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Letters to the editor, December 19

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Updated: January 20, 2013 6:05AM



Too many people think their
uneducated opinions matter

The idea that anyone’s mind is going to be changed on the basis of having read tiny letters on complex subjects such as economics or health care, written by unqualified, poorly educated people, seems to stretch credulity.

The people who write in about Marxism don’t know the first thing about economics or government. These letters remind me of a book by historian Richard Hofstadter of Columbia University called “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.”

In Indiana, unfortunately, many people with no medical degree or with no experience dealing with insurance companies or serious illness believe they know more about health care than do doctors. Poverty is a serious problem in our country, but the Post-Tribune and other media sources stopped writing about it years ago.

These letters only demonstrate the inadequate nature of Indiana’s educational system. The voters seemed to have sensed that something is wrong, too, because they voted to replace Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett with Democrat Glenda Ritz, a teacher and a media specialist.

David Cohn

Valparaiso

State wants fewer taxes,
but not at the county level

State Sen. Luke Kenley wants to stop funding the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority because Lake County won’t enact a county income tax.

Bill Hanna of the RDA says his group is beneficial to local and state economies, as well as showing a profit for all concerned.

State Sen. Karen Tallian backed away from her original reaction, which was probably more accurate than the revised statement.

It seems when the majority in the Indiana Legislature resists taxes, it is a great move for the state.

But when local government resists taxation, it should be punished for not doing what the state demands.

Maybe the saying that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” applies here.

Gerald E. Jawor

Hobart

We’re coddling prisoners
at the expense of taxpayers

I have read it costs $65 a day to keep an offender in jail, where he or she has all the comforts of home and all they have to pay is time. What a bargain; much better than working for it. And it only costs the taxpayers $1,950 a month.

We cannot put them to work like we used to years ago because the crybaby unions told their puppets in government that we were taking their jobs and, if they wanted to be re-elected, they would stop.

So, what happened? Just what we have now. The burden is all on the taxpayers, With no deterrent to the offenders.

Anyone who has read the Bible should remember “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”

Russell Beal

Portage



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