The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:00 am


Plan Commission has chance to protect environment

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the Allen County Plan Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed rezoning and development of a 97-acre woodland on the west edge of Fort Wayne.

This established woods and wetland area is about the same size as Lindenwood Nature Preserve and is home to numerous deer, coyotes, raccoons, opossum, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, songbirds and many other woodland creatures. The proposal is to clear much of this land, build roads and convert this area into a 115-lot residential subdivision.

Working alongside the Planning Commission is the Allen County Department of Environmental Management. Their mission statement begins, “Assist the Community of Allen County, IN in reducing its environmental footprint.”

They are very active in raising awareness of dangers to our environment and promote good stewardship of our land by encouraging practices such as recycling, composting and reducing harmful wastes. Some of their campaigns even get the kids involved. They have suggested that balloons not be used for decorations since they litter and can harm wildlife.

So if the Plan Commission would decide to support this project, they better not let that party of 5-year-olds find out they are celebrating a birthday without balloons in their attempt to save the environment, while the commission has put its stamp of approval on a plan to gut nearly 100 acres of mature wooded habitat while displacing thousands of woodland animals. And they want to name this housing addition “The Haven.”

David Trinklein

Fort Wayne

Death row inmates should face their penalty promptly

In regard to your front-page article Aug. 4 regarding those on death row in Indiana, I believe the sentence should be carried out as quickly as possible, especially if the convicted individual pleads guilty.

I believe it is not cruel and unusual punishment, because I consider the crime that was committed to be cruel and unusual. Why did those individuals need to die? There were five kids, five women, two employees, etc.

In my opinion, those allegedly cruel and unusual sentences need to be carried out. The convicts knew the law when they did what they did and what the consequences would be when caught.

Michael Todd

Columbia City

Article on small planes' hacking risk incomplete

Your recent wire service story (“Small planes at risk of hacking, feds say,” July 31) missed or mischaracterized some key points about small-airplane security.

First, the article pointed to a recent Department of Homeland Security notice, inferring it was focused only on cybersecurity concerns for small, “general aviation” aircraft, when the fact is, the notice applies to all aircraft, from airliners on down.

Second, the story – which included not a single aviation-industry source – arguably misrepresented the nature of the potential security breach involved. For example, the piece failed to fully explain that for the scenario to occur, an individual would need to actually board an aircraft, dismantle its avionics system, locate a certain, small piece of technology and effectively disable it.

The reason such a relatively complex scenario hasn't unfolded – the reason TSA audits have never found general aviation airplanes to be a security concern – is that the industry has always made security a top priority, with a host of measures that harden aircraft from threats.

An Airport Watch program includes a toll-free reporting number directly to the TSA. Pilots carry tamper-resistant, government issued ID, and passengers on many general aviation flights undergo strict background checks. The government cross-checks records for airmen, and monitors aircraft sales to find suspicious activity.

These are the facts about general aviation security – it's unfortunate your readers might have been led to believe otherwise.

Ed Bolen

president and CEO, National Business Aviation Association

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