You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.


  • With open arms
    From some quarters, the reactions have been cold, even contemptuous. But the children who have arrived on America's southern border deserve our compassion and our help.
  • Voters can help modernize county government
    Everyone would agree that our world and community have changed immensely in the last 190 years. Innovations in communication, transportation and manufacturing have challenged society to adapt.
  • States prepare to use constitutional authority
    In recent months, several letters have been published in this space about the growing momentum behind a state-led effort to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Web letter: Let Kruse seek truth on tax abatement forms

State Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, wants a law to make public school teachers tell the truth, a disingenuous piece of nonsense that utterly fails to conceal the fact that his objective is to sabotage science education in Indiana.

If Kruse really wants “to establish truth” (an old campaign slogan of his), then he should focus on the laughably inadequate forms that Indiana businesses receiving tax abatements have to file every year to report compliance with their employment and salary targets.

It’s perfectly legal to lie on these forms. Yes, a company’s agent has to certify that the reported information is true, but without using the magic words “under penalty for perjury,” which could land the signer in jail if he or she fibs.

“Truth in education” is Kruse’s untruthful label for his mischievous proposal to harass our teachers; but neither he nor anyone else in the legislature has shown the backbone to demand truth from the businesses that benefit so lavishly from tax abatements.

MICHAEL WALTER Auburn City Councilman