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State Boulevard project offers needed upgrades

Many of us on Oakridge Road involved by proximity to the project want the following State Boulevard improvements:

The new bridge crossing Spy Run Creek will be seven feet higher and wider than the old bridge. There should be no future traffic blockages due to high water.

There will be two accesses (Oakridge and Westbrook) onto State Boulevard from the north neighborhood. At the present there are four accesses (Terrace, Oakridge, Eastbrook and Westbrook). This eliminates two potential accident locations.

The new street has less curvature, allowing improved visibility.

The “old State Boulevard” curve becomes a low-traffic neighborhood street instead of the current high-volume neighborhood boulevard.

Most of the flood-plain houses will have been removed, adding to the value of the neighborhood.

The new four-lane street will allow better traffic flow during peak hours without increased speed.

Sadly, some neighborhood associations have signed on against the project without full factual disclosure. I am one who favors these needed improvements. I hope all neighborhood residents will get involved and bring this project to completion.


New teacher standards should be shelved

In his concession speech Mitt Romney called for “government at all levels to put the people before the politics.”

I hope that will be the case here, where the people have spoken about the pace and direction of education reform. Perhaps one of the first tests will be the Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability II proposals now before the State Board of Education. This body is chaired by the superintendent of public instruction, and it is scheduled to meet on Dec. 5 under the current administration. Although the agenda has not been officially announced, indications are it will consider REPA II.

REPA II would de-professionalize teaching at a time when our students need great teachers most. During the required period of public comment, more than 99 percent of Hoosiers who submitted testimony spoke against the proposals. The State Board of Education should defer action on REPA II until Superintendent-Elect Glenda Ritz is inaugurated. Then, under her leadership, it should table REPA II for good.

Approving a policy so overwhelmingly opposed by citizens of Indiana would not be putting people before politics.

GERARDO M. GONZALEZ Dean, School of Education Indiana University

Exposing Obama’s agenda an act of patriotism

In my attempt to expose the truth regarding President Obama’s ideology and agenda, people either supported my views or were adamant that I was seriously misinformed.

I never disliked Obama; I was against his political ideology, pandering to specific groups, lack of and/or avoidance of dealing effectively with international and internal terrorist incidents, his cronyism with people who do not support the Constitution, and lack of leadership for this country.

I believe to never speak out for your beliefs gives the impression that you agree with those who do speak out. But there is an appropriate way to express your beliefs without slandering those who oppose your views. As an avid reader of history, there are two totally opposite beliefs that state:

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.” – Josef Stalin

Going forward, the 2012 voters will have to ask themselves – which path will keep our great country as it was intended or which path will destroy us from within?