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… ]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Water is an economic development issue ]]>

Water about economic development It takes a lot of water to build and grow things, and in Indiana that’s what we do. It’s why the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation commissioned a study on water resources. We want the state to grow and thrive, and water is one of the necessary elements to accomplish that. Indiana has an economic advantage now with its water availability. But droughts do happen. Without proper management and planning, our water strength will become a liability — one that impacts businesses and citizens. The study found that water availability varies dramatically across the state. Southern … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:06:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drinking water threatened ]]>

The drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents recently was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our state. This problem of polluted drinking water has become pervasive. Animal agriculture dumps more pollution into our waterways than all human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, soil particles, organic debris and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish. Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:08:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Where are the adults? ]]>

The “coyotes” in Mexico and the terrorists are laughing their butts off knowing that America can’t close its border and protect American citizens. It has been reported that 290,000 illegals have recently crossed the border into our country and are pretty much set free with a note to appear in court, (what a joke) but my concern is that the media is only talking about the 50,000-plus children. Where are all the adults? Tammy Grdinich, Crown Point … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:06:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Liked column on Gary’s people ]]>

I would like to thank Gary attorney Rebecca Wyatt on a timely and well-written recent column (“Gary people are its greatest asset”). I was so moved by what she said — that in our city are some great people who love their city and are proud of their city. Being a pastor, I always declare that God has many people in this city. In spite of the tragedies that take place, our city still survives. Thank you again, Ms. Wyatt. The Rev. Charles E. Adams Jr. Gary … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:06:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Fair share’ in property tax ]]>

When the Legislature’s special commission begins its look at the state’s tax system this summer, there will be talk of business needing to pay its “fair share.” But what is fair? Hoosier companies pay 50 percent of the state’s total property tax revenue. Should businesses pay $2.80 for every $1 that homeowners pay for police, fire and schools? Currently, that’s the number. Should Hoosier homeowners pay so little that only one state in the country is lower? Should business property owners pay so much that only seven states are higher ? Both of those are happening. Why this disparity? Homeowner … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:06:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 lobbying lawmakers to make sure that Hoosiers have enough fireworks to blow up Indianapolis. The big story is not that these guys advocate for an industry that injured 159 Hoosiers last year, with more than half of those injuries resulting directly from malfunctioning or mishandled explosives. The big and old story is that the public … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:07:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. That’s because our region regrettably does not have such an advanced emergency center. For months, the state of Indiana has had a law mandating that trauma centers be designated throughout the state, but we still await such a decision in our region. Would this accident victim have survived if he were treated at a nearby … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:07:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 month into our country. Now he wants $3.7 billion more from Congress to take care of this problem. Protecting our borders is a national security issue, a constitutional duty that has been neglected by this president and Congress. In the early years of our country, immigrants came here for two reasons only, freedom and liberty. … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:07:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 1.3 million votes to oust Tony Bennett and his policies — even before it was discovered that Bennett changed school grading parameters to make the charter school performance of a wealthy donor reach “A” status and before he admitted to unethical political use of his staff on the taxpayers’ dime. As Ritz revealed herself to … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:07:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 up the question, “What do other states’ gambling industries have to do with Indiana’s falling gambling revenue?” Month after month, the citizens of Indiana are fed one excuse after another regarding the steady drop in casino gambling revenue, and those in charge of the industry still draw their salaries while not finding ways to improve … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:45:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Rush Limbaugh? The top “20 percent” of income earners have destroyed the poor and are working to do the same to the middle class. The profit motive has consumed the American economy as Wall Street trumps Main Street every day. Manufacturing has evaporated in the U.S. Technology and automation have eliminated thousands of jobs. CEOs … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:09:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 proper English and/or couldn’t read English. I don’t believe that these students were capable of college-level work. I believe that admission standards are too low and that, especially in blue-collar communities, the universities are under pressure to accept some students who are not prepared for college work. Most of these students will not graduate, or … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:50:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. I will not bore everyone with facts other than to note that 74 percent of the members of the National Rifle Association want background checks as a minimum requirement for gun ownership. To paraphrase Mr. Whitaker’s question, “What’s so difficult to understand” about the way the Second Amendment has been twisted and turned? The creation … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:50:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 who we decimated? But worth remembering — blacks sold their people into slavery, and Native Americans made war and enslaved other tribes. Is our dispute then involving ethnicity, religion, etc., or because of universal human frailties? The things these minorities wish for are basically the same as for everyone: Respect as human beings. Equal chances … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:20:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 of which have increased, largely as a result of the government’s policies. Think about it — if welfare payments increase with every new child that is born and increase again in families without a father, broken households and government dependency are actually encouraged, and the cycle becomes impossible to break. And since the Democratic Party … ]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:16:39 -0500