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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 15, 2019 1:00 am


Letting the mind wander with musings off the wall

While reading an article on the wall in The Journal Gazette, at first I thought it was about Pink Floyd, so I kept on reading – but it wasn't.

So in my disappointment I wondered, if Donald Trump's all-purpose wall were built, what would stop people from parachuting, skydiving, kite surfing and pole vaulting over it? What if they stole a circus cannon used for catapulting clowns and shot each other over it? What if they could convince Underdog, Superman and Spiderman to quietly, in the dark of night, fly them across the wall to freedom?

A lot to think about here; it's Sunday, quiet here on the back porch, watching the squirrels. They all appear happy, and waiting for the rain, letting my brain wander. 


Fort Wayne


Hays' career path makes her a servant leader

I was fortunate to meet Patti Hays when we were Leadership Fort Wayne classmates in 2000-01. During that year, we studied the concept of servant leadership and heard from community members who were making an impact in health, education, government, economic development, public safety and the arts.

We learned that a servant leader possesses 10 traits: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people and building community. Our class was challenged to use our talents to become informed and engaged citizens and make Fort Wayne a better place for all.

After graduation, Patti ably demonstrated the concept of servant leadership. She advanced in her health professional career, became CEO at AWS Foundation and was asked to serve on the Allen County Board of Health, Visiting Nurse & Hospice, and McMillen Center for Health Education. In 2017, she and I were two of the four co-founders of AVOW (Advancing Voices of Women), with a goal of encouraging women to become more involved in the public sphere and trained for elected office.

Now Patti has stepped up again to serve her community as a Democratic candidate for 4th District City Council. As a longtime 4th District resident, her three key campaign issues are:

• Protecting the health and safety of the community by supporting first responders and providing resources for public health.

• Promoting all that is good in our city, including our library system, parks and trails, airport, schools, and riverfront development.

• Producing continued positive results by being responsive to new information and ideas and open to diverse perspectives.

To learn more, check out You'll see why Patti Hays deserves your vote in the primary election on May 7.

Faith Van Gilder



Book purge doing disservice to readers

I used to be a librarian at the main Allen County Public Library, and I am horrified about what I am hearing and reading about the book purge happening throughout the library system.

Director Greta Southard sounds like she is even less interested in serving the needs of the public than the director who was rather tyrannical when I was a librarian there. Gag orders on staff? When should a librarian, of all people, be silenced and prevented from being truthful? It's what librarians do! We provide accurate information to the best of our abilities.

This is an example of office politics run amok, and the fine folks of Fort Wayne who fund the library system deserve to know the full truth, and their reading needs absolutely must be addressed.

Mary Kraeszig



Election letters

Letters related to the May 7 primary election must be received by noon on April 29 to be considered for publication.