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Get all the facts on State project

Pity, with a touch of chagrin. These are my feelings for my neighbors who oppose the West State Boulevard expansion at Eastbrook Drive. Pity they are basing their misinformed decision on ill-educated opinions; chagrin they would presume to speak for us who have actually dedicated our time to seeking out the truth.

The proposition to widen State between Clinton and Wells streets will make our neighborhood safer and quieter while increasing our property values. The “new State” will open four lanes further south of our neighborhood, routing traffic away from our homes and our children.

The section of “old State” will remain, only now it will offer on-street parking and a safer option for exiting the neighborhood.

The houses slated for demolition are either rentals or occupied by people – my aunt being one of them – who are happy to leave what has long been a dangerous, noisy place to live.

Anyone who wishes to hear the truth is welcome to call Shan Gunawardena, Fort Wayne’s traffic engineer; he can be reached at 427-6169 or Gunawardena has sadly been excluded from any and all public gatherings. For those who want to get the facts, he is willing to come to meetings, to individual homes or set time out of his day in his office to show you the plans. I urge you to do so before writing any more letters presuming to speak for all of us.


Suggestion for vets a money-saver

I would like to thank Marshall D. Springer for his letter (Oct. 30) suggesting that he and other veterans be allowed to go to regular hospitals, show their VA card, and receive care there instead of at VA hospitals. Not being a veteran myself, I have not had to deal with VA hospitals, but I have several friends who are veterans and I have heard many stories about the sub-par care given there. The VA hospitals are an unnecessary expense to the federal government and are not needed, given the capacity at other hospitals. I suggest closing all VA hospitals and allowing veterans to go to one of our other fine hospitals. It would save the costs of the VA hospitals and would assure the veterans better medical care.


Daniels must stop sanctioned slaughter

The deer culling scheduled for Nov. 13, 14, 26 and 27 maligns our state’s parks system and needs to be stopped. We believe fewer state parks are participating in this operation this year – we did our best last season to protest.

We cannot believe this horror is allowed, encouraged, whatever, but it’s a great money-maker for this state, and that’s the real bottom line. Certainly there are some Hoosiers besides us who are appalled at this “canned” plan and the false justifications for mass murder and slaughter.

Congratulations to Gov. Mitch Daniels on his pending presidency of Purdue University, famed college of veterinary science. He should take a tip from New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who called a halt to the marathon that would have damaged the reputation of his city at a crucial time for consideration of what is civil and kind and responsible.

Daniels should act to prevent this heinous slaughter immediately, prior to the dates that have been publicized for shutting down our parks for this profit-generating and profit-motivated mass killing – a misguided, rationalized massacre.