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Updated: March 16, 2013 6:02AM



Headline was disrespectful to Valparaiso mayor

In an era when, as parents, we are repeatedly bombarded with negative commentary surrounding our political leaders, it is an uphill climb to teach our children respect, the Golden Rule and manners. As a society, we have become too comfortable with our own speech, to end with full disregard for the man behind the commentary. The article, “Valpo mayor too sick to read his own State of the City speech,” is simply worded with extremely poor taste. It is a shame that not only did this article solidly disregard the mayor, but also passed the hands of so many on its way to being published, and nobody questioned the simplicity of disrespect. Mayor Costas has done remarkable things for this sleepy bedroom town. He has created a culture of neighbors knowing neighbors again. Businessmen seek Valparaiso out for the community we’ve become. Onlookers are trying to mimic the progress he has made.

Regardless of your political views, the office deserves respect. The time is now to set an example of how we want our children to behave. Let us recognize that each one of us has a responsibility, how we fulfill that, regardless of obstacles that stand in our way. Kudos to Mayor Costas for writing his speech with such detail, covering the progress and growth of the city we all choose to live in and love. Instead of the demeaning title, may I say, best wishes. I hope you are on the mend.

Polly Murphy

Valparaiso

Writer’s ‘facts’ about U.S. debt don’t add up at all

It took me quite a while to stop laughing at the letter written by Larry Lucas. It was filled with cherry-picked “facts” that I’m sure were the result of an evening spent sitting in a nice comfy chair, watching Fox Noise, eating popcorn and drinking Kool-Aid.

So Reagan’s raising the national debt 189 percent was to create 1 million jobs? Obama raised the national debt 23 percent and created 5 million jobs even with GOP obstruction and filibustering. Of the 23 percent of the national debt created under Obama, the majority was to pay interest on all the debt Bush created and left others to pay. Obama has spent less than any president since Eisenhower.

Reagan did not inherit the biggest debt and worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, Obama did. Reagan was the Great Deregulator and Union Basher, which hasn’t helped our country at all. He was a bad B-movie actor in real life and as president was no better. Bonzo went to the White House for sure.

Lucas, like all conservatives who are ashamed to call themselves Republicans, wants us to forget that George W. Bush was ever president. He took a huge surplus and turned it into the biggest deficit in our history. The debt ceiling is not raised for new spending but to pay for debt already passed by Congress. Republicans are so transparent today and are fast becoming extinct like the dinosaurs they are, but please keep printing their letters — they are so amusing.

David D. Casson

Valparaiso



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