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Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to St. James Lutheran Church in New Haven for its enduring wonderfulness. I have been continually blessed and showered with cards, letters, notes and packages. The support means the world to all of us. The package I got today was brilliant: snacks, socks (just in time for the cold) and gifts for the Afghan kids. We will give them the stuffed animals when we get the chance. Thank you so very much.

CPL. WILLIAM C. BOWLAND U.S. Marine Unit 41062

CHEERS to the special ladies who paid for my dinner at Red Lobster on Jan. 14. When I was ready to pay my bill, the waitress told me it had already been paid by the two ladies sitting across from me. I was totally surprised by this thoughtful and heart-warming gesture. May God bless them.


JEERS to whoever decided Jodie Foster’s “witty speech” where she apparently announced she is gay should be in the “Winners” designation of the Weekly Scorecard (Jan. 19). Don’t you see how our society is deteriorating morally?


CHEERS to all who helped in my rescue after I fell through the ice while ice fishing at Wahk-Shin-Gah Lake on Jan. 3. I want to thank Markle fire and rescue, Huntington County EMS, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Roush Lake fish and wildlife employees, Warren Fire Department and Indiana State Police. On every run you make, you touch someone’s life. I am very thankful for what you did.

I was told there was a concern about the length of rope. A very special thank you to Michael Grant of the Markle Fire Department for going out to me with the rescue line and making sure it was long enough.

A very special thank you to Jim Koon of Huntington for making sure I had my ice spikes, then calling 911 and keeping me calm. We are all now connected in a very special way now.


JEERS to the owner of the property at 4011 South Wayne Ave. This building was formerly the home of the Shawnee Branch of the Allen County Public Library. It’s at the end of the small strip of shops now anchored by The Friendly Fox coffee shop. But unlike the library, which, though small, contributed mightily to the intellect and enlightenment of the people of the neighborhood, and unlike The Friendly Fox, which has done wonders to attempt to revitalize our little corner of south Fort Wayne, this place denigrates the area. Weeds grow on the sidewalks in the summer and a trailer hitch full of junk sits in front of the place, which is now nothing more than a glorified storage shed. I’m not sure what would make anyone want to buy or refurbish any of adjoining buildings with this eyesore sitting there.