Setting record straight on Huntertown Council
There have been a few editorials regarding the forming of a Utility Board in Huntertown. Most of the information that has been printed is simply not true.
Several editorials commented that residents of Huntertown need the Utility Board to hold Town Council members accountable. The Utility Board would lessen the workload of a council but would not be in a position to hold a council accountable.
The Utility Board members will be appointed by the council. Appointed positions are not made to hold those that appoint them accountable.
Another recurring comment is that Huntertown council members do not keep residents informed. As far as residents being informed, they hold two meetings a month on the first and third Monday of the month. This is not a secret. These meeting dates are posted on the Huntertown website and on utility bills.
The last comment I often see in editorials about Huntertown is that the Town Council does not listen to residents. When residents were concerned about a proposal to put the wastewater treatment plant on the park property the council listened and sought a new location. I repeatedly see council consider residents opinions and make adjustments.
JACKIE TRACEY Huntertown
Passing teacher licensing rules was self-serving
After two public hearings where educators across the state vehemently testified against passing Rules for Education Preparation and Accountability II, legislation to minimize requirements for obtaining a teaching and administrator licenses in Indiana, the State Board of Education passed it anyway.
Mike Pettibone, the only K-12 administrator on the board, insightfully made a move to table this legislation, a prudent request supported by the majority of citizens in the room. Unfortunately, no other board members would second his request.
After several more confusing revisions of the REPA II legislation, a quick move was made to approve it. Seven of the nine board members voted to pass it, despite major objections from educators and parents. This political move by state Superintendent Tony Bennett and the board majority was clearly self-serving.
Pettibone from Monroe should be commended for adhering to his principles and maintaining an open ear to the public he serves.
WENDY MARENCIK Bloomington
2 civil rights leaders treated differently
This is the story of two civil rights leaders. Both advocated the same message: Peace, love your neighbor, all persons are created equal
One is honored with his name and image on government office buildings, libraries, streets and bridges. His picture is displayed in the offices of many government officials. He has a national holiday in honor of his birthday. There are no lawsuits or demonstrations in protest of all this.
The others name and image are banned from any government recognition. He has a national holiday in honor of his birthday, but his name cannot even be mentioned when we celebrate it. Why?
J. EDWARD FELTS Fort Wayne