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The Rant for March 1, 2017

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 09:01 pm

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.



I have no use for most of the Hollywood crowd and their phony awards. With few exceptions, they come across as self-righteous hypocrites and professional imposters. I no longer go to movies or watch them on TV.

Even though I never agreed with his politics and I never voted for him or ever would, Mike Pence seems to be the only sane person in the Trump administration. He doesn't yell or scream, and he keeps a calm demeanor. Hopefully, he can put a lasso around the bull in the china shop that is (President) Trump.

Why aren't laws for cell phone use behind the wheel the same as drinking and driving?

(President) Trump can build a wall. A person can hang an effigy of Trump from a tree. But my neighborhood off of Dupont Road won't let me fly an American flag in my backyard. This is not right giving this kind of power to an (neighborhood) association.

It would be nice if the garbage collection trucks would vary their route. They wake up the same people 6-7 a.m. every week, every month, every year.

Why does everybody want me dead? I am being bombarded from the cemetery to buy vaults, funerals, etc., and I am being sent cremation information in the mail! 

The controversies of the 1960s and '70s that Jeff Sessions was engaged in were largely defined by racists, both black and white. Whoever got involved was automatically besmirched as a racist because the issues were defined by racists. That was more than 30 years ago. A reasonable person might assume that Sessions has outgrown those difficult times.

On the story of the three northeast Indiana busloads of ladies who marched in D.C.: Was there one woman in all the thousands marching for justice who could say: I voted for Trump, I'm pro-life and I own a handgun? That is a real woman who has found her rights and justice.

President Trump and his administration demand respect. Respect must be earned, not demanded. Trump's infantile rants and vile discourse earn him every bit of disrespect he receives. 

Sen. John McCain, with all due respect for your heroic service to our country, would you please just admit that you are a liberal in conservative clothing. First, you attack and misrepresent President Trump's immigration plan and then you go on "Meet the Press" and imply the president is trying to "suppress" the "free press." You did admit that the American press can be adversarial (and certainly we know that's true when a Republican is in the White House), but do you actually not understand the difference between "criticizing" and suppressing? The press should never be controlled by government, but it also should never be above criticism, sir.

Fort Wayne City Council now taxes you more on all of your vehicles. The state legislature is now going to raise your taxes on vehicles (which amounts to a double tax), gas to run those vehicles and cigarettes. That is what Republicans do. 

My daughter and her fiance have been planning a wedding for the last year. I said I would help them out financially. When (President) Trump won and they decided to shove that fact in my face, I told them to have Trump pay for their wedding because they were over the top on their actions toward me. Young and dumb. It is a very expensive lesson for them to learn, but they will learn from their arrogance. Some things are better left unsaid.

You want (President) Trump to build a wall. Do you really know how far 2,000 miles, the length of the U.S. and Mexican border, is from Fort Wayne? That is a wall from the Allen County Courthouse (nearly) all of the way to San Juan, Puerto Rico. To those of you who have cruised, you know how far that is. Do those of you who can't afford a cruise, ... that is a really far away. Ain't gonna happen.

All of these wheel taxes (county, city and now state), yet the streets still look awful. Asphalt streets are supposed to last 15 years if done right. So many of our streets seem to be done over and over again. I love that the street crews plop a little asphalt in a hole and then expect us, the drivers, to compact it with our tires. What is going on?

(Nearly) $188 million for sewer tunnel, ... ($105) million for (downtown) arena. Taxes are getting higher, water/sewer rates getting higher, utilities getting higher. We need to reel this mayor in.

So Allen County charges us a wheel tax and the City of Fort Wayne charges us a wheel tax. What happens to the tax money they already collect for road repairs through property taxes. Oh, ya, that's blown on other things. Just like the fire hydrant tax we have now. Creative taxing. When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough?

I will never ever, ever, ever, ever consider this madman (Donald Trump) s the bonafide president of the United States of America. He is a disgrace to the office. He is the Kim Jong Un of America.

I sure hope the police take notice of the racing of cars in the Trier Road and Elwood area. The noise all hours of the day and night is most annoying. The rude driving behavior of the young drivers is a recipe for disaster.

