The cost of legislating morality
Any laws that are passed affecting birth control or abortion will, of course, apply only to poor women (men can sin without consequences). Women with enough money can simply go somewhere else to get the services they want. Poor women, however, need help from Planned Parenthood or its equivalent. If they dont get it, the following might be the case:
John and Jane have two kids and are barely scraping by. But they are getting by – at no cost to the taxpayer. Now comes Big Brother or his ilk and says, Some of Planned Parenthoods money could possibly pay for abortions, and that is against my religion. Shut them down.
The inevitable happens since Jane cannot afford birth control without help. Now that happy self-sufficient family can no longer be self-sufficient. That third child is one too many. You, the taxpayer, are now on the hook. And its all because Planned Parenthood can no longer give contraception to Jane at no cost to the taxpayer. Now multiply that by the millions of families who are in or on the brink of poverty.
I really feel angry and frustrated by those who insist on passing laws to govern the sex lives of strangers. Apparently it doesnt occur to them that they are adding another heavy layer to the burdens already borne by people on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Life is already terribly unfair – why add to the unfairness so unnecessarily?
JEANETTE HEITGER Fort Wayne
Right to work ensures liberty
In a March 18 piece (Not the greatest show on Earth), The Journal Gazette criticized the Indiana legislatures passage of a right-to-work law. The writer quotes a University of Chicago professor who bemoaned that the legislation triggered no visible sign of larger public hurt.
Perhaps there was no outcry because there is and will be no public hurt caused by the law. The only change is positive. Union membership now is a voluntary choice instead of a decision coerced by a union.
The writer concluded by asking, After all, just how attractive are jobs offered by any employer who wouldnt locate in Indiana unless it was a right-to-work state? In February Caterpillar announced it would move 460 jobs to Muncie upon the expansion of its locomotive plant there. Caterpillar said it expected to save money by hiring non-union employees with wages ranging from $12 to $18.50 per hour. Thousands of Muncie residents applied.
Caterpillar had its pick of prospective employees, in part, because in 2009 BorgWarner Inc. closed its auto-transmission plant in Muncie after the United Auto Workers refused to renegotiate its contract. That plant remains idle.
It is not surprising the leaders of a decreasing union minority do not like right-to-work laws, but workers who prefer a reasonably attractive job over an unemployment claim should have no problem with the law and the individual liberty it provides.
RUSS KIRBY Fort Wayne
Open training academy to scrutiny
I am a former EMT instructor and fire service instructor for Indiana and The National Fire Academy. I went to the Fort Wayne and Allen County Public Safety Academy on March 16 to see whether I might be given a tour of the training facilities.
The security officer at the main desk informed me that the academy did not do any public or private tours. I was not given any brochures or any planned scheduled information tours. The security officer did treat me in a very professional manner and provided only the information he knew about.
I understand the problem and concerns about Homeland Security issues. But I feel this building is being totally underused.
If the management wants the public to know about how this training center and Safety Town can be used in a more effective manner, they should open it up to guided public tours at least once a quarter. And they should make sure they use all of the means possible to get dates and times to the public in a timely manner. This would help with getting the word out to the public about how their tax dollars are being used for public safety training and safety town for the police, sheriff, state police, fire services, disaster services and EMS, which also includes opening the different types of training for business and the taxpaying public.
If, manpower is a problem, maybe trained volunteers could be used.
ANTHONY T. MORAN Fort Wayne