Letters to the editor, June 12
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Updated: December 5, 2012 10:28AM
Quickly callers have facts
all wrong on Olympic bid
During the week of May 27, two contributors to the Quickly column asserted that the Republicans blocked the 2016 Olympics from coming to Chicago.
Those people should have checked their facts first. On or about Oct. 1, 2009, President Barack Obama and then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley led a delegation to Copenhagen to bid on the 2016 Olympics before the International Olympic Committee.
Chicago was out of contention after the first round. The finalists were Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. Rio made the final cut.
As far as I know, no Republican sat on the IOC or were part of the Chicago delegation.
I would think even your youngest employee would at least remember some of the more salient facts before publishing an outright lie; that is, the IOC voted on Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid.
What I do believe is that your “journalists” make up these items and publish them as anonymous contributions to make the opposition party look bad.
I also believe your paper has zero integrity, lacks even a semblance of journalistic ethics and reflects the mainstream media bias against conservatives.
Defensive driving program
a money grab for state, city
The State Board of Accounts prescribed a receipt form for ordinance violations for the Gary City Clerk’s Office.
The following is an itemized breakdown of court costs and state user fees on that form that drivers must pay to participate in the S.T.O.P. Defensive Driving program, instead of accumulating points on their driving records with a conviction.
† State share $38.50
† County share $14
† City or town share $17.50
† Document storage fee $2
† Law enforcement continuing education $4
† Automated record-keeping fee $5
† Public defense administration fee $5
† Judicial insurance adjustment fee $1
† Judicial salaries fees (state share) $14.25
† Judicial salaries fees (city or town share) $ 4.75
† Court administration fee $5
† DNA sample processing fee $2
† Gary City Court probation $25
† Total ordinance violation fees per participant: $138
Why should a person with a traffic violation pay a $2 fee for DNA sample processing and most of the other ridiculous fees listed above?
Can DNA prove that a person did not run a red light or rolled through a stop sign?
I think the primary objective of the S.T.O.P. Defensive Driving program should be to educate the participants on defensive driving, not to raise funds at the expense of the participants.