Truck traffic inevitable on upgraded State Blvd.
It seems city officials are saying they have no desire to make State Boulevard a truck route. I have been to several meetings discussing the 2030 transportation plan. The plan appears to lean toward State Boulevard’s being a throughway for truck traffic.
As a resident near East State Village, I, along with thousands of others, will be negatively affected. I believe it says in the 2030 transportation plan that this route will help alleviate some of the heavy traffic on Coliseum Boulevard. Was not Coliseum Boulevard meant to be a city bypass for trucks? And what about I-469? Why not improve upon use of Coliseum Boulevard and 469?
The curve on State Boulevard slows down traffic. I think that is a good thing. Yes, the intersections through that area could be tweaked a bit. But raising the grade and straightening the curve to accommodate truck traffic will do just that, accommodate truck traffic. If a person looks at the city grid, the north/south routes of Maplecrest/Adams Center roads and Hillegas/Hugenard plus Goshen Road, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the problem coming. Sure, our city can put up all the No trucks" signs it wants, but if you build it they will come.
There go the neighborhoods.
GWEN GUTWEIN Fort Wayne
Donnelly thankful for chance to serve
In this season of giving thanks, I am writing to thank the people for giving me the chance to serve as the next U.S. senator from Indiana.
Our country faces major challenges, and I look forward to bringing to the U.S. Senate the bipartisan Hoosier common sense that Indiana families use every day. My approach is to put the people of our great state first and foremost.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with members of both parties as we move Indiana forward. This time should be focused on family and friends and helping those in need; however, I also wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve you as your next senator.
Again, thank you for this honor and privilege. I look forward to bringing your voice to the U.S. Senate.
JOE DONNELLY Mishawaka
Message of Ritzís election needs quick reinforcement
Glenda Ritz won by a large margin for superintendent of public instruction. Yet Gov.-elect Mike Pence and Gov. Mitch Daniels have claimed that the message was a strong affirmation of education reform in the state. The votes for state superintendent clearly reflect the path in education that the majority of Hoosiers support. It is time for us to follow through on that message.
On Dec. 5, the State Board of Education will be voting on new rules for teacher licensure called REPA2. These new rules would allow anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any subject to take a test and become a teacher. REPA2 removes professional development from license renewal as well. This denigration of the profession is unacceptable.
I entrust my children to the care of these professionals every day. I want my teachers to be well educated, not only in the subject matter, but in how children learn. Learning is complex and so is teaching; it cannot possibly be summed up on one test.
Please write or call the board members to tell them to reject these new rules for teacher licensing in Indiana. They must hear from us. In addition, there is an online petition one can sign to send another message that when we voted for Ritz, we voted for a change: to educate, not over-test our kids and to respect and trust their teachers with their care.
CATHY FUENTES-ROHWER Bloomington