Voucher boosters’ agenda laid open
Now Rep. Bob Behning and Gov. Mike Pence’s representative state openly that school vouchers are not just about academics. This is not surprising to anyone who is paying attention. School vouchers in Indiana have always been about using state tax dollars to subsidize private, primarily religious, education. And, for some, vouchers are a backhanded way to end publicly controlled education entirely while having someone else pay for their children’s education. (If you do not believe the government should provide education, why not honestly stand on that principle?)
The Indiana Supreme Court has found that using our taxes to support religious institutions via vouchers is constitutional. To this point the voucher program has permitted a renegade legislative majority to primarily support its chosen religion. Is it time for all other faith groups to start their own schools? Indiana taxpayers can then subsidize schools for Christian, pagan, Baha’i, Muslim, atheist, Hindu, secular humanist, Buddhist, animist, agnostic, etc. Every parent can then use vouchers to pay for the religious education of their choice.
In response, will legislators establish their flavor of Christianity as the Indiana state religion with the only schools worthy of subsidy (what the majority would probably like to do)?
Could the Indiana Supreme Court then recognize the error of its ways?
JEFF KACHMAR Fort Wayne
FWCS’ efficiency is on display daily
The letter from William Dotterweich (Non-public schools better bargain, April 2) alleging fiscal inefficiency at FWCS is a mixture of bitterness and fantasy.
Our board operates under three broad goals, the second of which is fiscal integrity. The district has consistently delivered. We are among the state’s leading districts in the percentage of tax dollars that go to instruction, an accomplishment praised by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.
If you visit our administration building, something Dotterweich should do, you will observe our employees doing their best for the taxpayers, maintaining payroll and other employee services for almost 2,500 employees of the state’s largest school district.
When Dotterweich criticizes the number of non-teaching employees, he takes a swipe at the aide who spent a recent snow day translating books into Braille for a blind student she supervises, the bus driver who navigates the inner-city streets, or the guidance person helping a student with a rocky home life.
I invite Dotterweich to accompany me to any school or the administration center, unannounced, any day of week; it would allow him a factual basis upon which to write his next letter.
MARK E. GiaQUINTA FWCS board president Fort Wayne
Wind energy sounds too good to be true
I just finished reading Rob Propes’ commentary on Wells County wind farms breathing life into the area (April 2).
In the first paragraph he states that the project will cost $336 million. What the project offers Wells County sounds great in teams of dollars to the area, but it does not add up to $336 million. Does this money come from Apex Wind Energy group or a private concern or does it come out of the federal tax money that we all pay into?
I have always heard that if it is too good to be true, it probably is – and that is what I am thinking about this and many other wind projects in our state and nation. Does it pay for itself in electricity generated and what is the length of payback for the investment of $336 million?
I am really concerned when I drive around our beautiful state and see these gigantic structures looming over our fields. If this doesn’t work out, who will be responsible to take them down?
I know Propes makes his living doing this and is convinced that they are the best, but I want him to answer these questions. I have been concerned about this since I saw my first wind farm in Iowa.
TERRY L. FREDERICK North Webster