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Letters

Rising home prices to boost city tax revenue

The Journal Gazette ran an article, “U.S. home prices surge 12.1%” (June 5), which stated, “U.S. home prices soared 12.1 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006, as more buyers competed for fewer homes.”

Provided this also reflects some percentage of the Fort Wayne housing market, it would seem to me that the overall assessed value of Fort Wayne homes will go up this year. This will result in fewer homes being subjected to the 1 percent tax cap and therefore result in more property tax revenue for the city.

Yet the city is still talking about a possible 0.5 percent income tax hike – purportedly due to more home values reaching the tax cap. If this tax increase happens, will city residents be getting double-dinged with taxes?

LEE MACSORLEY Hoagland

Why all the uproar over switchblades?

The Journal Gazette’s editorial department seems to be becoming increasingly conflicted on liberties and rights, decrying aspects of the Second Amendment and at the same time complaining about breaches against the First Amendment.

You can’t pick and choose: All amendments, constitutional rights and liberties are equally valid. Why would you want any of your liberties and rights curtailed at all?

So what is it about automatic knives, “Bait & switchblade” (June 7), that are so darn egregious that warrants the insinuation that the state legislators pulled the wool over our eyes and conned us into passing something that you are making out to be so dangerous? Automatic knives are no more dangerous than any other folding knife, yet there are no editorials calling those tools into question or knives in general for that matter. Just because something looks scary in a movie does not make it so.

The ban repeal was not heard in the Statehouse because of time issues the first time around. So the best way of getting the overwhelmingly supported repeal passed in the Senate was in a package bill, thus saving legislative time – and our tax dollars. It wasn’t “Bait & switchblade.” It was smart legislative action.

And as for suppressors used in hunting? Sound pollution and hearing protection come to mind, and some countries mandate their use as safety measures during hunting.

EDWIN HARRINGTON Fort Wayne

North Highlands needs sewer improvements

The North Highlands Neighborhood Association needs this sewer issue addressed.

Our residents had raw sewage flowing into their basements from the recent heavy rain.

We have asked the city to do something about this issue and have gotten the least that the city could do. Now we need a solution.

I have spoken with many of the residents, and they want a meeting with the city on what is going to be done to fix this problem.

I am calling the EPA to help us with the raw sewage issue and flooding of the residents’ homes with that sewage. Enough is enough. We need your help and not words.

JOHN MODEZJEWSKI President North Highlands Neighborhood Association

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