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Letters to the editor


Wolkins’ bill guards against feds’ overstep

I would like to address the misinformation and accusations surrounding House Bill 1143 that recently passed the House. This bill prohibits the Environmental Rules Board from adopting a new rule or standard more stringent than federal regulations.

HB 1143 would provide stability to businesses that comply with regulations because it would allow businesses to make long-term business decisions regarding compliance. It would in no way give the federal government control over Indiana standards. In fact, it does quite the opposite. The state will still have the freedom to add rules as it sees fit. I just prefer that the decision come from lawmakers instead of regulatory agencies.

We as a state are already mandated to follow standards from the Environmental Protection Agency. I see no need to go beyond those standards. Normal rulemaking takes 18 months. The legislature is never out of session for more than eight months. If an emergency situation would occur that necessitates a rule more stringent, the legislature can put it in force more quickly than the agency.

When developing environmental rules, it is important that we keep the cost-benefit analysis in mind. HB 1143 is aimed at curtailing future actions by state regulators who I fear could someday pursue regulations that would have enormous cost and very little environmental benefit.

This bill is not hypocrisy, as stated in a Feb. 1 Journal Gazette editorial. As vice chairman of the Select Committee on Government Reduction, I favor limiting the reach of the federal government. We have a no more stringent role in dealing with our labor laws that have been in effect for many years, and it has not created any problems.

This bill had nothing to do with pressure from lobbyists, industries or the American Legislative Exchange Council. I have offered this bill for the past several years because I think the federal government already goes too far, and we do not need to go further.


Secondary streets suffer from neglect

I know the city does its best in trying to remove snow in a timely manner. I applaud the efforts of the drivers who have spent long hours in trying to clear major roads to keep the city moving.

I am disappointed, however, in the response time to clear area subdivisions. Following the rain and thaw of Jan. 25, I expected to see plow trucks moving the slush and laying down salt in preparation for the deep freeze that came after the rain. Instead, the Longwood subdivision remained a layer of ice with ruts as deep as six inches in places.

After another round of snow, I have yet to see a plow. I wonder whether the city expanded so rapidly that it has not been able to keep up with needed services for its citizens. I, for one, would like to see the city make a better effort in taking care of the streets when we have adverse weather.


Our snow bounty could aid West Coast

With California preparing for a $644 million bill for its drought, Indiana should figure out a way to ship our snow there. It would be a win-win.


What did we lose in missing generation?

One third of my generation is missing. What happened to them? They were murdered for the crime of existing. Women convinced themselves that the babies they would have raised were nothing but tissue.

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened when those children grew up? How would the world be different? Could one of them have discovered the cure for cancer? I wonder what friends I would have had, people we will never get the chance to know.

We will never know the answers to these questions. What we will know is what will happen if we allow this next generation to live.

Please end this. Let my people live.


Parents, not feds, should instill religion

The Republican hypocrisy shows again in Indianapolis; they are using our tax dollars to support religious schools. They are so good at screaming about the Second Amendment and saying health insurance for all Americans is against the Constitution while ignoring the First Amendment – separation between church and state.

People will say that a little religion is good for the country, but which religion, you say? Protestant? But which denomination? There are hundreds of different denominations; how do you know the state will back the one you believe in? What if they decide maybe Lutheran or possibly Southern Baptist or Catholic? If you want children to learn religion, get out of bed on Sunday and go to the church of your choosing. You allow the government to decide your religion and you have big problems.

The Founding Fathers knew the danger of government controlling religion so much so they decided it was the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Many churches are struggling to survive from a lack of attendance. Americans claim to be religious as long as they don’t have to put effort into it. Get the government out of religion and teach your children your beliefs.