The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 17, 2020 1:00 am


Let's not make lemonade anymore with trash hauler

First off, God bless the ladies at the 311 call center. Their jobs must be difficult, answering so many calls about solid waste issues. Your effort should be acknowledged, and you have my utmost respect.

That said, Red River should be removed as this community's solid waste vendor. For whatever reason, they do not have quality staff in place without making individual or entire neighborhood misses on a regular basis.

Let me draw an easy comparison. If the Journal Gazette repeatedly missed the same customers on a regular basis, would they still have those customers? The obvious answer is no. They have turnover. They have down routes. They have district managers who deliver misses or down routes to fulfill their obligation.

The comparison is valid. Both companies deliver to the entire community. Only one takes the time to know each route and where the paper is to be delivered – or, in Red River's case, where the garbage is to be picked up. I find it difficult to believe a driver who has to drive a hydraulic truck with all its gadgets cannot learn a solid waste route. Something is wrong with the company culture of Red River.

This is the problem with government contracts sometimes. In a haste to save dollars, you bring in a lemon. Red River is your lemon, Fort Wayne, and I for one am not interested in continuing to make lemonade for people who simply do not care about their company.

David L. Nichols

Fort Wayne

Support state effort to cap interest on payday loans

Every year, payday loan companies take $70 million out of the Indiana economy in fees and make huge profits off the backs of the poor, mostly affecting those in our urban areas and predominantly people of color.

These loans are sold as “a solution to a short-term financial need.” In truth, they are a trap that captures the average borrower in a round of eight to 10 loans, borrowing and re-borrowing to escape the ever-growing debt due to astronomical interest rates and fees – now capped at 391%. And, 86% of these payday companies are not even based in Indiana.

To protect the $60 million in profits made here, these companies send in high-powered lobbyists whenever their business practices are challenged. This year, again, Indiana Sen. Greg Walker has introduced a bill (Senate Bill 26) to cap interest rates and fees at a total of 36%, matching the federal caps for loans to military personnel. At our current 391% rate, it is clear our legislature has legalized theft from those who can least afford it.

Citizens of Indiana cannot allow our laws to sanction lending that preys on the poor and most vulnerable among us. Please, call Sen. Eric Bassler, chair of the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, and ask him to schedule a hearing on this important bill (317-232-9400 or 800-382-9467) and then call your state senator and ask him or her to co-sponsor the bill and to vote yes on SB 26.

Nancy Cotterill

vice president, Unite Indy


Reject violence, respect human rights in Iran crisis

In the face of the crisis in Iran, we call on our government to pursue ongoing dialogue and diplomacy and to exercise the self-control that is needed. A military solution is no solution. Rather, it produces retaliation and increased hostility and hatred.

As people of faith, we say no to war, no to violence, no to the dehumanization of our sisters and brothers wherever they may be – in the Middle East, at the border, in prison and everywhere that the dignity of the human person is threatened. We believe in a God of peace who calls us to act nonviolently to create a better world for all of us.

Sr. Mary Jo Nelson

Sr. Lucille Martinez

Sr. Ginger Downey

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters


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