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Sequester bill solves our budgetary woes

President Obama promised he would cut the budget deficit in half and he would like to disproportionately tax the 1 percent to do it. And his party, as a whole, would like to cut military spending since the terrorists have been “decimated.”

The Republicans would like to cut spending by restructuring entitlements, most notably, Medicare and Social Security. They would also like to broaden the tax base so more citizens have “skin in the game.”

Both sides agree the economy was better at the end of the Clinton years when we actually had a surplus.

Thank goodness we have a solution. It returns us to the same tax rates we had under Clinton and it’s a bipartisan bill passed by the Republican-controlled House and the Democratically-controlled Senate. It also carries the blessing and signature of President Obama. It is the much-maligned sequester bill. It will cut the deficit by $560 billion, almost half, and takes 17 percent of its revenue from the top 1 percent of earners. It will broaden the tax base and stop the raid of Social Security and Medicare, otherwise known as the Obama payroll tax holiday. The heaviest cuts are to Medicare and the military.

What’s not to like?


State widening foes wise not to trust city

The opponents of the State Boulevard widening and straightening project have some very valid concerns. Primarily they don’t seem to trust the truthfulness or honesty of city officials. I can’t blame them.

I also trusted what was said to me by the city engineer during an upgrade project. A total of 25 feet of right of way was needed to upgrade utility lines near my Ardmore Avenue home – not for road widening, I was told several times by the city engineer. Ten years later, a new four-lane road and a Rivergreenway trail are at my front door. I was told, “Once we own it we can do what we want with it.” My advice is to record and document every conversation.

Maplecrest Road, Ardmore, St. Joe Center Road and now State Boulevard are just a few examples. Investigating the specifics of these projects would show why there is such a lack of trust of city officials.


Winner appreciates return to FWCS board

I want to thank those who supported my candidacy for the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees. I am thrilled to have been elected for a second term; it is an honor to serve on this board that continues to face the critical issues to reach our district’s goals of educational excellence for our students.

My appreciation goes out to my early encouragers, including my husband Frank and our family; Beth Heironimus and her design talents on brochures and signs; generous donors who believe in the current direction of FWCS; everyone who graciously put out yard signs; all the people who listened as we knocked on doors to spread our message; Sydni Kinchen, who walked her neighborhood with me; Karen Goldner, who edited my Facebook page; Alan McMahon, who endorsed me in our mailer; and The Journal Gazette and News-Sentinel’s editorial staffs for their endorsements.

I want to assure all taxpayers and parents of the FWCS district that I approach this non-partisan position without regard to political party affiliation. Students are not assigned classroom seats based upon their political preference or that of their parents. What I want is for all students to receive the best possible education and to provide that education at a reasonable cost to our taxpayers.

BECKY HILL FWCS School District 3 Representative