Waynedale Opinion Articles

Our local writers give you insight of their original opinions on the latest Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana news and entertainment topics. Movie, restaurant, show and event reviews are in this section.

Reflections on Summer Camp

 

I started going to summer church camp as a camp counselor the year after I graduated from seminary in 1978. For those of us who are United Methodist, I was a counselor at Senior High Institute that summer at Epworth Forest in North Webster, and I became involved in the camping program of North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church from that point on.

I had been on a retreat in college at a camp called Camp Loucon (short for Louisville Annual...

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The attached photo was forwarded from one of the last U.S. Marine companies in Iraq. They would like to have it passed to as many people as possible, to let the folks back home know that they remember why they’re there and that they remember those who’ve been lost.

Message from Iraq

 

The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was anyway to get this into your paper to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT...

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I am growing up in a world in which there is a different magic pill for any ailment or problem I may have. If I'm sad, I could be prescribed Prozac. If I can't concentrate, my doctor could give me Ritalin. For any sort of anxiety, I could be given Zoloft (the one with the cute little depressed bubble). It is remarkable and somewhat incomprehensible how many health professionals seem to think that if a kid isn't feeling 100 percent normal, a little white capsule will fix everything. My...

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THOSE WIZARD USHERS

 

One of the pluses when you attend a Wizards game is you get a chance to talk to the many stadium ushers. They are very friendly and quite knowledgeable about baseball. There are many, and a few that come to mind are: Vern Doehrman, Connie Bricker, Tony Ahvens, Peggy Collins, Jim Millhouse and (pictured above) Bill and Nancy McCleary.

The reason all are living examples is because of a statement one made. "We are here because we choose to be here." All ushers go...

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Reflections on Poverty

 

Now that I've got your attention...

Why write about "poverty" when most persons are trying their best to pursue "the American Dream?" And, to top it off, Labor Day is approaching, isn't it? Yes, indeed.

Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3 NRSV).

The word for "poor" in the Greek of the New Testament is the word ptochoi, which means one who is a pauper. This is language we don't use everyday, when we...

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For some reason really weird movies have had really big success this summer. Case in point: Napoleon Dynamite.

This bizarre movie about one of the biggest nerds you will ever meet is a hilarious comeback for the "loser movie." Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a teenager who still obsesses over unicorns and other magical creatures. He can't get a girl, he can't get a car, and he just can't seem to get his grandma's llama to eat when he feeds her. Napoleon lives with his grandmother and his...

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