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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:06AM



Hebron schools should get the state to fund programs

I had to laugh while reading the article about the Hebron School Board’s wish for more tax dollars to fund programs. If I remember correctly, all those casino boats were supposed to take care of that problem. How has that worked out? Not so well. Then, over the past 12 months, we have read that the state under the guidance of Gov. “Slippery” Mitch Daniels somehow lost, then found, $526 million. I guess a half a billion just does not cover the cost of things like it used to.

Anyone who lives in this corner of the state knows not to expect a whole bunch from our downstate politicians. But I would think by law a chunk of that half a billion ought to belong to Porter County. The Hebron School Board should be pressuring our lawmakers here to get the chunk of the pie that already exists instead of voting on any kind of tax increase. Count me in for a “no“ vote.

Charles W. Davis

Hebron

Background check before getting a gun a good idea

I am curious why a law-abiding citizen would object to a background check. I can understand objecting to the type of guns a person can own. I personally don’t have a use for a semi-automatic rifle. If someone who passed a background check wants one, so be it.

The ban on semi-automatic weapons and limited-capacity magazines are not that important. What is important are the mental and character traits of the person who owns them. Let’s save a lot of time and money in our government and pass a law that requires mandatory background checks for all gun purchases. This should include gun shops, gun shows and private sales. And possibly a law that requires a firearm owner’s identification card. To
buy a gun you must possess an ID card that includes the background check.

My wife and I personally own a
firearm. We had a background check.
It’s no big deal. Someone tell me how
that violates the Second Amendment
and the right to bear arms.

Ralph R. Freimuth

Hobart

We should fear Indiana’s government, not Washington

Many Americans live with a fear of a national Big Brother government. Residents of Lake County have more reason to fear the threats posed by their home state than Washington, D.C. The state leased the toll road, negotiated the property assessment for U.S. Steel, challenged the air quality standards for the Calumet region and took control of a local school.

Current bills in the legislature aim to gain control of the Gary/Chicago Airport and to include the teaching of creationism and the introduction of prayer into schools. It makes my blood boil to think that Indianapolis and downstate hayseeds pick our pockets, confiscate our assets and control what we breathe and learn, and tell us how to worship.

Chester Baran

Gary



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