Help Parkview, hypocritical politicians, “Teflon Trump”, vocal women | Letters

Grateful for the guidance through the maze of Parkview

I had the best experience at Parkview Hospital on Carew Street recently.

I needed to do a flower delivery (in ortho/rehab I believe) and I followed my GPS to an obscure entrance. Not knowing the building, I had no idea where to go inside, so a wonderful employee offered to guide me through the hallways to the elevators, where she directed me to the necessary service. She was so kind and helpful.

As I was leaving, I couldn’t remember my steps to exit the building and walked down several empty hallways, finally spotting a man with a cart of janitorial supplies near an elevator. I asked him for directions and he immediately parked his cart and walked me about a quarter mile through other hallways until I recognized my entry point. I was so grateful for his patient guidance, as I could have been there all afternoon otherwise.

I don’t know their names, but they made my day.

Kathy Foreman

Fort Wayne

The hypocrisy of politicians is eroding faith in democracy

When a person’s behavior is inconsistent or contradictory with their stated beliefs, that person is known as a hypocrite.

For most of human history, hypocritical behavior has been considered shameful. In the past, obvious hypocrisy was an embarrassing kiss of death for a political career. It denoted insincerity or even stupidity. Historically, hypocrisy has not been an admired behavior.

To most people, hypocrisy seems wrong or wrong. Most of us prefer authenticity to hypocrisy. We like to be around people (and political leaders) who are real, genuine, honest, trustworthy and sincere. In ourselves, hypocrisy destroys self-esteem. Authenticity, on the other hand, improves self-esteem and self-confidence.

When highly functional people observe hypocritical behavior in politicians, it diminishes trust in the politician and in the political system as a whole. In recent years, political hypocrisy has lost its shame, evolving into an acceptable political strategy. It is a phenomenon that spreads distrust of a government led by such elected officials.

When a representative form of government wallows in hypocrisy, the concept of autocracy gains appeal to some voters. When elected leaders would rather spread ruinous lies than build consensus for the common good, authoritarianism will inevitably be on the rise.

Before hypocritical politicians can be held accountable for their destructive behavior, voters must be prepared to acknowledge and recognize the disease. It is a frightening thought that our elected officials can be a true reflection of the collective consciousness of American society. As long as enough voters admire and accept hypocritical behavior, the American form of representative government is in danger. I hope that the next elections will be the occasion for a serious examination of conscience before the vote.

Jim Boeglin

Fort Wayne

“Teflon Trump” will probably suffer no consequences

Donald Trump is the only US president to have been impeached twice but not convicted.

Then came the January 6 insurrection and with all the information pointing to Trump being the instigator and director of the action, there were still no consequences for him. And now the latest is the discovery of top-secret classified documents at Trump’s estate in Florida.

I’m not holding my breath to see if he will be judged for his actions. I call it “Teflon Trump” because nothing sticks to it.

Anne Zepke

Fort Wayne

Gratitude for women who stand up for their rights

Gratitude to Allison R. Adams (“A Shameless Proposal,” Sept. 9) for taking the time and energy to voice her opinion regarding the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court.

Also, gratitude for feminists who have written letters on similar topics.

Joni Weber

Fort Wayne

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