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… ]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:40:00 -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 … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:07:21 -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 … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:07:55 -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 … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:08:08 -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 … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:08:17 -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 … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:40:08 -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 <![CDATA[ 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. Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana, is again running for public office. Ed spent eight years in federal prison for soliciting bribes while governor and got out of the Big House in 2011. But Ed is pressing on with his political career, running for the House of Representatives, felony and all, and it’s perfectly … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:36:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 lieu of an exchange seems a more prudent choice every day. The proposed HIP 2.0 would provide two alternatives to traditional Medicaid by offering a high-deductible health plan along with a power account (similar to a health savings account). The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has reviewed HIP 2.0 and urged the Centers for Medicare and … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:50:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 extreme level of pay does not cost any jobs? Patriots everywhere, do you know the Keystone Pipeline requires a foreign country (Canada) to have eminent domain over all land that the pipeline crosses? And, yes, the bike path in Crown Point is worth $670,000. Will Struggard Lowell … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:48:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. The industry generates carbon dioxide by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:48:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 from being an expert, but it just seems to be a lot of money to spend paving an already surfaced recreational trail that most of us may never use. I’m sure glad I’m not subject to such generosity, but I must admit I have somewhat similar concerns for public spending plans afoot by the same … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:44:53 -0500