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Letters

Pigeon River site closure would be blow to many

I have been camping at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area for around 40 years. It’s a great place to camp.

In the past few years there have been improvements made to the campground; it would be a shame to see them go to waste. They talk about all the options they considered to try to keep the campground open, but unless I’ve missed something, they haven’t tried any of them – not one. If you don’t try the options, how do you know whether they will or will not work?

They talk about the holidays being the busiest time of the year for camping. That probably is true, but what they forgot to mention is all the camping that is done by deer, duck, goose, rabbit, and put-and-take hunters, not to mention the trout fisherman.

I even see a lot of people with canoes strapped to their vehicles. People who like to float the river and folks who just like to camp there but don’t hunt or fish or float the river just love the serenity of the place.

If Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area were to close, it would be a great loss to the camping community.

GARY ARCHER Decatur

U. of Phoenix degree a proven stepping stone

Your editorial regarding a new charter school (“Rise of a shadow school,” Feb. 20) mentions that one of the key people is a graduate of the University of Phoenix. It seems like that was mentioned so readers would question his competency.

Shortly after graduating from that online school, one of my family members was accepted at the University of Michigan’s prestigious School of Business. In short order he graduated with an MBA and is now working in finance at one our nation’s largest corporations. That’s food for thought.

LARRY WHEELER Spencerville

Tax abatement changes assure quality jobs

Tax abatements are one of the essential economic development tools government has to attract and retain business. I am encouraged by the collaboration among city and county officials in the acknowledgement of the need and the course they have taken to update their abatement policies. By aligning city and county policies, it will make it easier for businesses to be aware of the requirements needed to obtain a tax abatement and more transparent for the community.

The Joint City-County Tax Abatement Committee engaged community stakeholders in the review process, including the Chamber and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance. Stakeholders were asked to review the proposed changes and provide feedback.

The proposed changes provide for a new level of accountability by creating a new compliance process without being arduous for business or government staff and resources. It will allow the city and county councils to have a better idea of how many jobs and types of jobs have been created or retained.

The new policies put a greater emphasis on projects that create and retain good jobs with higher than average wages. This is important as our region’s average wage is below the national level. The proposed changes will continue to build and strengthen our community. I, on behalf of my members, encourage our local officials to approve these changes and allow business to continue to invest in our community.

MICHAEL S. LANDRAM President/CEO Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce

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