The Journal Gazette
Thursday, April 02, 2020 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Politicians are out of touch

We heard how the government was going to start sending each household money to help pay for things that need to be taken care of. The president was waiting for the bill to cross his desk so he could sign it. Then the bill got stuck on Mitch McConnell's desk because it did not address big corporations' bailout money.

These corporations don't need money. They have enough money to help us all. Besides, they already got a huge tax break; they don't need anymore given to them. The airlines don't need bailout money yet because no one is flying right now. The small businesses need the money to keep their companies going when there is no money coming in to pay the bills.

This kind of stuff makes me so angry, and I feel helpless to do anything to change it. I hope come November people will remember all of this and vote these problem children out of office.

We need people who will actually stand up for the little folks and not the big executives so we can survive this pandemic with some sense of accomplishment and normalcy.

The few are making decisions and choices for the rest of us but really they are just looking out for themselves. This has to stop now!

Laurie Butts

Columbia City

Tips for emotional survival

T.S. Eliot began his great poem “The Waste Land” with the statement: “April is the cruelest month.” I mention this because it typically is not. April is wonderful.

Eliot was in the depths of depression when he wrote those famous words. He may have meant them at the time, but I'm certain when he regained his equilibrium, he saw them only as a poetic phrase.

This April, for us, could be a cruel month. But I hope we will stay calm and composed. Go outside when the weather allows. Bask in the sunlight. Walk your neighborhoods or the parks. I'm certain spring will be as beautiful as ever.

I myself, but for only a moment, have let this isolation and inactivity get me down. But I refuse to let myself fall into anxiety, fear, or despair.

So, I do the following: Stay in contact with my family and friends, by phone or email or Facebook. Offer support, optimism, and advice and let myself enjoy the same in return. Don't fall prey to cynicism and distress. Ignore the worst of it, and be reassured that our government is structured to endure, as it did the influenza of 1918 and the Great Depression.

Stay busy. I read and write all day; the TV never comes on before 5:30. My wife knits and reads. My daughter is painting and drawing for the first time in years. Find or remember something you enjoy — games, puzzles, handiwork, cooking, whatever — and don't spend your day fretting in front of cable news.

I'm 66 years old and in the more vulnerable demographic. I am not afraid. I believe this will pass in months, not years, as some alarmists have said. But I'm trying to do everything the qualified scientific authorities advise, and I hope you will too, regardless of age.

In a different take on the old adage, ex-Beatle George Harrison sang, “All things must pass.” I've always believed he was referring to the bad.

Stay safe and healthy.

Christopher Guerin

 Fort Wayne

Medical advice paramount

“We can't have the cure be worse than the problem.” says our president. It sounds like he was pushing back against some of his own medical advisers, wanting to prematurely loosen restrictions.

So if the “problem” is the possibility that at least thousands of the lives of our fellow Americans would be lost, what can be worse than that?

It makes one wonder whether he is thinking it is more important that the economy reinvigorate and help his reelection effort. After all, he has already shown his willingness to pressure an ally (Ukraine) to investigate a political opponent.

I would love to have an end to all the restrictions and go back to life as normal as much as the next guy, but not at the risk of endangering many lives.

If restrictions are relaxed too soon, it will result in widespread illness and death and with overcrowded hospitals not able to keep up. That decision will not help the economy.

There is plenty of medical expertise available to this president. He needs to listen up.

Dean Beery

North Manchester

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