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Letters to the editor

EACS blowing golden opportunity

Regarding the editorial “East Allen’s progress” (March 12), I would like to make a few comments.

While attending meetings with members from the school board, I heard a statement by one member I will never forget: “Buildings in the communities are more important than quality of education.”

This school board, as a whole, does not deserve any credit whatsoever. When the tax referendum failed, they decided to divide our communities again to get what they wanted. We are faced with significantly declining revenues, declining enrollment, and we just chased off another 1,000 students to parochial schools because of the inability of this school board to make some tough decisions.

I recently went to a football boosters meeting. Most of the conversation revolved around how we were going to raise money again to pay for field work, get dirt, fill in holes, buy paint, etc. This is the type of stuff all of the five high schools have been dealing with the past 15 years. What we hear is, year after year: “We don’t have money for that.”

If we approach it the right way, maybe we can get the people who voted no to the tax referendum to vote yes – really spend some time explaining the value that this would bring to our district.

But no, here we go again, spend another $110 million on maintaining five high school buildings that are at the end of their useful life, and keep asking for community donations to fill in the holes at John Young Stadium so the coach doesn’t get another torn ligament in his leg.


Plate revocation a political act

As a fellow Hoosier, I am appalled and disgusted to see 21 senators’ names attached to a letter that urged taking away specialty license plates from the Indiana Youth Group.

According to their website, Indiana Youth Group “provides safe places and confidential environments where self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth are empowered through programs, support services, social and leadership opportunities and community service.” What do they have against a group trying to help gay youth not feel so alone in a time when suicide is highly prevalent among this demographic?

As elected officials, it is their job to stand up for these organizations, not help execute a political witch hunt. If giving out low-numbered plates to donors as thank you gifts were truly the issue here, a simple warning letter would have easily sufficed. This was a politically motivated move and not about a simple policy infraction.

How many Hoosiers do they have to throw under the bus in a grab for power and votes? To what lengths will they go to ensure that an already-marginalized group of minorities continues to be left out? Where is their moral compass?


Lions campaign for eyesight

The Fort Wayne Central Lions Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary on April 25. Our community is better because of their pursuit of an engaging mission: “To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.”

Since their inception in 1922, they have helped the Salvation Army at Christmastime, sponsored youth for Boys’ State, been a vital component of the Lions’ eye-care missions to Honduras and El Salvador, as well as provided vision screening for preschoolers in local schools and fostered volunteerism throughout Fort Wayne by sponsoring 11 other service clubs.

As a Rotarian since 2007, I am inspired by the works of the Fort Wayne Central Lions Club and happy to have them as partners in service. Through service clubs such as the Lions and Rotary, we are able to improve lives and promote peace and understanding throughout the world.

Rotary focuses on the eradication of polio worldwide, clean water and literacy. We have also been active in Fort Wayne for more than 90 years and are working to help the west African country of Togo improve their children’s education, as well as our local students at Washington Elementary. There is great comfort in knowing there are others committed to making the world a better place. Our community should be very proud of the Lions.

MIKE KELLY President, Rotary Club of Downtown Fort Wayne