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The Rant

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 7:45 am

The Rant is The News-Sentinel's anonymous sound-off forum. The readers' views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

To “pickup truck cowboy” rantee: Driving a “safe and normal speed” on snow-/ice-covered roads is not zooming in and out of traffic while the rest of us really are driving to the existing conditions. … Slow down, if you live in my ZIP code: You are driving up my insurance rates.

If new (nursing) homes were allowed to open, the existing ones might lower their fees and hire more help. Everyone wins that way. Republicans always think government control is the answer to everything.

Maybe it's time to think about setting up a new country in a few Northeastern states. It could be populated with the people who hate the U.S., including the freedom-hating, gun-hating, religion-hating, traditional marriage-hating, success-hating, law-hating elitist snobs known as Obama liberals.

To the ranters complaining about the snowplows piling snow in the driveways, mailboxes and hydrants: What do you expect? Should the snowplow driver stop, get out of his truck and shovel the snow away? … This is your neighborhood, your community. We all need to step up, pitch in and help.

We worry about politics. … But why don't we worry about what the solar system throws at us? We asked Congress for $20 billion to shore up our power grid, and they said no. Think about your life if the power went off … and would not come back for 10 years.

We love basketball. … My rant is why doesn't IPFW join a better league? They already play Big Ten teams. We could compete in the MAC. It would be great to see a full house at (Memorial Coliseum) when we play.

Get ready for politics as usual. The big boys go to the conservative meeting and say anything that the audience wants to hear. They are just preaching to the choir. Makes great sound bites but does nothing to fix the impasse in Washington. Will someone with realistic ideas please step up … .

Why do people with a Ph.D. continue to call themselves doctor? Homer Simpson said it best when someone said, “I am a doctor.” “Medical or the other?” he asked. … I would love to see a doctor of history do the grind that medical doctors go through.

Shame on the trucker who went around us on Highway 5 S. Instead of crossing the double yellow lines, he used the horse/buggy lane — and, yes, there was a horse/buggy up ahead! Endangering the lives of others. … Amish have a lot of courage with us idiots driving like we do!

Instead of the Adams Radio Group buying local radio stations, couldn't they buy local TV stations and teach the on-air personalities how to be more professional?

Back in the 1950s, we gave up a chance to have an elevated highway straight through Fort Wayne from east to west following the rail line. … Now, why don't we continue (Interstate) 469 west of its current northern intersection with (I-)69 out and … reconnect to (I-)69 at Airport Road?

The (IPFW) Dons are the new Gonzaga. Now if we can only get some local talent to stay home and play (basketball), we can win a spot in the NCAAs every year. Do you want to ride the bench at a major or be a local legend in your hometown?

I think the Legacy money should be taken out of the hands of Mayor (Tom) Henry and … the City Council. … Put the money into a utilities fund escrow fund for all the unfunded repairs, like the federal government's required sewer updates!

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