If you are a Republican and you watch ABC, NBC or CBS and CNN, then you are having an affair against your president. Either you are married to what Trump says, or you are cheating on him by watching these stations. Which is it?

History will be unkind to (President) Trump and his supporters.

The local weekly guest columnist ... is way out in right-wing field. He is also paid to work for the Fort Wayne Community Schools by our tax dollars. He either needs to quit indoctrinating our children into the right-wing philosophy or resign his position. I don't want my tax dollars used to brainwash children into his hatred of other human beings.

If you did not believe that Fox News is the propaganda arm of the Republican party, then check out (President) Trump's ... tweet, "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!" I have ran out of synonyms for idiot to describe Trump. Thanks voters. You have elected Stalin.

The next person who calls me a left-winger to my face is going to get a left hook to theirs. Talk is cheap; it's action that counts.

This is what (President) Trump has done for my family. My wife and I with 10 years of college between us were let go from our jobs because of downsizing two days after the election. We are now working three part-time jobs. Most companies are telling us that they will not hire because there is to much uncertainty over what Trump is going to do. Thanks, Trump. We are waiting for you to make America great again while we ponder using the food pantry so we can eat again.

You voted for (President) Trump because he will run America like a business. Fifty percent of all businesses fail during their first year. Trump has had more bankruptcies than he has had wives. What a fool he and his supporters are.

I will debate any Republican ranter anytime in front of my class at IPFW. I promise you won't be shouted down, but you will be put to task if you use falsehoods because my students are really smart and they can fact check you online before you are done with your statement. We will even have refreshments. Maybe some Trump steaks and Trump water.

If Jesus was a Democrat, he wasn't, and Satan was a Republican, ..., Satan would win the election because Republicans are so blind that they can't even see the truth. Jesus heals while Trump reels.

If members of City Council and some local naysayers want a referendum on the GE (General Electric) project and the (downtown) event center, why stop there? Let's have a referendum on the city budget, the purchase of new fire trucks, the size of the police force, what roads we are going to repair, and on and on. Get serious. If you don't want to live in a vibrant city, then move to Butte, Mont., a sleepy little town. I'll help you pack.

All Fox (News) does is attack, attack, attack all of the time. They attacked Obama and all Democrats for eight years. Now that Republicans are in control, they attack all media that is not right wing. It is the Republicans who have driven this severely divided country with their hatred of everything Democratic. Republicans stalled forever when Obama was in office, but now they cry foul. What losers! Sad!

So (Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ) Jehl doesn't want to make the hard choices about the new event center downtown. This from a man who was adamantly against Parkview Field and the Tin Caps. Look what has happened since Parkview Field has opened. Downtown is booming. People are on the streets enjoying food, music and just having fun. If you can't make the hard choices because you are worried about your run for mayor Mr. Jehl, do us all a favor and step down.

I live in a neighborhood where I pay homeowner association dues. Every year I get a bill, and I pay it. The neighborhood where I live has restrictions and covenants. If I do not follow the rules, then I get a notice from a board member. Too many cars in the driveway, no boats, no campers allowed, can't have garage door up to long, can't park on the street. Yet these rules do not apply to the board members themselves — just to the paying homeowner.

(President) Trump declares that anti-semitism is horrible yet he has his own war with Muslims. 

Democrats are sure painting a pad picture of themselves — rioters, hatemongers, obstructionists, unable to wait four years for another chance. That isn't what this country is founded on!

Funny how the very liberal Democrats fancy themselves to be the people of love, forgiveness, charity and tolerance. Like the Woody Guthrie song. But it is all lies. Just try to dissagree with them quietly and respectfully. Then you will see the hate, bigotry and anarchy as they shout you down, threaten you and even attack you if they think no one is recording. 

If you are of Irish ancestry and you are for (President) Trump's travel ban, then you know nothing about your heritage. The Irish were not welcome in America. They were considered third-class citizens.

"In God We Trust":  I don't approve of political jokes. I've seen too many of them get elected.

Let me be blunt to the ranter who doesn't like the rants: Do not read them. Problem solved!

Have you ever in your life seen commercials supporting a (U.S.) Supreme Court Judge nominee? 

