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Updated: April 20, 2013 6:03AM



There’s a lot of news out there we never hear about

With all the to-do over Mitch Daniels’ taxes during the presidential race, I am wondering why no one mentioned how easy it is to get a phony birth certificate. With all the knowledge we have now, it should be fairly easy to find out if the paper it is written on was made years ago or in present time.

Also, why do we never hear about how much the labor unions are raking in and how much taxes they pay? It must be a bundle but we never hear anything about it like we do other money-making businesses.

Russell Beal

Portage

Time to make education, better schools our priority

Today I received the best birthday gift. When I read the headlines it made me proud to be here, with a new breath of fresh air.

The casinos brought nothing here but unfulfilled dreams, broken homes, children left without care and love, drugs, guns and death. Today is a time of hope and peace.

I only hope we can bring back better education. Please find a way to use our minds and hearts to save our schools.

Fix this and you fix our American dream. Education first, jobs will come to us because our children will be prepared for them. Teachers should be in love with their jobs, or find another profession. You can’t let the children teach themselves.

Earlean Doty

Gary

Why the uproar about horse meat, we eat other animals?

Recently, food safety officials in the United Kingdom, France and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.

Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011. But now, a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat.

I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates, while condemning cows, pigs and chickens to the same fate. Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors and sports protagonists, rather than as food. But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness and fear that we do?

Fortunately, our health-food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Their delicious soy- and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.

Milton Shiopley

Merrillville



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