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Updated: March 7, 2013 6:03AM



Visclosky doesn’t always
answer questions asked

Kudos to Brian Williams of Valparaiso for suggesting U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, should change the format for his town hall meetings.

His review of what is going on in Washington, D.C., and what is not being done is stale. Visclosky also tends to reword what he reads on an index card, when he has asked attendees to submit questions in writing. I admit, some of the questions are difficult for him to answer, but apparently important enough for someone to ask.

Referring to one I wrote, “Why don’t you reduce the salaries of members of
the House of Representatives?” With
31.5 million people out of work, and 49 million people on food stamps, it seemed a question worth posing. As someone pointed out, 41 percent of the current members of Congress are millionaires!

“They didn’t have a raise in 2010; they didn’t have a raise in 2011,” was his answer.

E. Randal McEuen

Hobart

Unions should focus on what members want, not politics

Labor leaders should focus on self-examination rather than attacking right to work (“Judge Dismisses Right to Work Lawsuit,” Jan. 17).

After all, there are good reasons why states are passing this reform. But more reform still is needed.

Unions should take steps to ensure that the interests of their local leaders align with the interests of their members. This would require prior approval for use of dues for politics or support for candidates, which would keep unions focused on the needs of workers rather than union agendas beyond the workplace or collective bargaining.

The Employee Rights Act would provide this protection, among other reforms,
but powerful union interests and the
allies and politicians they fund oppose its passage.

Richard Berman,

Executive Director,
Center for Union Facts, Washington, D.C.

Hard for Portage special ed students, parents to get help

There seems to be something missing at Portage High School. Special education services seem to be more of a problem than part of a solution. Calls and voice mails are ignored, emails are responded to with disdain or with an air of “who do you think you are?,” a plea for help will be blown off or passed along, or nothing will be done. People who should be there to help parents at their wits’ end seem curt and sometimes even rude.

What are parents to do when their child is struggling, failing and no one will help? When the only answers you get are more excuses or the questions are pushed off to someone else? Our children deserve better. They deserve to be happy and prepared for the world they will inherit.

They shouldn’t be left to struggle until they can’t see any hope. Learning should be a sense of pride, not the worry over failing, or worse, finding no reason to try.

Shannon Dill

Portage



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