I have never lived under a totalitarian regime until now. Now I know what my grandmother, a Jew who came here from Germany, was talking about.

Eighty years ago, the mentally ill, unwed mothers (and people with Down syndrome) were all kept out of the public eye. Nowadays, we know better. But this (Trump) administration has started it again with gays, transgenders and homosexuals. The progress and understanding that we now have is being exterminated by Trump. Remember the last major extermination?

My best friend came to America with his parents when he was 2 years old. He went to and graduated from Fort Wayne Community Schools. We both went to and graduated from IPFW. He has been working on getting American citizenship for years. Now married with two kids, he is worried. He did tell me that, if he is deported, he will return and live in the shadows, but American life is all that he knows. Shame on the United States of America to separate this man from his family and his country.

A ranter has called for the end of the rant column because too many rants are opposed to the current president. This didn't seem to be of concern during the last presidency. Also, this paper has a Tip of the Hat column where you could post all of your praises for the chief executive.

The (Indiana) legislature is going after an easy target with smokers. They should step up and pass a ... (obesity) tax. That would be fair to all and prolong more lives than attacking smokers ever will. 

The reason things you buy at ... (a national big box retailer) break soon and don't last very long is because ... (that retailer) has squeezed their suppliers to make cheap products. Do you really want to do that to defense contractors who make fighter jets and aircraft carriers? I hope not. Our military deserves the best, not the cheapest.

I guess if (Allen County Commissioner) Linda Bloom doesn't have to follow the rules, the rest of us don't either?

President Trump has ordered all government departments to save taxpayers' money. Perhaps he himself should start renting out Trump Tower, which is extremely expensive for taxpayers to protect, and stop going to Mar-a-Lago every weekend, which is costing taxpayers serious money, and just live in the taxpayers' White House and Camp David! Apparently not up to his standards.

While driving north on Hobson Road near the entrance to Ivy Tech and Canterbury Green a school bus facing south is stopped. Flashing lights, the red STOP arms are out as the driver was picking up students. All four lanes of traffic are stopped as well, except for the guy driving the white GMC SUV with the "Snider" sticker in the back window. He never tried to stop! He blew on through the green light even as I honked my horn trying to get his attention to stop for the school bus and the students. He did however, make it to his destination ... (a nearby restaurant)! You sir are a complete idiot!

Suggestion to (Allen County) Commissioner Linda Bloom: Linda, before you embarrass yourself any more, please resign.Your quote of, "I don't have to do what they tell me to do," puts you above the law? 

I will back (President) Trump 100 percent if he does two things: Release his tax returns and apologize for all of the lies he tells. If not, I will fight him tooth and nail until he leaves office in disgrace like (President) Nixon did.

If Mexico doesn't pay for the wall, then the (President) Trump supporters should pay for it — not me!

If George Soros is paying all of the protesters, he'll be broke in six months!

There seems to be no room for compassion and empathy in the Republican agenda.

I, like President Trump, condemn anti-Jewish hostilities. However, I don't use the term "anti-Semitic" because there are other Semitic people, like Arabs. I've never heard the term, "pro-Semitic" to refer to love and respect for Jews. I've never heard Hanukkah and Yom Kippur called "Semitic" holidays.

Someone needs to give our mayor a map of Fort Wayne. He doesn't know there are other parts of our city besides downtown. We need to show him there is an east, west, north and south parts of our cty. Our streets are in terrible condition. Some neighborhoods need assistance. 

I would like to know which stores carry Ivanka Trump apparel? She has a very tasteful line of clothing, and I for one, will buy it. I did not march in Washington, D.C., only to have a "Grab your Wallet" person speak for me.  

(President) Trump and his mouthpieces continue to whip up fear and hatred of immigrants, especially Muslims. If they can't do it legitimately, they make up stories (Bowling Green, Sweden, etc.) to make their point. Yet after a real, actual incident — a white, far-right, Trump-admiring extremist attacks, murders and wounds Muslims at a Quebec City mosque — there's not one word of condemnation by Trump. Disgraceful! When will people wake up and realize they are being conned and manipulated by an unhinged, egocentric bigot drunk with power and just trying to get his way?

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