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Updated: March 20, 2013 6:07AM



State taking over airport would be for the best

Taking over Gary/Chicago Airport would bring projects to completion faster and jobs for Gary and Northwest Indiana.

Gary Airport should be up and running today. The newspaper has informed readers over the years of the progress and always some problem pops up that wasn’t addressed at the start. The bridge overpass, tracks and now underground servers need to be stronger and the runway is still being talked about. Planning of this project was done poorly.

The bi-state board need to check records on spending. Four years have passed with a broken economy. Northwest Indiana needs this airport to provide hundreds of jobs, not just for seven board members.

Pat Tuleja

Schererville

Places where people have guns are the most safe

The lynching of Negroes in the South was a sad period of U.S. history. Local Democratic politicians did not permit blacks to possess guns, thus leaving them helpless against roving bands of whites, who could escape prosecution for their dastardly acts of “rope” violence. Would banning ropes have ended lynchings?

The two safest places I have been are Switzerland (where people own guns and go to shooting ranges on Saturdays) and my old neighborhood (where everyone seemed to own a gun).

Drug dealers and gang bangers were not welcome in either place. They thrive in areas with gun control, terrorizing entire communities.

Is there a Democratic politician around who is smart enough to understand that?

Martin Henrichs

Valparaiso

There’s already a convention center in Northwest Indiana

According to the Jan. 11 Post-Tribune, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the region needs a convention center. In my opinion, one already exits: the Gary Genesis Convention Center.

Over the years it has been the site for many significant events: The National Civil Rights Hall of Fame hosted by actress Jane Kennedy; The Miss America Pageant; The National Black Baptist Convention; an exhibition basketball game by coach Bobby Knight of Indiana University Bloomington; The National Black Baptist Convention; The Black Cowboys Rodeo; dog shows; (219) Steppers events; and the first Jazz Festival produced by the late Al Dixon. Also tributes to Duke Ellington and spring concerts presented by the Greater Gary American Jazz Association, of which I am the public relations person, were held there.

A Tribute to Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas brought out a very diverse audience from Illinois and Indiana which was not uncommon for many of the events there. With the economy as it is, I suggest the SSCVA think in terms of what already exists.

Bennie Hargrove Jr.

Gary



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