You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • Many factors influence our changing climate
    Many scientists subscribe to the global warming theory (now called “climate change”), but science is not determined by consensus but by facts.
  • Take full advantage of preventive screenings
    The pink of breast cancer awareness month has faded away, but that doesn't mean we should become complacent about the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer – or any other cancer, for that matter.
  • Violence victims deserve a holiday
    After observing another Veterans Day go by, I was happy to see how this holiday has positively progressed over time. A lot of TV commercials had messages honoring our vets.

Cheers & jeers

CHEERS to our neighbor John Shannon, who not only cleared our driveway but also other neighbors’ drives, paths to mailboxes, curbside parking areas and trash bin areas all season long. He is the ultimate friend and neighbor.

DAVE and KARIN HESS Fort Wayne

CHEERS to my neighbor Mark Simmons, who faithfully kept my driveway and our mailboxes clear of snow through all the storms; to my paper and mail delivery people who did not miss a delivery (amazing!); and to all throughout the city who helped their senior neighbors feel safe. Truly, there are a lot of thoughtful caring folks in Fort Wayne.


CHEERS to my neighbor, Tom Sternal and his lovely daughter, Sheryl, who have not only removed snow several times this long winter, but who also place my morning newspaper by the door all year long. There are few gifts as precious as great neighbors.

HELEN L. MERZ Fort Wayne

CHEERS to all those who supported Kingston Residence’s sixth annual Taste of Waynedale March 18 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Whether you were one of the 25 restaurants serving samples, a business that provided a silent auction item or in-kind service, or one of the more than 600 people who enjoyed the evening, thank you! Because of the tremendous support of the community, $10,500 will be split between Community Harvest Food Bank and trails projects for Waynedale.

CAMILLE GARRISON Marketing director Kingston Residence Fort Wayne

JEERS to whoever stole our statue of Saint Francis from a flower bed in the front yard after it had been there almost 26 years. It carried a lot of sentimental value. It was a brown stone statue, stood about 30 to 32 inches tall, in the center of a round stone platform. We would appreciate if whoever may have quietly taken it would return it in the same fashion. No questions will be asked, no further ado, but I am sure your conscience will be more at peace.

A.P. McARDLE Fort Wayne

JEERS to the businesses that did not clear the snow in their areas this winter. I will give homeowners the benefit of the doubt, supposing that as a result of illness, age, etc., they were not able to clear their walks. However, management companies that run shopping centers such as Southgate Plaza, for instance, that didn’t hire anyone to plow the surrounding walks on Calhoun Street, Petit Avenue and Anthony Boulevard baffle me. Students and shoppers alike can be seen walking in that area daily. They should not be forced to do so in the street. Do we really need the City Council to mandate this common decency?


CHEERS to the Grand Wayne Center for the recent contribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. Our clients truly enjoyed this generous donation.

DIANE DAY St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Director