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Letters

Sloppy accusations make Brown untrustworthy

Wouldn’t it be great if our political candidates could tell the whole truth and not use half-truths to make themselves look better?

Recently, the campaign of former city councilwoman and current state Senate District 15 candidate Liz Brown sent out a news release highlighting some of her opponents’ fundraising, calling them out for either donating to themselves or for receiving large sums of money from just a few individuals.

But upon closer inspection of Brown’s own campaign finance report, her lack of full disclosure is revealed. The release condemns Jeff Snyder for donating to himself, yet the report conveniently omits the fact that Brown also donated to herself. In fact, she and her husband donated nearly one third of the amount raised by her campaign for that quarter.

Do we really want a candidate who is either careless or hypocritical? The people of Indiana State Senate District 15 deserve better.

SABRA L. ROWLEY Fort Wayne

Drivers must start a pothole patrol

After driving past some really large potholes on Taylor Street and knowing that school buses drive this road twice a day, I finally called 311. I was told that only the potholes called in to this number are being filled, which seems like a kind of crazy way to run a city. To give precedence to the ones called in while other possibly auto-damaging craters are left until later seems negligent.

Let’s all call 311 and give them exact information on potholes, and maybe the Board of Works will get on the ball and apply more than just a few street workers. Maybe it will happen before spring gets us all out driving around to visit the businesses that need consumers to finally come and spend our money.

AMANDA BAKER Fort Wayne

Use bond interest for street repairs

Let me get this straight. We (the taxpayers) have taken out a $30 million bond on which we have to pay long-term interest. The money will be deposited in an account that pays some interest until the fund is used up. The city controller considers the interest we receive as income to be spent repaying money taken from the parks department.

This is ludicrous! Only a government bureaucrat would think like that. The money should either be applied to the principal, thus lowering the long-term payment, or forwarded to the street department for additional, much-needed street repairs.

TERRY D. LEIS Fort Wayne

Petty politics? Obama’s to blame

Pretty ironic, the following statement in Robert G. Kaiser’s article (“Star-spangled blather,” March 9): “After 2010, and despite (my emphasis) Obama’s re-election, Washington was victimized by the politics of lying, hating and avoiding the country’s huge problems.”

No, it wasn’t “despite” Obama’s re-election that these three problems persisted. Obama’s re-election exacerbated all three problems. Lying? Check. Hating? Check. Avoiding the country’s huge problems? Check. A perfect score for our 44th president.

JIM COX Van Wert, Ohio

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