posttrib
DECENT 
Weather Updates

letters

YOUR VIEW

Public apathetic to fireworks danger

A recent newspaper editorial named legislators Bob Morris (the one connecting the Girl Scouts with Planned Parenthood) and Eric Turner (the nursing home magnate with ethics problems) as Indiana’s leading advocates for the state’s fireworks industry. The powerful industry pours a lot of money into …

Lack of Level I center  in region inexcusable

Once again, a resident of Northwest Indiana, in this case a Dyer man hit by a truck, suffers traumatic injuries in a traffic accident and has to be transported out of state to Oak Lawn, Illinois, where the nearest Level I trauma center is located. …

Quality of life  in America in decline

Our quality of life in America is in decline and getting worse. As long as you continue to vote the same way, you will get the same results. Washington is out of control and the president is allowing tens of thousands of illegal youths per …

State education board a real-life ‘House of Cards’

Just like the despicable back-room government machinations that take place in the TV show “House of Cards,” the Indiana State Board of Education and Gov. Mike Pence are manipulating education policy procedures regardless of public preference or legislative promulgations. State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz received …

Tired of excuses for  falling casino revenue

Once again, those in charge of Indiana’s gambling venues have produced more excuses for their failure to generate increased revenue for the state. This time, it is the “recent good weather” and that gambling revenue in surrounding states also has seen a decline. That brings …

Heritage Foundation stupidity

In response to Jim Sheehan’s letter of June 29, in which he cites the Heritage Foundation concluding that the collapse of marriage and the erosion of the work ethic are the root causes for poverty in America: Is the Heritage Foundation quoting Glenn Beck or …

Indiana universities not inferior

I object to David Rutter’s June 29 column that implies that Indiana University and Purdue University are among the worst universities in the United States. I taught at Purdue University Calumet for several years and saw students who couldn’t write a complete sentence, couldn’t speak …

Gun rights letter’s strange logic

Tommy Neil Whitaker’s letter opposing gun control was the most disjointed defense of gun rights that I’ve ever read. A rant about former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards running for Congress and some mumbo jumbo quote from Clint Eastwood about vasectomies made for truly fascinating reading. …

The need to live up to our ideals

Reparations? For what do people really wish? Monetary or spiritual reparations, or perhaps just dialogue on where we have been and what to do now. For blacks, who were enslaved formerly and are too often degraded presently? For Native Americans whose lands we stole and …

Excessive welfare spending hurts our economy

Fifty years ago, the Johnson Administration launched its War on Poverty that, despite its good intentions, has created some very troubling problems. The Heritage Foundation cites two major causes of poverty today — the collapse of marriage and the erosion of the work ethic, both …

Against gun control

Some people keep demanding tougher gun control, but if they get it, they’ll then push to seize all our weapons. Both gun control and illegal seizure are a direct violation of constitutional rights. What’s so difficult to understand? OK, try this one on for size. …

New HIP best option

Some state-run health care exchanges, the brainchild of the Affordable Care Act, have gotten off to a rocky start, to the point that they are turning to the federal government to pick up the pieces. Indiana’s decision to expand the existing Healthy Indiana Plan in …

Letter writer  is misguided

Regarding Mark Leyva’s recent letter about how Democrats’ policies are hurting the middle class, does he really think that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will cost 500,000 jobs nationwide? The average compensation for a Fortune 500 chief executive is $10.5 million. That …

Meat industry’s role  in climate change

I’m delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. But the EPA should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. A 2006 U.N. …

Porter awash in cash?

I’m not a resident of Porter or Chesterton, but I’ve been left somewhat speechless by the news that Porter plans to give Porter County $400,000 for paving the Calumet Bike Trail. That’s a lot of money for such a small community. I’m a long way …