Sen. Mike Braun railed about the overstep of President Joe Biden's support for health agencies' “top down” efforts to rein in the ongoing viral storm.

Historical precedent was set in a 1905 Supreme Court majority opinion was written by Justice John Marshall Harlan. He wrote that “...the Constitution rests upon the principle of the social compact ... that all shall be governed by certain laws for the protection, safety and prosperity ... of the people.” 

In 1922, the Supreme Court upheld an ordinance that required proof of smallpox vaccination for people entering public schools.

Our country identifies with respect for precedent when regulatory actions are set in place. Attacks on reasonable actions to control disease are not in themselves unprecedented.

What is unprecedented is the disrespect fomented by legislators against those called to reasonable government in times of crisis. The exchange of lies for truth is deplorable, especially those who have sworn to uphold constitutional direction as deemed right and just under judicial review.

Extreme politics are undermining our physicians, hospital staffs and public health workers who are at wits end trying to protect us from COVID and its variants.

Get vaccinated, wear masks, stay home when you are infected. We the people are responsible citizens.

Health professionals carry my trust over posturing politicians who only self serve.

Nick Wilhelm

Fort Wayne

'Civil war' discussions don't dwell on details

With online chatter and media outlets bantering around the words “civil war,” let's look at what that could look like.

There might be no electricity, water or sewage treatment. No phone, TV, radio or internet. No heat and no air conditioning.

Next comes food. Grocery stores empty; you only have what you have in your pantry. Cooking what you have left outside over an open fire until your supply runs out. All the money in the world will not enable you to buy food because there won't be any to buy. Fresh water? Are you prepared to disinfect water from ponds and creeks every day? Hauling five-gallon buckets to the retention pond in your neighborhood every day to fill up and bring home?

What about the medicines you need to survive? What if there is no Walgreens, CVS, Walmart or other places to get the meds that keep you alive?

If you are on oxygen, you could be dead in a week.

No schools, hospitals or any other place that depends on public services to stay open will be left.

Cities could be destroyed. And just like any other country that has gone through a recent civil war, rape, murder and other atrocities would be off the charts.

China, Russia, North Korea and the rest of our enemies will be popping the champagne because the United States has fallen without them having to fire one shot.

Someone has to stop this rhetoric. Will it be you? I hope so.

D.R. Murphy

Fort Wayne 

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