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Republicans in danger of marginalizing selves

Victoria Toensing’s piece, “Pro-life stance dooms inflexible Republicans” (Dec. 12), caught my eye. Her concerns are some of my concerns. The radical approaches to issues that the average American faces daily sum up the Republicans’ inability to attract other voters except the hardcore base. Legislation that is an obvious attempt to disenfranchise blocs of voters, gerrymandering districts to favor the party, the decision not to compromise and electing subpar primary candidates who get elected to office are non-starters for a successful national party.

As long as we continue to lose elections nationally, run afraid of certain bogeymen and kid ourselves that we’re right and everyone else is wrong, we’re on our way to being very insignificant, party-wise. We either change or learn to be satisfied with winning local and state elections most of the time.

If we can’t win on our ideas and accomplishments, then we don’t deserve to win. If we are so bankrupt of ideas – and how to present them – that would attract the majority of voters, then we need a full cleansing of the party. Unfortunately, the face of the party, to the average person of voting age, is the Ted Nugent types. Nasty, racist, vulgar, hateful, and – as Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana says – stupid.


SB 373 keeps consumers from vital information

I’m writing in response to Niki Kelly’s Feb. 13 article, “Video bill, aimed at ‘vigilantes,’ advances.” It’s a disgrace and an outrage that Senate Bill 373 – essentially a whistleblower-suppression bill – recently passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law and has now made its way to the Senate floor.

Why is our Senate creating even more laws designed to protect corporate profits over consumer safety? SB 373 is a significant governmental overreach that would have devastating consequences for the health and welfare of Indiana’s consumers. This bill would keep important information about food contamination, environmental violations, animal welfare and workers’ rights from ever seeing the light of day.

We, as voters and taxpayers, have a right to know what goes on in the facilities that produce our food. All Indiana consumers should contact their senators and voice their opposition to this dangerous and un-American legislation.


Charter revocation puts children’s future at risk

I wanted to share my concern over the decision by Ball State University to revoke the charter of my children’s school, Imagine MASTer Academy.

Their decision is based on achievements and academic progress during a student’s time at this particular facility. The achievements of a majority of Imagine students cannot be measured by their time solely with Imagine but should be tracked from their previous school records and their progress upon leaving Imagine.

Imagine educates the whole child – academics, civic engagement, social awareness, positive character development and so much more. The educators are involved, active, supportive and engaged. The school’s unique approach had a quantifiable, positive effect on my children.

Revocation of this charter will put hundreds of children at risk of falling through the educational gaps simply because they have a different learning style, challenging social skills or a variety of other reasons.

It is so important that parents have the right and ability, regardless of their social or economic status, to choose the educational environment best for their children. I have seen success firsthand in my children and their friends, and I can assure you that Imagine MASTer Academy is the right school for our children.