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Letters to the editor

Drink responsibly on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has opened the door to several festive traditions. The holiday is widely celebrated with tributes to Irish culture, displays of green, feasting, parades and, most commonly, heavy drinking.

Statistics illustrate that a celebration of a patron saint has become a symbol for partying. These trends have caught the concern and attention of law enforcement as well as responsible alcohol consumption and underage drinking prevention organizations, including Project RAD (Responsible Alcohol Distribution). To make a change, moderation and control must be highly encouraged and promoted during St. Patrick’s Day events.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is working with 250 state and local law enforcement agencies on a 16-day high-visibility crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”; it began March 8. The Indiana State Excise Police have initiated “Intensified College Enforcement” patrols around college campuses, looking for alcohol abuse and underage drinking.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, a Project RAD partner, applauds law enforcement for its efforts in curbing underage drinking and excess drinking and driving. We have asked our members to arm their customers with facts and figures about the dangers associated with binge drinking. We don’t want Hoosiers to try their luck. Choose to drink responsibly so that you can be around for next year’s celebration, too.

JOHN LIVENGOOD President/CEO Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers

Sewer costs hard to justify

We on Auburn Road and people of surrounding areas are being forced into the new Greater Cedar Creek sewer project, even though we have protested at what few meetings have taken place. We have no say in the matter.

The monthly cost of $114 has been amortized over 355 homes to pay for the required loan over 20 years, providing City Utilities $9,712,800 for the life of the loan.

In a Dec. 5 article, the deputy director of engineering for City Utilities identified the sewer project’s cost at $7.2 million for 357 homes.

We have checked with homeowners in various sections of Fort Wayne with none paying near $114.

There are hundreds of acres of undeveloped land in this area. This new sewer would provide infrastructure to pick up thousands of potential customers in the future.

Many homeowners have recently received letters from developers to sell their properties. It appears we 355 homeowners are paying upfront for the infrastructure to benefit all of those thousands of homes that will be built in the near future. We received a partial billing from City Utilities of $78 starting in January 2013, even though we probably will not get hooked up until later this year. We’re not familiar with paying for services many months before we get the services.

This letter is not against the sewer, though some think they may not need it now. It looks to us that the cost is really out of line. Maybe a recheck of the figures is in order.


Students must seize opportunity

In reference to education, I hear the endless proclamation of kids first and educational opportunity for kids, more attacks on teachers and ever more technology, but where are the proposals to install accountability, morality and responsibility in our students?

What are our plans to hold accountable students who refuse to take advantage of educational opportunity?

Someone has rightly said that “If you educate a man without morality, you create a menace to society.” Good character is what enables people to rightly apply educational accomplishment.

If we don’t hold kids accountable and responsible as students, they won’t be accountable and responsible as future leaders of our country, a frightening prospect.

What are the plans of Fort Wayne Community Schools and other nearby corporations to hold our students accountable and responsible for their massive part in their own education?


Congress setting poor example

All the news points to the fact that $85 billion in tax cuts will be a hardship on America.

Does that mean Congress is not in America? I do not see any cuts in Congress’ pay; layoffs or staff (including housekeepers, cooks, etc.)

Until I see our Congress doing the same things as the people who put them there, I lose faith in our leaders.