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Letters to the editor


Incumbency assures debt won’t be fixed

If Congress wanted to fix the national debt, it could, but members would rather just complain about it. So many big businesses don’t pay any taxes at all, so many have an office in the Cayman Islands to exempt them from paying taxes. A business that creates jobs in another country gets tax breaks, and how many get money back from the taxpayers? The oil companies get $4 billion a year; how many others get taxpayer money?

But Congress will not do anything as long as these big businesses keep filling their pockets with money. The people keep re-electing the biggest percentage of these people back into office, so I guess things will never change.

JIM SMITH Churubusco

Sequester forcing us to make needed cuts

Who caused the sequester is a matter of whom you believe. Basically, I believe that it happened because we can’t control our spending and “wants.”

The majority of Americans cannot afford more taxes. You cannot spend more than you earn and not pay a penalty. You go into debt, which means you have to lower your spending, not borrow more money. You cut up your credit cards, seek financial counseling and give up some things. Yes, it might hurt.

We have become a nation of “takers,” expecting the government to support us and pay our bills. That is not the job of the government.

“Balance” is a matter of perspective. If spending keeps taking us further into debt, borrowing more is not “balancing” the budget.

Too much government money is being spent on pork barrel and earmark items that are not essential. Eliminate all the unnecessary things taking government money, and we will have a good start in getting ourselves out of debt.

I fully support Speaker John Boehner. He and those with him made the right decision to stand firm.

JAN LONG Fort Wayne

Constitution as is contains all the answers

Senate Joint Resolution 18 and Senate Bills 224 and 225 just aren’t worthy of your trust. It will be difficult to sell a rewrite of the Constitution to the American people. The normal amendment process requires passage by two-thirds of each house of Congress and ratification by 38 state legislatures.

The other amendment procedure prescribed in Article V, has never before been used successfully. The process requires 34 states calling for a constitutional convention. At that point, the United States Constitution would be up for grabs and open to any and all changes.

If state legislators were sincere in reinstating states rights under the Constitution, they would merely invoke the current 10th Amendment sovereignty resolution they passed in 1995. The states should refuse to obey mandates issued by the federal government that are out of bounds with the 10th Amendment.

The problem is when the states take federal money, they take federal control. So wrote Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor in New York vs. the United States. According to this case, the states in their sovereign capacities are the principals, and the federal government is the “agent” of the states.

Legislators must pick up our present, unique Constitution, and start to use it again to make sure that the states and the people’s freedoms are fully protected by keeping the Constitution’s doors locked. I am convinced we would all be pleasantly astonished at the results.


Convention would invite constitutional disaster

I usually don’t agree with the political stance that The Journal Gazette editorial board takes. But in the case of state Sen. David Long and his bill for a constitutional convention, I agree 100 percent.

Does Long know that a constitutional convention opens up the whole Constitution to be amended and not just the parts he does not like? We could see the end of the Fifth or the 10th or the First Amendment, and if the left has its way, the Second is guaranteed to be removed. And the rest is not safe, either. According to the Congressional Archives as well as the Department of Justice, once a constitutional convention is called, it cannot be stopped by just one state taking its ball and going home, it goes on until it is concluded and then the whole country votes on what is left.

Twenty states have refused this call; 38 are needed to convene a constitutional convention.


Woodward’s work far from unimpeachable

I was very disappointed to see The Journal Gazette carried Bob Woodward’s piece (“Spin over sequester contrary to the facts,” Feb. 27).

He has a track record of claiming he got his scoops from well-placed anonymous sources. That way no one can prove him wrong, unless his information turns out to be completely bogus as it did when in 2010 he assured us that Hillary Rodham Clinton was going to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the 2012 ticket. Surely the question of who first proposed the sequester is irrelevant.

The sequester came about in 2011 because Republicans were holding a metaphorical gun to the full faith and credit of the United States. The administration was looking for something – anything – to get them to put the gun down. On the same day you published his column, Woodward appeared on Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show and said, “Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, (saying), ‘I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country.’ That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.” The only madness here is the madness of Woodward, who apparently thinks the president can ignore laws passed by Congress because they’re just pieces of paper. Woodward has seized on this trivial matter of who proposed the sequester to promote his most recent book. Please try to do better.


Familiarity with guns depends on upbringing

This is in response to Geoffrey Wheeler’s March 3 letter titled “Not everyone sees need for gun ownership,” which was in response to Dale Pierce’s Feb. 25 letter proposing that education in the use of firearms be made a national priority: I am about contemporary with Wheeler, whose father was born in 1892; mine was born in 1889.

Wheeler, prior to moving to Indiana, had never met anyone who owned or had fired a gun, and he said he had “no truck” with guns. Unlike him, I grew up on a northern Illinois farm in the 1930s, and my father had fitted his John Deere Model A tractor with a gun rack which normally held a 12-gauge shotgun. Sometimes when he would be plowing, he would see a gopher or other such rodent which would take delight in digging up and eating newly planted corn or soybean kernels. He would stop the tractor, grab the gun, take aim and fire, hoping to eliminate the creature that was eager to lunch on the corn or soybeans that would soon be planted.

By the time that I went off to Manchester College in 1945, I had helped with the plowing and had shot a few gophers. Ever since that time, like Wheeler, I have had no further truck with guns.

L. DWIGHT FARRINGER North Manchester

Keep farmers’ market concentrated downtown

It was a brilliant idea to begin a farmers’ market in downtown Fort Wayne. I think it is a terrible idea to expand the farmers’ market to satellite locations.

The original concept was wonderful. It provides a forum for gardeners, farmers and artists to show and trade in a central place. Downtown is an ideal location to gather and join in the pulse of our community.

By expanding to satellites, it takes away from the experience of such a market, and it fosters the disconnect of Fort Wayne areas and its citizens.

The farmers’ market only at Parkview Field would be better to serve the entire tri-state area in one location.

Also, downtown Fort Wayne is so easily accessible, and parking is plentiful, and free, on weekends.


Magazine offers insight on health care mess

For all those who question Obamacare and everyone else who thinks our health care is the best in world, please read the March 4 issue of Time magazine devoted to “Why Medical Bills are Killing Us.”