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Letters to the editor

Powerball winner should buy locally

First of all let me congratulate Robert Kincaid on winning $1 million in the Powerball drawing with a ticket boughtat the Lassus station on Lima Road.

It is nice to hear that someone in our community won this money and can put it to good use. I fully understand that he can spend his winnings any way he chooses.

However, I, as a Fort Wayne Assembly GM-UAW autoworker along with 4,100 other UAW 2209 autoworkers at this General Motors truck plant where we build the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (both are J.D. Power and Associates award winners), that he should buy a truck made locally.

These trucks are world class in quality, durability, gas mileage, towing and class. Our UAW 2209 members and salaried co-workers support the community with donations to Make-A-Wish, United Way, Red Cross, March of Dimes, Harvest CommunityFood Bank, Associated Churches and numerous other charities and events in our community.

It upset me that one of the things that Kincaid said he wanted to do with the money was “to buy a fully loaded Toyota Tundra” (made in Texas).

Yes, I know that GM has plants in other countries that sell in the United States but at least you have a choice to buy something that is made in your community and supports your family, friends, neighbors and community.

Let us all buy American made and support our own economy.

LLOYD R. HINKLE Huntertown

Sandy Hook demolition premature

The people in the Sandy Hook school area are all clamoring to tear it down and build a new school.

Unless it is already in bad condition this seems like a terrible waste of time and money. The school did nothing to the children and should serve as a memorial to them rather than be demolished.

I sympathize with all in the community over their loss but this seems to be a knee-jerk reaction and will not change anything. They need to take a little more time to come to terms with the situation.

If we were to do this in most other cases that have occurred in universities in the country, we would be destroying a lot of educational facilities. This approach doesn’t seem like good sense to me.


SACS proposal a waste of money

I recently learned of Southwest Allen County Schools’ proposal to spend more than $30,000 on a biometric scanning system to track student lunches in the district.

As the parent of a Summit Middle School student and as a taxpayer, I am adamantly opposed to this expenditure and the system itself for numerous reasons.

Student lunch purchases are already being tracked through the use of lunch cards. I see no reason why this system needs to be changed or upgraded when the current one is already serving its intended purpose.

I also do not wish to have my child’s fingerprint on file with the school as I see this as an invasion of privacy. The opt-out provision does not reassure me. Too many parents will not pay attention to this and will unwittingly allow their children to be fingerprinted and tracked by the school district.

The proposal to further expand the program to buses and classrooms also disturbs me from a privacy and a cost standpoint.

My other objection is the cost of this program. I understand that the proposed system will be paid for through the food service fund. It seems to me that the main purpose for this fund is to provide healthful, good-tasting meals to SACS students.

In short, I think this proposed system is a redundant waste of money which will only benefit the manufacturer of the system, identiMetrics, not SACS students.


Stutzman’s decision not best for all

I was offended by the article written about Rep. Marlin Stutzman, “Stutzman reveals his mother considered aborting him” (May 9).

He told about his mother getting pregnant with him when an unmarried teenager. His mother told him she considered abortion at that time in her life.

Let me get this straight. He was born to a teen mother. He still believes any form of abortion for any reason is a sin.

Why does the condition of his birth make it the right decision for everyone else? Abortion is legal in this country. I did not and will never vote for this man.