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Letters to the editor

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

GM/UAW Local 2209 lauded for generosity

Many people are probably unaware that General Motors/UAW Local 2209 was No. 1 in Allen County United Way fundraising for 2012. As we have closed another year, I wanted to recognize the people of GM/UAW Local 2209. While not forgetting the generosity of so many other area businesses and their employees, we should take time to remember the extraordinary contribution these folks have been making to our community for over a quarter century.

Since General Motors came to Allen County in 1985, these hard-working generous people have been building award-winning quality products, while also contributing their time, money and skills in ways that touch the lives of thousands in our community and the surrounding area. For more than 26 years, United Way and so many others have relied on that generosity for much-needed help.

United Way Day of Caring, Red Cross Blood drives, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Adopt a Family, Breast Cancer Awareness and Walk, Make a Wish, March of Dimes, Associated Churches Food Bank, Community Harvest Food Bank, and multiple additional area community church food banks, Wolf Lake Free Medical Clinic, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Buddy Walk for Autism Awareness, Wayne Township Trustee’s Healthy Cities and Military Veterans Assistance, Relay for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and much more.

Additionally, UAW Local 2009 and GM members are involved as volunteers, giving countless hours as mentors and helpers with big hearts, supporting our churches, our children’s schools, scouting and sports teams.

May God bless and protect the people of GM Fort Wayne/UAW Local 2209 and all of our community volunteers and donors. This is what it means to Live United.

Vickie Meyers, director of labor and community services, United Way of Allen County

Don't put Gen. Wayne on Courthouse Green

Why would anyone of importance in the city want to impose any disorder to the Courthouse Green park area by adding Gen.Anthony Wayne’s statue and base? Evidently, the $100,000 cost to move the statue is of no concern. If the statue is dwarfed by the surrounding grove of trees and brush, why not trim and clean up the surrounding clutter of forestry. Let Gen. Wayne have his prominence in Freimann Square, its current location.

The Courthouse Green area is maintained as a beautiful park-like setting, benefiting the citizens of Fort Wayne. It needs to remain as such. The Park Department does a terrific job managing the seasonal flowers, beds and lawn care year round. The park needs to stay that way.

If it must be moved, move the statue to the Old Fort site on Spy Run Avenue. Thousands of vehicles use this thoroughfare daily. After all, this city is named for Gen. Wayne, and he will receive his notoriety and will please those wanting to relocate him.

Why not ask the citizens of Fort Wayne to vote on the relocation process. There are thousands of clear-minded residents who have opinions. No doubt, their tax dollars are being used to cover the costs of transitioning the statue and base, if only across the street. More than one individual should be in this decision process.

The courthouse itself has received the nation’s highest certificate of honor of historical courthouses. Keep the park around the building uncluttered and magnificent as it stands.

Linda Allen

Waste of money

Tom Henry is spending $100,000 to move a statue that is the namesake of the city. No mention of where the money is coming from — imagine that. It’s understandable to want the Anthony Wayne statue in a more prominent place because the city was named after him. It does not make sense, however, to spend $100,000 to do it, especially during such harsh economic times. It won’t create any long-term jobs nor bring in a steady stream of tax revenue. Does anyone really believe visitors will be prompted to spend money here because of a statue on a horse? Looks like many others do not like this newest wasteful spending by Henry, either. Do we even have a City Council here anymore? Doesn’t look like it.

Laura J. Smyser

What? No money?

I read the other day that the FWFD can no longer conduct fire drills or talk fire safety at schools because the city doesn’t have the money. What a crock!

Except for fuel it costs nothing extra. Firefighters like getting out with the kids. The combat division also did most of the building inspection at one time, which was a cost saving. These are tough times and will have to be met with solutions that do not automatically include raising taxes .This is simply the city trying to leverage Council for a tax hike.

John Bloom