Letters to the editor, March 29
March 28, 2013 12:48PM
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Updated: May 1, 2013 1:34PM
Tell legislators we don’t want farm protection bill
In Indiana, when we think of farming, we envision beautiful rolling hills and cattle munching peacefully on grass.
Unfortunately, this is no longer an accurate image. Most food that ends up on our plates is raised inside huge buildings. Animals never feel sunshine warm their backs or grass under their feet. We rely on our government to inspect these facilities and guarantee our food sources are being taken care of safely. We also rely on the employees of these farms to report illegal activities, such as animal abuse.
Unfortunately, there is a bill that has passed the state Senate that would punish whistleblowers for exposing such abuses. We have a right to know where our food is coming from and what has happened to it. SB 373 must be stopped. Please call your representatives immediately and tell them to say no to Indiana’s whistleblower bill.
Indiana needs to join in on the new Medicaid plan
From the federal fiscal-cliff discussions to the issue of state level Medicaid expansion, ideological standoffs continue to be an obstacle to reasonable dialogue and effective policy making. No matter your political stance on the Affordable Care Act, it is now law. Indiana has the opportunity to join 26 other states in accepting federal dollars already designated to adequately fund Medicaid and increase access to affordable health care.
Under Indiana law, nondisabled, nonpregnant, childless adults under 65 cannot get Medicaid no matter how poor they are. Increased access to health care for everyone ensures a healthier, happier, more productive Indiana. Too much is at stake for Hoosiers to be left behind: 30,000 jobs, $108 million in new state and local tax revenue per year, and the health and lives of an estimated 450,000 Hoosiers.
Rather than reinventing the wheel, Indiana should join other states and a network of support in expanding Medicaid.
Citizens Action Coalition, Indianapolis
Better to raise standards at Purdue than cut out raises
Merit raises have been eliminated for some Purdue employees for the next two years by the new president, who employed the same idea in his previous jobs. Now will all these merit employees perform at the same level as before this announcement? If it were up to many others, the answer would be “no.”
The new administration in West Lafayette believes that slashing, cutting and eliminating solves all things as long as it doesn’t affect them. It would seem to be time for Purdue and its supporters to take a pay cut to assist the university in its deficit. In this age of higher education, the focus should be on inspiring higher standards in academics. Cutting rewards for outstanding performance is not the way to improve.
Gerald E. Jawor