We come together to help in time of need
It is not only amazing but when tragedy or emergency situations occur we as fellow humans come together for each other. As I was watching the news special about the shootings in Colorado it brought tears to my eyes seeing people putting their lives at risk to help other women, children, the elderly and families to get safely from the shooter, some being shot in the process.
A few weeks ago when a lot of Fort Wayne lost electricity, people everywhere were helping neighbors, strangers, anyone who needed it. As I rode with my son and grandson as we approached intersections where traffic signals were not working everybody took their turn; nobody tried to rush to get through. Southgate was the only place we could go to get needed supplies. Everybody was sold out of ice, but those who had shared with those who didn’t
Burger King was the only place to get a meal. They kept the inside open plus the drive thru. My grandson and I decided to go in. It was packed with mothers, fathers and children, but nobody was impatient and even the children seemed to understand things are “different” tonight. They were not crying or asking for something different than what mom got. The staff was polite trying to get orders done as quickly as possible. We were there for a couple of hours but it was worth it to have something to eat.
I stayed with my grandson’s mother who had lights, so I was fortunate due to my health problems.
I was without lights for almost four days, but it has really made me appreciate some of the small things we take for granted.
I have lived in Fort Wayne all my life and for the most part people here help each other out, but it shouldn’t take an emergency for us to go that extra mile. My prayers are for those families in Colorado tonight. I hope they are in yours, too.
Killer's release shows flawed judicial system
On July 29 I read a story about an officer’s killer’s release.
Marshal William Miner Jr. was doing his duty the taxpayers were paying him to do in the early morning hours of May 28, 1983. William J. Spranger was committing a crime at the same time. When the Marshal confronted Spranger and his companion, instead of giving up and paying for his crime Spranger chose to fight.
In the ensuing fight Miner lost his gun, and without hesitation Spranger shot and killed the marshal and left him to die along the deserted highway like some animal.
Spranger was convicted in our court system of murder and received a 60-year sentence, but with time off for good behavior he served just 29 years.
It was reported that Spranger did not have good behavior while in prison, so why was his sentence cut in half? How nice it is that a convicted murderer can get released after 29 years and start his life over. Wouldn’t it be nice if Miner’s family and loved ones could have him back to start his life over?
Is our judicial system flawed? My answer is yes when a liar, thief and murderer can start his life over with no regard to the victim or his family and loved ones is given.
Danny Lee Jackson
Indiana No. 1 . . . in food stamp fraud?
Indiana is finally No. 1 in the nation in something: food stamp fraud — actually paying out more illegally than legally. Amazing.
I always thought our elected officials were stewards of our tax dollars.
What is even more amazing to me is it was on the national news and front page news, in USA Today’s newspaper yet not one word on channels 21 and 33 local news.
If it was in the Journal Gazette I didn’t see it, and I get the paper every day.
Act of kindness
On July 27, at the Bob Evans restaurant on Coliseum Boulevard we were wonderfully surprised with a “Random Act of Kindness.” Our breakfast had been paid for by a young gentleman who only let us call him Bob.
We had read letters to the editor from many people who had also been a recipient of this kind act and can fully understand their surprise and appreciation.
We publicly and sincerely want to say “thanks” to this young man.
Wayne and Mary Barksdale