ANTHONY SQUIRE To the Editor:Before and after President Trump became our president, in some segments of the country I saw media images of some protesters with signs likening President Trump to Hitler or that our nation had veered toward fascism. You may disagree with presidential Executive Orders or Memoranda, but a show of respect is due our president. President Trump does appear to be more authoritarian than authoritative at times but I do not think he’s a fascist like Hitler. There are ample signs that our country’s system of checks and balances are operating. Protests are held, mostly peacefully. Academics and scholars still voice their opinions in the press. Talk shows and pundits of all stripes still have not been censored. With some irregularities notwithstanding, and some exceptions, people are not disenfranchised. Trial by jury is still the democratic model. The three branches of government are still in dynamic tension. Citizens have broad exercise of freedoms despite some restrictions in privacy. So, no, the USA is not a fascist country. I urge more verbal restraint in protests against specific Trump policy matters, less anti-Trump venting, inflammatory rhetoric. You may get a better hearing as you exercise your constitutional rights in a civil manner and dialogue on points of agreement and disagreement. Exercise discipline by avoiding demonizing our president or his office. By and large, we are still a “land of the free” and for that, I never take my liberties as a citizen for granted.
WhatsApp Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ South Bend man facing murder charge in woman’s shooting death By Jon Zimney – April 15, 2021 1 197 Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A South Bend man is set for arraignment on Thursday, April 15, on murder and eight other counts in connection with the shooting death of Lateisha Burnett back on April 1.Kenneth Darryl Dogan, 41, faces invasion of privacy, battery, recklessness and attempted murder charges, as well.Burnett was found with gunshot wounds inside a home in the 1200block of West Dunham Street.Dogan was previously charged in connection with the case, but not charged with Burnett’s death, until now.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information:The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges in connection with a St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit homicide investigation. Kenneth Darryl Dogan, 41 of South Bend, was charged in a nine countinformation in the April 1, 2021 shooting death of Lateisha Burnett (1200 block of W.Dunham, South Bend).Kenneth Darryl Dogan is charged with:Count I: Invasion of Privacy a Class A MisdemeanorCount II: Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon a Level 5 FelonyCount III: Burglary a Level 1 FelonyCount IV: Criminal Recklessness a Level 5 FelonyCount V: Attempted Murder a Level 1 FelonyCount VI: Attempted Murder a Level 1 FelonyCount VII: Voluntary Manslaughter a Level 2 FelonyCount VIII: Felony Murder a FelonyCount IX: Murder a FelonyProbable cause was found and an arrest warrant ordered issued. He was ordered heldwithout bond and remains in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail. Kenneth Dogan’sarraignment is scheduled for April 15th, at 1:00 p.m. (Traffic & MisdemeanorCourtroom, 1855 Courthouse, 112 S. Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN).Kenneth Dogan was previously charged in connection with this CMHU investigation, butnot in Ms. Burnett’s death (cause number 71D03-2104-F5-000071). That cause numberwas dismissed, and the two counts in that case (Invasion of Privacy, a Class AMisdemeanor and Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, a Level 5 Felony) were re-filedtoday in the attached charges.The sentencing range for Murder is 45 to 65 years. The sentencing range for a Level 1Felony is 20 to 40 years. The sentencing range for a Level 2 Felony is 10 to 30 years. Thesentencing range for a Level 5 Felony is 1 to 6 years. Finally, the sentencing range for aClass A Misdemeanor is up to 1 year. Previous articleIndiana lawmakers back off plan to do away with gun permitsNext articleBody found of man swept into Lake Michigan at Silver Beach Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.