Neediest abandoned in budget showdown
Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s public opposition to a settlement to avoid sequestration March 1 is in major part based on a lack of federal spending cuts already accomplished. His rationale is transparent in that he strongly supports the rich and large corporate businesses. That is, he opposes closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and he opposes millionaires paying higher taxes.
We clearly understand the financial advantage to him in representing the wealthy in this way; however, we ask that he seriously consider the needs of us, as seniors, on Medicare and Social Security since we have paid taxes for years to obtain these benefits. We ask that he likewise consider the needs of those with disabilities and the needy, who have minimal advocacy representation.
This family urges Stutzman to compromise his budget stance and work with Congress members who have a genuine heart for needy constituents.
MARVIN O. ROSS and family Fort Wayne
Vouchers offer children access to challenges
I just read a column criticizing the state’s voucher program and felt compelled to share a different perspective. My son and I are both cancer survivors. This disease ravaged our finances, yet as a caring father, I still wanted to give my children access to the best education possible.
The reality of our situation was that we just couldn’t afford private school. Then, the voucher program came along and allowed our children to get the education they deserve. My son is in the fifth grade now and thriving more than ever. His classes are much more challenging, but he is consistently making the honor roll.
In a life filled with dark clouds, the voucher program has been our silver lining. I agree that more families should be able to participate in the program, but until the existing income eligibility rules are changed, let’s not deny thousands of families around the state a choice that is so valuable to them.
My family is incredibly grateful to all who made the voucher program possible, and we are seeing firsthand how it helps children thrive. This program is providing children across Indiana with opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
ETHAN BIRCH Fort Wayne
Keep money at home: Repeal 16th Amendment
I was pleased to hear that the Indiana Senate has called for a constitutional convention. However, considering that the federal government does not consider itself bound by the current content of the Constitution, I am not sure that adding more amendments regarding regulation of commerce will help. I suggest that repealing the 16th Amendment (authorizing collection of income taxes) will get the most bang for the convention buck.
There are plenty of non-income taxes being paid; don’t worry. Not enough to support everything, but I would rather donate to charities to support the poor in my community than have faceless bureaucrats take my taxes and invest them in bailouts and green energy. Whatever the merits of such investments, the Constitution allows the federal government no authority to make them.
I doubt we can make worse decisions at the state level than the federal government has at its level.
DONNA MASKELL Fort Wayne