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Kruse’s pursuit of truth could get interesting

State Sen. Dennis Kruse and others who fancy they know scientific truth that scientists do not may want to extend the scope of his “truth in education” proposal beyond the realm of science. Or maybe they don’t.

After all, the notion of Kruse and his creation science allies is that children should be encouraged – by law – to question teachers who teach the best available scientific information on such topics as evolution, climate change and stem-cell research.

Such freedom should encourage high school students to use class time to question the prevailing sexual abstinence dogma and present evidence that distributing condoms would be a more effective way to prevent pregnancy and disease.

Things will get even more interesting when students deploy hard facts and tough questions against the prevailing truths about economics and history.

So, senator, by all means encourage the free flow of disputed ideas in public schools, but don’t be surprised if you don’t like the results.


In tax fight, GOP should turn tables on Obama

Republicans are going lose the tax confrontation battle.

Let’s say, as many propose, the conservatives hold the line and we end up going over the media-hyped fiscal cliff. Then what?

By the first week in January the House will be so bloodied, chastened, have had their hats handed to them by the media and citizens that they will meekly OK raising tax rates on the 2 percent while extending the 98 percenters’ current rates. Here’s what to do: The House should now pass extending the rates for the 98 percent. Then pass a separate extension for the rich guys. It’s sure to fail in the Senate or get vetoed.

Now the onus is on the president and his band of misguided zealots. Then it’s not if, but when the economy tanks, it’s on their heads.

The Republicans can then claim a bigger majority in the House in 2014 and just maybe take back the Senate, unless they pick some ideologues who can’t keep their mouths shut.

Let the economy sink back into a deep recession; then there just may be a call for a return to fiscal sanity.

RICH POLK Fort Wayne

Aqua Indiana customer wants Fort Wayne water

I hope that my home will be receiving water, billing and service from Fort Wayne City Utilities in the near future.

I have a separate line for my lawn, for which I am overcharged for having it turned on. I was not always able to fully use it this past summer due to lack of water and or water pressure with Aqua Indiana.

My bills never reflected that, but instead, the high and ambiguous minimum charges for both water and sewer were ever present with no correlation between amount of water used and sewer charges.

Water has its own set of rules for minimum charges.

Aqua seemingly has a green light to raise rates, add on charges and minimums with not enough consideration for the quality and value of their product.