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Letters to the editor

Ending electronic bonds will create freer world

The immigration debate has brought the U.S.A. full circle on our fear of a closer relationship with Mexico and how we should fight poverty here at home and abroad. A recent newspaper opinion by Mark Everson, Indiana’s Commissioner of Workforce Development, (“Fixing the flaws of 1986,” June 17) suggested redirecting a portion of the $6.5 billion border security funding toward “interior efforts” to reduce the use of workers not authorized to work here through the E-Verify system. However well intentioned this is, it simply shifts the problem of poverty from one place to another, just as border enforcement simply isolates our profligate consumer economy from the desperate poor. Instead we should demand a choice to go forward with a new economic model that rapidly builds non-fossil fuel-based infrastructure into sustainable community living.

Such a massive international undertaking would provide enough jobs for all. Workers and consumers would be allowed to cross borders freely on the new systems of solar mass transit. The upswell in citizen education and participation with free access to the Internet would provide forums for resolving conflict, collective bargaining with employers, fair trade of all production, and electing leaders based on the public good rather than wealth.

People are dreaming of this model every second and slowly coming together to work toward it. Don’t be fooled by the war on terror, endless cycles of violence and the theft of our liberties to solve our problems. Today we have nothing to lose but our electronic chains. Peace and freedom to all.


IPFW hopes to foster culture of completion

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education convened on our campus June 13. The purpose was “Reaching Higher, Achieving More,” which calls for a system of higher education that is student-centered, mission-driven and workforce-aligned. Our campus was proud to host, especially since these agenda items speak to our goal in strategic planning and student success.

We agree with ICHE that a more productive higher education system will increase student success and safeguard college affordability, and that college completion and productivity must not come at the expense of academic quality. The upcoming Regional Campuses Study Committee will be an opportunity to study governance and operation of regional campuses and conduct analysis of our own management, growth, needs and plans.

We were delighted that ICHE will increase financial aid for students and the support of an Indiana-Ohio reciprocity announcement, which gives greater access and affordability to a growing population of students in the region.

It is my hope that IPFW will be the best university in Indiana for the persistence of its students with the best faculty in Indiana, evidenced by commitment to excellence in the classroom and student outcomes. By creating signature programs of scholarship support, we can facilitate the culture of completion in higher education.

We appreciate ICHE’s support of our campus and willingness to create discourse on important efforts for higher education in Indiana.

VICKY L. CARWEIN Chancellor Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Even Danish utopia has its drawbacks

I always read Leonard Goldstein’s letters. You can always learn something from someone as successful as he. But when he said we should be willing to have much higher taxes like Denmark so we could have all their free benefits (“A standard of living to which we can aspire,” June 4), it raises a few problems.

If our taxes doubled, the lifestyle of the rich would not change, but many of the rest of us would really starve.

Not everyone can make use of a free college education, so you have the less fortunate burdened by a tax they can’t afford that benefits the more fortunate.

Yes, the Danes pay twice as much for gas. But in a country so tiny and compact, they need far less so the yearly cost per person is actually less.

These are just a few of the many reasons why you have to be careful about comparisons. By the way, the Danes have found out it’s cheaper to ship dairy products from the U.S. than to buy and pay taxes on dairy farms in small, crowded Europe, so they are establishing dairy farms in the U.S. One is not far from Fort Wayne. A side benefit is the pollution problem stays in the U.S. and they can also blame us for any global warming effects.

All I am saying is don’t forget to consider there are drawbacks.


Share the walk: Aid the Red Cross

I have the privilege of being a Red Cross volunteer. It’s a very special honor to walk a few steps with the person who has just survived a disaster, the house fire down the street, the flood or the tornado in another state. He stands with the clothes he escaped in. He expresses gratitude to me for coming while my heart bursts with the beautiful gift he gives me, allowing me to share this moment in his life.

The Red Cross trains us and sends us out with the tools needed for many diverse functions: serving food out of those red and white trucks, dispensing critical supplies, caring for medical and mental needs, helping replace medications and medical equipment, client case work and many areas of the management of the operation. We are transported, well fed and sheltered at no personal cost.

The purpose of this letter is twofold: 1. to invite and encourage you to join us. About four classes gets you qualified; and 2. to ask you to treat yourself to de-cluttering your life.

Our shelves and closets are sagging with clothing and household goods we will never use or need. The family who just had a house fire or other disaster has nothing and needs everything.

Your donation to our local agencies makes you an active participant in disaster relief and, you too, will have that joy of sharing the walk.


Indiana Tech law school adheres to all standards

On June 16, The Journal Gazette ran a story about the struggle to find jobs for all of the law graduates who seek them. The story noted that the new Indiana Tech Law School will train law students differently to make them more attractive to employers.

The story missed the mark, however, with Kendallville attorney Mike Yoder’s sentiment that law schools are inexpensive to operate. The words used indicated that all that is necessary to run a law school are “a few open classrooms, the Internet and local attorneys willing to teach part time.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Indiana Tech has invested more than $20 million in support of its law school, and many more dollars will be invested to ensure the success of this new program. American Bar Association accreditation standards require that a law school have adequate physical facilities. The standards also require that the full-time faculty teach “the major portion of the law school’s curriculum.” Finally, the standards have specific requirements for libraries, including study and research space, adequate technology and sufficient space to “accommodate the law library’s services, collections, staff, operations and equipment.”

Comments such as those attributed to Yoder unfairly cast doubt on Indiana Tech’s effort to transform the ways in which new lawyers are trained. We believe there is a better way to train the next generation of legal professionals. We are convinced that our efforts will benefit not only our law graduates and Indiana Tech, but also the northeast Indiana region that many of our grads will serve as well as the countless future clients who will benefit from their unique training.

ARTHUR E. SNYDER President Indiana Tech

Sculpture collapse blessing in disguise

Regarding Sunday’s accident involving the Helmholtz sculpture:

This is the first time I’ve ever rejoiced at the news of an alleged drunk driving accident. I think June 16 should henceforth be known as “Colton Adamonis Day” in honor of this achievement.