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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:05AM



People must take back power if Congress won’t act now

Americans can end the gridlock with this statement to Washington: Our government can’t move in any direction with this squabbling and bickering going on.

We are one nation, under God. Let’s start this movement ourselves. We, the people, expect more from our government. These two parties can’t even cross the aisles in Washington.

Some $6 billion was wasted in this election on two men, while many in our nation are suffering. Mr. President, your basketball game is over; it’s time for a game to unify our government, to jump-start America in a movement forward.

If government parties can’t come together now, the American people will have to force this deadlock in government by holding back the next pay raise.

If government continues to be gridlocked, if Congress won’t act, our president must.

Pat Tuleja

Schererville

Lake Station water project
is too risky to take on now

It is my opinion, the water improvement project in Lake Station is not being done thoroughly, and the outcome is too uncertain for residents to pay a $7,455,000 loan when we don’t know if the proposed filtration plant will be what this community needs for clean, drinkable water.

Just because you can filter water does not mean the water is safe, making this project a crapshoot at best.

The mayor and City Council want to filter the same water we have now. We all know what this water does to our health and our plumbing. That is why we don’t drink it, and comprehensive testing of the aquifer should not be ignored.

We have had rate increases and still drink bottled water at our expense. If the filtration plant does not work, we, as rate payers, must repay this money. The stakes are too high, and we have too much at risk. We need the EPA to monitor this project.

Cynthia Robbins

Lake Station

Calling government help
an ‘entitlement’ should end

In a large sense, the word “entitlement” is a propaganda strategy of the financial and insurance industries to belittle the efforts of many who have wished to institute humane recourse to life’s various challenges.

Indeed, our Constitution encourages the promotion of the general welfare; welfare, here, meaning well-being and social support for all citizens.

I resent that the social benefits I fought for (four-year veteran) and worked for through my lifetime would be called “entitlements.”

This writer thinks that politicians and “professionals” who use this demeaning term should go down in flames.

Let us insist on the use of “benefits” or “government benefits” when others address our various hard-won constitutionally approved methods of securing our futures.

Greg Susoreny

Munster



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