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Updated: May 13, 2013 5:00PM
Stop bill that would punish farm whistleblowers
There is a bill making its way through the Indiana General Assembly that is harmful to the civil liberties of Hoosiers, our safety and to animals.
Senate Bill 373 would punish whistleblowers who expose corruption, abuse and unsanitary practices in the agriculture industry.
SB 373 would impose criminal penalties on anyone who shot and distributed videos or photos without permission “with intent to harass, defame, annoy or harm.” The bill is now in a House committee for deliberation.
There are already laws on the books that punish trespassers, making this legislation unnecessary. Why give this industry an extra law that only aids in covering up unscrupulous activities?
Surely it does not reflect the so-called Hoosier values that our elected officials constantly remind us of during campaign season.
Most of us shelter ourselves from the violence that is inflicted on animals in factory farms. Whistleblowing employees have played a vital role in exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions and environmental problems on industrial farms. Let’s prevent the abuse instead of preventing the public from finding out about it.
College professors get the pay that leads to big loans
In reading this morning’s paper, I read in the Voice of the People about a gentleman complaining about the cost of college and how it is the lenders of student loans that are the problem.
It seems that some people continue to blame those with money for all the faults of this nation. I would like point out that the college tuitions are not controlled by the banks or big money. It is in the control of the colleges themselves.
If you were to check, you would see college professors are the ones who get the majority of the money spent in college education. I have never attended college, but I have talked to plenty of people who have and they tell me that professors only spend a short time in the classroom with students and have underlings or other students controlling their classes.
That is one of the big expenses. The second is sports. If you pay for all the athletes’ educations, the price for others goes up.
I’m sure I don’t know exactly how to control these expenses. I do believe they can be controlled and the cost of attending college would be reduced.
I, for one, believe too many people are in college who don’t belong there. They need trade training, not college.
I just wish that people would stop dividing this nation by income or nationality. I do not believe in hyphenated people. We are all Americans. Let’s stand together and watch the nation recover.
Charles Van Cleef