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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 am


Time for change in DC

We are writing to thank Roger Bayford for his Jan. 3 letter, “Republican lawmakers work against our interests.” His explanation of the ruling from the FCC that effectively struck down needed consumer protections in internet services was excellent. I do not imagine most citizens appreciate the seriousness of the ruling, but soon we will all feel the repercussions as we watch our connections slow down.

Bayford also writes about campaign donations from telecom companies: $3.5 million to Republican senators and $5.6 million to Republican House members. Surely these gifts influenced Sen. Todd Young and Rep. Jim Banks, both of whom praised the FCC for its forward thinking.

My husband and I fully support Courtney Tritch in her run for the 3rd District congressional seat now held by Banks. We urge citizens to check out her website. Tritch would not have supported the new tax bill or the FCC ruling. It is time for a change!


Fort Wayne

Soul-searching from right can't come too quickly

Hugh Hewitt, a well-known conservative writer and commentator, seems to feel that all this “outrage” suddenly appeared from outer space (“Addicted to outage in 2017,” Jan. 1).

I would suggest that this so-called “outrage” actually began with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. The politics of hate was exemplified by the right's refusal to cooperate, in any form, for the ensuing eight years.

In the final year, they refused even to consider a middle-of-the-road Supreme Court nominee while they prayed they would get the chance to stuff the court with right-wing zealots. And they won this outrageous bet. Is it any wonder there are outraged people?

If this wasn't enough, the conservatives conducted some 60 votes in Congress to repeal the health care law serving more than 25 million Americans, promising to replace it with something better. And what did they propose? Nothing. In health care circles we are the laughingstock of the world. We have the highest costs and get mediocre results at best while millions still have no coverage.

With the help of the Russian government, the American people elected a lying, narcissistic, New York street thug as president.

Going back 30 years will not solve our economic issues of today and tomorrow. And while reducing taxes is always a crowd pleaser, most of the benefit – estimated at 83 percent of the total – will go to rich people and corporations. This is not a solution; it is the creation of a new set of long-term fiscal problems. When this charade ends, it will not be a pretty picture for any of us. When that day comes, we will face two stark choices: substantially reduce our spending or substantially increase taxes (or some combination of the two). 

“Outrage,” you say? How about an administration that sends its surrogates out into the world every day with a new set of lies and misleading statements, then blames it all on the media. Really?

I don't need to look into the mirror to find the source of outrage, but I think Hewitt and his ilk should search their souls before they look in the mirror. They might just find the source of the problem.

Etson Hougland

Fort Wayne

Thoughtful performances

First Presbyterian Theater's presentation of “Red” is an electrifying play of ideas beautifully expressed by Thom Hofrichter and Kevin Torwelle. This two-person show was riveting, as reflected by the rapt attention of the audience to the flood of words and ideas. There is humor, both in some funny lines and in recognition of the main character's foibles.

If you like to think – life, death, legacy, relationships – see it. You won't be disappointed.

David Sorg

Fort Wayne