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Letters

Republicans’ beliefs not enough to govern

Mike Pence’s naive belief is that “allowing Hoosiers to keep more of their hard-earned money will create jobs” (“Pence, Bosma differ on proposed tax cuts,” Nov. 20). In response to this unsupported, woefully flawed supply-side economic belief, I can only allude to the father of modern-day supply side advocates, Ronald Reagan.

So to Pence and the rank-and-file GOP, “there you go again,” citing your “beliefs” as both rationale and justification for governing, as though if the GOP believes strongly enough in an idea or concept, it must be accurate and trustworthy. Please bring more to the tax cut discussion than just your gut feeling.

In the world of professional economic research, the ability of tax cuts to create good jobs can easily be proven true or false by crunching employment data from today’s date back to 2001 or 2003, to the two main tax cuts – the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, known as the Bush tax cuts.

So to Pence and the GOP, consider yourselves on notice that Hoosiers are counting on much more than just your beliefs to move us from our current predicament economically to a more fruitful economy with a more advantageous future for more Hoosiers.

LEN MAYDWELL Huntington

Season not only begins too early; it ends too early

Although I certainly agree with the sentiment in Robert Hollenberg’s letter (“Holiday encroachment increasing by the year,” Dec. 3), I offer a correction from my point of view.

For people of many Christian faith traditions, Christmas does not begin after Thanksgiving, it begins at midnight on Dec. 25 and runs until Jan. 6, the actual season of Christmas popularized in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Jan. 6 marks Epiphany, when the Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem. The period preceding Christmas is called Advent, a wonderful time of prayer, preparation and reflecting on scriptural promises.

It breaks my heart on Dec. 26 to not be able to listen to Christmas carols on the radio and to see many Christmas trees absent from windows; even our wonderful downtown Christmas lights go dark on Jan. 1. As Andy Williams sings, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” So let’s enjoy it for its full duration.

TERRY BROBERG-SWANGIN Fort Wayne

Let’s return to animals the kindness they show us

I found it very interesting that in the same paper printed Dec. 2, there was a letter on the Editorial page about the inhumane treatment of a fatally injured doe that was hit in traffic, and Frank Gray’s article titled “Memorials to pets prove it’s more than puppy love.”

As Mr. Gray states, our pets remain with us until they die or we do and, unlike our friends and relatives, are happy to see us arrive home and sit and cuddle with us after a busy, intense day. Their comfort helps to relax and prepare us for a peaceful evening and to face the next day.

Therefore, it seems that we should be humane enough to treat our animal companions with humanity and kindness.

I realize I wasn’t there to see the deer occurrence, but evidently it was disturbing enough for a citizen to write a letter to a newspaper. The police officers’ jobs are difficult at best, but maybe there might have been a better way.

MARY J. LANDIS Decatur

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