The Journal Gazette
Sunday, April 05, 2020 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Bill-passing process victim of corruption

It is corrupt and concealing that a congressional bill can have dozens of unrelated expenditures and provisions in it. Unpassable political wishes get shoehorned into a popular bill.

Our founders designed the legislative process to force analysis and cooperation. Stuffing bills like turkeys is the opposite.

Congressional rules should allow only one legislative act per bill so each bill would pass or fail based on its own merit.

Jeannette Jaquish

Fort Wayne 

Banks too interested in China-bashing

I was checking my email on March 27 when I received one of Jim Banks' “The Banks Brief,” dated the same day. It contained a section titled “Pharmacists Need Provider to Address the Pandemic.” Having not heard of this before, I read the letter he drafted to House and Senate leadership, wondering whether our congressman had come up with something new and game-changing.

After reading it, I was in shock. Our congressman actually wants to start sending sick people, those who likely have COVID-19, not to drive-through screenings or special sections on hospital campuses, but to our local pharmacies where the pharmacists will have new powers to administer the tests.

There are a couple of obvious reasons this is a terrible idea:

• With the epidemic ongoing, why would we want to send sick patients to the same location many healthy individuals and senior citizens go to get their medicine? The virus is highly contagious; the last thing we want is to co-mix sick and healthy individuals.

• It takes quite some time to administer a test because of the numerous personal protective precautions required. Why give this needless burden to pharmacists when most pharmacies are busy just trying to fill prescriptions that will only be increasing as more people get sick?

It's pretty obvious Banks is not in touch with his constituents. All I see on social media are complaints about how tests are not readily available, and there's a shortage of supplies at local hospitals. Why isn't he doing something about that? Why isn't he fighting to get more tests and reduce the current five to seven business days that private lab testing is taking (they don't work weekends, evidently).

Banks should quit posting anti-China propaganda and start working for his constituents.

Dave Millar

Fort Wayne

MAGA worship won't bring coronavius cure

First Richard Baker (Letters, March 25) compares the president to an angel, writing without one fact about Donald Trump's victories. Then Mike Keller (March 27) tells us Trump is the greatest leader during the pandemic.

Both want to blame anyone who doesn't think like them when it is the two of them who need to stop living in an alternative reality. Both want the country to come together but refuse to accept that the divider-in-chief is to blame for much of the partisan behavior in this country. 

The country needs a leader through this pandemic. Instead, we have an amoral individual incapable of showing one drop of empathy. This is the individual who not once has even attempted to admit to his shortcomings or a mistake. A true leader would be able to do this. Not Trump; it is always someone else's fault much like Baker and Keller did, blaming “the left-leaning media,” the Democrats, etc.

One only has to go back to his many misleading statements about the pandemic. Is that what they want us to believe is angelic and strong leadership? I for one do not accept this.

Wrapping yourself in a Trump-ian blanket with a MAGA hat will not save you or your family during the pandemic. 

Thom Bauer

Fort Wayne

Fellow Kroger shopper shows generosity

I would like to thank the wonderful gentleman who paid $20 of my $30 grocery bill at the New Haven Kroger Store about 8:25 a.m. on March 21.

John Seely

Fort Wayne

Pharmacists continue to fill our needs

Health care workers across the country are grappling with their response to COVID-19 and tirelessly working on our behalf to treat sick patients, all while putting themselves at risk of infection.

Among these health care workers are your local pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For many Hoosiers, there is a pharmacy located close by, making pharmacists one of the most accessible health care professionals.

Your pharmacist needs your help as they continue to serve you. Here are some ways you can help:

• Many pharmacies now offer home delivery services. Take advantage to avoid unnecessary trips in public.

• Many pharmacies have a drive-through or offer curbside pickup. If yours has one, use it instead of going inside.

• If you are at an elevated risk of infection or have symptoms, have someone else pick up your prescriptions for you.

Purdue's Center for Health Equity & Innovation has developed a resource to help the public understand prescription pick-up options that are available. This resource is available at

Finally, be wary of purchasing medication online. While your local pharmacist helps keep you healthy, criminals are exploiting fear and confusion by selling fake preventions, treatments and alleged cures. At best, these fake products are ineffective; at worst, they are deadly. There are safe pharmacies online, but make sure to use the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to verify the pharmacy first at

Pharmacists stand ready to continue serving patients, so let's do our part to protect them.

Darren R. Covington

Executive vice president, Indiana Pharmacists Association

Journalists providing an essential service

Donald Trump is fond of bashing the media, but without them, in this time of crisis, our situation would be even more dire.

The Washington Post motto “Democracy dies in darkness” is true at any time, and today, when there is so much misinformation about coronavirus and when there is so much need for expert advice and direction, we would be headed for utter catastrophe were it not for reliable reporting at all levels.

From local print journalism, radio and television, we learn what is happening near our homes; we learn where and how to help; and we find inspiring stories about local heroes, such as doctors, nurses, first responders, and those who provide food and spiritual sustenance

From national and international outlets, we can try to understand the suffering of the entire human community. From reading, listening and watching, we can learn the truth.

To provide essential coverage in northeast Indiana and around the world — including Spain, Italy, New York and other coronavirus hot spots — journalists work long hours and put their lives at risk. We should thank them.

Charles Boebel

North Manchester

Newspaper offers a dose of normalcy

In this time of fear and uncertainty, I'm grateful to the Journal Gazette staff, and Fort Wayne Newspapers employees and carriers for doing an amazing job under difficult circumstances to keep reliable news and information coming to our doorstep. That smack of the morning paper landing on our porch is a daily reassurance that things are going to go on.

Trish Anderson-Boerger

Fort Wayne

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