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•The deadline for letters pertaining to the May 8 primary election is noon on Friday.


Public can comment on I&M rate hike

I encourage Indiana Michigan Power customers to voice their thoughts soon regarding the utility’s proposed rate increase.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a public field hearing in the case Monday at Grand Wayne Center. This hearing will start at 6 p.m., with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor providing information on the case process and hearing procedures at 5:30.

I&M is proposing a 25.38 percent increase for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month. In another pending case, the utility is seeking cost recovery for new pollution control equipment in a $1.4 billion project at its Rockport generating station. I&M is further expected to seek project cost recovery of nearly $2 billion for its Cook nuclear plant in an additional case filing this year.

Comments provided at the hearing will become evidence in this case. Consumers who cannot attend are also invited to submit written comments to the OUCC by April 25, either at or 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis 46204.

Consumer input is very important. We invite any information that will be helpful to the OUCC in its review and to the IURC in reaching its decision.

DAVID STIPPLER Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor Indianapolis

Money mismanagement blot on Daniels record

Seriously, another $206 million error in addition to the tax revenue $320 million mismanagement?

Gov. Mitch Daniels has had the audacity to defend drastic cuts to child services programs and public education. He is sitting on health care funds in the name of justice, denying access to children in serious need.

The state’s solution to the $320 million remains a mismanagement of funds. How much will taxpayers benefit from a one-time $65 refund after another year of inflation has eroded it? The money would be better spent re-funding programs that help the future of our country – the children who will run it.

The buck stops at the top. We can only hope Daniels is never in a position to run the federal budget.


Based on compassion, Sowards the choice

I am endorsing David Sowards for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the Third District.

He is an ex-co-worker and a good friend of 20 years. He and his family have helped me and others with our education while studying in Fort Wayne. His volunteer work with Friends of Burma, Fort Wayne First Baptist Church, the Democratic Party and other organizations has benefited many people in the community.

He has excellent leadership skills and organizational abilities that enable him to work with diverse people to accomplish goals. He would be a great congressman who can positively contribute to U.S. foreign policy toward Burma, especially at this moment of uncertain optimism for the outside world that Burma may practice a sense of democracy in her political reforms.

TIN MAUNG MAUNG HTWAY Secretary general, Confederation of National Youths for Burma (USA) Fort Wayne