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Updated: June 8, 2013 6:04AM



Coats’ vote against gun
background checks wrong

I hope all Hoosiers will burn this into their memory now. Indiana’s Sen. Dan Coats voted against common sense legislation to require gun purchasers to submit to a background check. His selfish political interest is more important to him than the lives of innocent people, particularly 26 grade school youngsters and their teachers. In direct opposition to the wishes of approximately 80 percent of his constituents, he cast that vote. There must be consequences for his shameful action. If he stands for re-election, he must be soundly defeated. He simply isn’t qualified to represent the fine people of Indiana.

Lee Ranger

Valparaiso

There’s no reason for us to build the Illiana Expressway

The bureaucrats from IDOT and INDOT would have us believe that the Illiana Expressway is necessary as they’ve contrived it. It’s not! Why would truckers coming north on Interstates 55 or 65 want to switch south of Wilmington, Peotone, Beecher, Ill. — and pay through the nose to do so? They can cut across earlier (or later) without having to pay. Usually, they want to connect with Interstates 80, 294, 355, 57, 90 and reach the population centers with their cargo.

It had been planned as an extension of I-355 from I-80. It would have gone to Peotone and on to I-65, but it became too expensive as neighborhoods were build in New Lenox, Ill. The whole mess is to skirt the unwanted/unneeded Peotone Airport. These are twin boondoggles, joined at the hip. The politicians pushing these are lying to us. Destroying farms is a horrible way to help communities tens of miles to the north. Pollution is not “green!”

Anthony Rayson

Monee, IL

More needs to be done for college students’ education

President Obama’s budget for the education department proposes increases by $1.7 billion over 2012. For someone who is a student and who works in the education field I do not think this is enough money. Although most of this money will go to programs that affect our youth, it leaves a blind spot on those who attend college.

Pell grants will be increased by $900 to $5635. According to pellgrant.com normally students whose family income is under $20,000 receive these grants. These grants can make a world of difference for low to middle income students when education increases in cost by 3-4% a year.

It’s a good idea to give families a tax credit of $2,500 per student per year, because on average the cost of one academic year at a public university is $22,261. However it is not enough of a break for families. If you are a lucky student you get scholarships, but the rest of the students will need to take out loans with an interest rate of 3.4%. It seems we want better education in our country, but the government does not want to truly invest money in making it more affordable.

Catherine Fletcher

Crown Point



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