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     Duff’s backgroundwill serve FWCS wellAs executive director of the Fort Wayne Education Association for 22 years, I regularly attended Fort Wayne Community Schools school board meetings.
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     Council confirmsmoney mistrust I was infuriated to read that Fort Wayne City Council is thinking of spending $2 million of Legacy Fund money on last year's snow removal.


Going over the cliff won’t be Armageddon

Our inept House and the equally fractious executive branch are not going to reach a complete deal to avoid sequestration taking effect on Jan. 1. Both branches are fully aware that not much will happen if the deal isn’t reached before the “over the cliff” deadline of Jan. 1.

What the media really haven’t talked about is the fact that the Office of Management and Budget will undoubtedly use a little-discussed procedure known as apportionment to avoid any sort of a budget crash in January. The much-feared effect upon our large local defense industry will be somewhat limited until sense is perhaps restored to our nation’s politicians.

If apportionment is used, we will be faced with endless childish squabbles over everything from military pay to FCC frequency allocations; however, such squabbles may be long overdue.

There may be a partial agreement. I predict that the Republicans will respond to the polls to avoid the appearance of being the old white man’s party that caters to the rich.

Don’t buy in to the euphoria of the last-minute settlement. It is only playing to the polls and delaying the discussions that need to be held and changes made to everything about our federal government, including revenue.


Connecticut tragedy symbol of broken world

I am a volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity aluminum can recycling program, and we pick up cans at a number of area schools, along with churches and businesses.

The school buildings are all locked with an intercom buzzer to be pushed to gain admittance. In some cases our push of the button gets a response from someone in the office who asks who we are and then unlocks the door when we let them know. However, in many other cases simply pushing the button gets someone to unlock the door with no response from us whatever.

If we volunteers had to go to the office and sign in each time, it would be inconvenient for us. But how did the guy in Connecticut get into the school with two guns? I’m sure they had a similar system.

It’s time to face facts – our world is broken, and we have to do whatever we can to make it safe for our children.


Motorcyclists’ deaths are not ‘accidents’

Deaths caused by a motorist turning in front of a motorcycle have been a problem for years, but it hit too close to home for me this year.

My brother was killed March 27 when a woman pulled out in front of him. That woman was witnessed to be on her cell phone at the time of the accident.

I am so tired of hearing these called “accidents.” Why are they not called acts of vehicular manslaughter? There is negligence involved on the part of the motorist. Driving is a privilege and should be, at the least, revoked if a motorist commits negligence that takes a life.

If the people causing these “accidents” were ever held responsible for taking a life because of their negligence, perhaps more drivers would start paying closer attention. If motorists knew they would lose their license if they caused an accident due to negligence and a life was lost, it should make them more defensive – and these accidents might become fewer and fewer. But until we start holding these drivers more responsible, these “accidents” will continue to take the lives of innocent people while irresponsible drivers go free.

Please remember there are motorcycles everywhere and take the time to look twice before making any turn. Looking twice can save a life.

LuANN KURTZ Fort Wayne