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Updated: January 15, 2013 6:04AM



Santa’s helicopter ride just
a waste of taxpayer money

Just when everything has been cut to the bone, here comes Santa flying in on a Lake County Sheriff’s helicopter.

I’m sure the powers that be will claim they “do it for the kids” or “it’s already in the budget” or how about “someone else is paying for it.” Whatever manufactured reason, the bottom line is, it looks bad.

Lake County needs to borrow $15 million. Talk is that Porter County has money to loan.

Santa could have arrived in a limo or Town Car or, heaven forbid, riding a bicycle (promoting a healthy lifestyle).

The fact that you folks even have a helicopter should be in question. Over the summer, your “search-and-rescue” efforts came up empty. The drowning victims washed ashore, as they unfortunately do, without anyone’s help. Very few counties along the Great Lakes have helicopters.

Just a suggestion, but if you want to make cuts, maybe the fleet of copters would be a great place to start.

Don’t borrow money from Porter County. That’s my money!

Bill Finik

Valparaiso

Not a fan of the new double roundabout in Valparaiso

The new bridge that just opened in Valparaiso over Indiana 49, connecting one part of Washington Township with the other, is nice enough.

It’s been plenty inconvenient to have Vale Park Road out of commission for so long. But if you haven’t driven on it yet, be prepared to see the love child of the Valparaiso roundabout lovefest that’s popped up the past several years. The new bridge has two of these confounding features, making a total of three that I and others have to negotiate to go to Chesterton.

Just two years ago, I didn’t have to navigate even one of the darned things to make this trip. Ah, the good old days.

I recently followed a westbound out-of-county driver having trouble figuring out the roundabout. He stopped, he started, he nearly turned left (clockwise) around the thing, but didn’t. Why put people through all this? Was the simplicity of the U.S. 6 bridge not acceptable at Vale Park? Did someone think the stoplights that would be required would be too expensive here?

Or was it that it was better fiscal sense to use up half of Washington Township real estate in constructing the two “rond-points” on the bridge? (This is what the French call them, and it’s one of the ugliest-sounding words in the French language.)

I guess I shouldn’t be unhappy about the ridiculousness of the new bridge design. It might make folks in Valparaiso make their voices known when talk of the roundabout at Calumet and Vale Park is brought up. That intersection has worked just fine all these years. But should the powers-that-be still want to erect one of these roundabout monsters there, let’s voice our opinions.

Please! Even better would be the change of the current design of the new bridge to a classic simple one, such as the one on U.S. 6 over Indiana 49.

Gary Shelton

Valparaiso



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