Letters to the editor, June 20
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Updated: July 21, 2012 6:04AM
Stay away from independent contractors for home work
If you hire someone to work on your home, be sure to hire a reputable company.
Stay away from independent contractors; they will do inferior work, and there is nothing you can do about it; the law is on their side. If you think small claims court is the answer, guess again. Save yourself some grief and hire a business that does the work itself.
I got burned; the judge took my paper work with the complaints of the work not being completed, the registered letters sent with no response from the contractor, and pictures taken of the mess the contractor made. He made a decision based on what he heard from the defendant, who was under oath and stated the work was complete. He did not bother to read the paperwork I submitted.
It taught me a valuable lesson: Do not trust the individual who has his own business, because the law is on his side. The courts protect the businesses, and we, the people, are the victims. Go to places like Home Depot. It may seem like the price is too high, but Home Depot does not hire contractors, you get quality work, and it takes full responsibility for the work.
Politicians out of touch
on just about every issue
Richard Mourdock and Todd Rokita have said a family of four making $30,657 can afford to buy its own health insurance.
That is a typical out-of-touch Republican stance. Yes, the so-called poor can afford private insurance, if they give up food, housing or both. Call it what it is — stupid.
Rokita and Mourdock are supposed to be leaders, but they shelter themselves from the laws they create for their constituents. If they really believe what they say, they should give up their taxpayer-supported health care and pension plans, because that is what real leaders do. They could afford it, with the generous salaries they get from taxpayers.
It’s time politicians were subject to the same laws as the rest of us.
Maybe then, they would be more “in touch” with the rest of us. Maybe then, there would be less gridlock in Congress.
Park pony not healthy, but staff won’t listen to advice
The new pony at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso is seriously lame.
I was told this at the June Porter County Park Board meeting. It won’t make it into the minutes; it never made the paper, either.
My question is, is he being treated? He at least should get medication. He is stuck with two goats in a 30-by-40-foot enclosure, which is way too small.
Park officials know nothing about caring for animals, and they refuse to listen to an expert such as myself. The pony also is kept away from the public. The goats you can pet; the pony you can’t. Why is that? Isn’t he supposed to be there for the public?