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Common Core support is an easy choice

Sometimes choices aren’t clear-cut. But the selection that needs to be made with Common Core academic standards is simple and obvious. Forget, for a minute, about all the facts and myths associated with the program. Legislators who are debating whether to halt Common Core have this choice:

Listen to the Indiana Department of Education, State Board of Education, Indiana Education Roundtable and Indiana Chamber of Commerce, in addition to classroom teachers and administrators, school boards, parents and businesses statewide and throughout the country. These groups with expertise and a vested interest all agree that continuing the implementation of Common Core is best for Indiana students and their families.


Listen to the tea party – with no background on education performance in Indiana or other states and basing its opposition on a contrived conspiracy from the Obama administration.

It should be among the easiest of decisions for our lawmakers – education excellence for our young people or a political battle against the bipartisanship that has 45 states on board with the adoption of Common Core.

Let your legislators know you choose Hoosier students.

KEVIN BRINEGAR President and CEO Indiana Chamber of Commerce Indianapolis

Amazon sales tax bill sets poor precedent

Indiana’s legislators should not pass the amended bill that would require to start collecting Indiana sales tax six months earlier than what was agreed between Amazon and Gov. Mitch Daniels. As someone who owns a local retail business that would most likely benefit from online sales tax collection in our state, I still believe that we should honor any deals we have made. It is shortsighted to think that the additional revenue collected during those six months is worth more than the future ability of our state to negotiate with the private sector successfully. If this passes, why would any private-sector company or organization negotiate with Indiana?


National Guard not ‘well-regulated militia’

Leonard M. Goldstein’s letter on April 17 interprets the militia in the Second Amendment as being the National Guard. The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, and the National Guard was established in the Militia Act of 1903.

A “well-regulated militia” was individual citizens organized for the defense of themselves and the state. The Indiana Constitution of 1851, Article 12, Section 1, says a militia “shall consist of all persons over the age of 17 years.”

David Barton says, “Since the right to self defense was an inalienable personal right, the Second Amendment simply assured each citizen that he would have the tools necessary to defend his life, family or property from aggression, whether it be from an individual or a government.”