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Armstrong’s betrayal hurts most

The sad news has hit that Lance Armstrong lied to us and deceived us about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. As often as we hear about famous people who misrepresent who they are, one would think we would become callous to these kind of stories.

I wanted to believe in Lance Armstrong. I wanted to see the goodness in someone who overcomes enormous health issues to become an incredible athlete with the unbelievable stamina and endurance to become a world-class cyclist who set records that would stand for many years if not forever. I was very proud of him and had great admiration not only for his accomplishments as an athlete, but for what he was trying to do in making a difference in the battle against cancer by his foundation devoted to that cause.

He was someone who, in my book, was a hero. This person, whom I perceived as a modern-day Don Quixote, betrayed our trust and faith. That betrayal hurts more than anything else. I will get over it, but I wonder how many young people he hurt

He is a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy, and I hope someday a hero of the stature we perceived him to have will come along and rebuild our trust and faith in the goodness of a person who can overcome great hurdles and inspire us by their great accomplishments.


Violence ultimately unpredictable

Do we need new gun laws? I think not. We need to enforce the laws already on the books. Background checks are in place, except when private owners sell their guns.

If a criminal wants a gun to commit an illegal act, he or she will find a way. Case in point: the felon in New York state who ambushed firefighters, wounding four and killing two. The felon was released from prison after serving 17 years for murdering his mother with a hammer. The felon’s girlfriend bought the weapons for him after passing a background check in the state of New York.

We cannot pass enough laws to prevent violence. Are our politicians smart enough to know when or where the next act of violence will take place?

JOHN PARKER Huntertown

Foliage adds to statue’s ambiance

Mayor Tom Henry’s idea to have the equestrian statue of Gen. Anthony Wayne moved from Freimann Square to the Allen County Courthouse grounds has been discussed in recent articles.

I would ask him to reconsider. The other day, as I drove past Freimann Square, I was struck by the ambiance created for the statue by the surrounding trees: Gen. Anthony Wayne was riding through the forest, as he would have in his time. The whole southwest corner of Freimann Square was turned into a visual experience.

This visual experience would be lost if the statue were relocated to the emptiness of the Courthouse grounds.


Retiree’s complaint ill-founded

This is in response to the letter from Carl A. Bernacky (“Federal retirees fighting unfair taxation of retirement benefits,” Jan. 14). Bernacky was writing on behalf of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was bemoaning the fact that individuals receiving a federal civil service pension are allowed only a $2,000 exemption on their Indiana state income tax.

Let’s see if I get this: Federal employees receive a generous salary while they are active – paid for by the U.S. taxpayers. When they retire, they receive a pension, also paid for by the taxpayers, and he thinks their pensions should be exempt from state income tax?

His comparison of the tax treatment of federal civil service pensions to that of Social Security payments seems seriously flawed, since they are two entirely different entities.

My private pension, which I contributed to for years, and which never received a single taxpayer dollar, is fully taxed by both the federal and state government. I’m not complaining, just having a little difficulty in understanding Bernacky’s outrage about federal retirees contributing a little bit to the Indiana state treasury. Seems like it might be their turn.