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Updated: April 18, 2013 6:13AM



Detaining drivers without cause is wrong thing to do

There was a small article about sobriety checkpoints to be set up by the police in Porter County. I am very opposed to this type of action. Let me state that I don’t drink, have a clean driving record and generally support our police. However, I strongly object to the notion that I or anyone else should be “detained” even for a short time while the police conduct a fishing expedition.

What happened to due process and probable cause? If I am speeding, or have a tail light out, or being reckless, feel free to pull me over. Otherwise, I would just like to be on my way.

Charles Jarmusz

Valparaiso

Right to hunt could mean feral animals are targets

Two Indiana senators, Brent Steele and Carlin Yoder, are trying to amend
the Indiana Constitution to make it a constitutional right to hunt and fish wildlife.

That may sound fine at first, but already one community has taken this idea one step further: A city in Johnson County has attempted to classify feral dogs and cats as wildlife. This would open the door to allowing the person with the gun to decide if the animal is feral or not.

To protect these potential pets, please contact State Rep. Greg Steuerwald at (317) 232-9674 or email him at h40@in.gov and ask him to say no to Indiana Senate Joint Resolution SJR0007.

For more information about the resolution, visit www.raiseyourpaw.org.

Jeanne Sommer

Valparaiso

NiSource should not be able to pass on construction costs

In March construction will start on a $250-million pollution control project at the Michigan City Generating Station. A similar project costing $510 million at the R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield should be completed and in operation later this year.

Robert Skaggs, chief executive officer and president of NiSource, parent company of the Northern Indiana Public
Service Co., is optimistic regarding
Indiana Senate Bill SB 560 making it through the House. Passage of this bill will enable him to operate independently of the Indiana Utilities Regulatory
Commission. That will allow him to pass the construction fees of these two projects and all other projects on to the consumers without interference of the Commission.

Financial responsibility for these pro-jects and all others should not belong to the consumers, especially considering NiSource and NIPSCO executives are receiving swollen bonuses and increased salaries.

Informational pickets must be organized to send a strong and necessary message to Mr. Skaggs that the consumers are not his cash cow.

Dwight Taylor

Gary



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