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Updated: October 12, 2013 6:19AM



Thanks to all of those who serve our country

After a boxing scholarship at Wisconsin University and military service I spent 20 years with the Gary Police Department followed by 29 more years in federal law enforcement, first with the U.S. State Department and then Homeland Security. During this time I traveled the world and was the advance agent for Mr. Nelson Mandela’s trip to Detroit and had the honor of being present at the Vatican when a Secretary of State met with Pope John Paul. I worked with police officials throughout the world and can report that northwest Indiana has some of the most dedicated and skilled officers the public could expect.

Now that I am retiring I would like to thank all those who have helped me along the way with their dedicated public. God bless America and all who serve.

Wally DeRose

Schererville

Spending money for biking, walking trails

Who are all these people who are complaining about paying taxes for bicycle/walking trails and bicycle lanes on roads? Even if they are opposed to exercise and fitness, why should they be against other people becoming more fit?

These complainers suggest that they are personally paying for these “safe” routes by the taxes they pay. They imply that the walkers and bicycle riders are getting these facilities for free.

Well, I am a bicycle rider and I pay taxes too. In fact, all my contemporaries who ride or walk also pay taxes. In my case, last year I paid over $15,000 in property, sales and income taxes.

I am not a couch potato like some of the complainers. I am on the go all the time, walking, bike riding, and doing other fitness activities, as well as driving — and I am 72 years old!

Since these people are complaining about the money spent for trails and lanes, it is obvious that they don’t use these wonderful opportunities for exercise. I suggest that they would be better off if they buy a bicycle or begin walking and utilizing these facilities that they are helping to pay for. Perhaps they will benefit like many other people do.

Bill Leavitt

Valparaiso



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