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Letters

Stutzman willing to see poor children go hungry

In the recent Congressional debate about the farm bill, Republicans proposed slashing $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years.

Some holier-than-thou advocates for children call this cruel. Luckily, Rep. Marlin Stutzman sees that the only problem with these cuts is that they don’t go far enough. He suggested upping the amount to $30 billion.

You can guess what the reality-based crowd will say to this. They’ll point out Stutzman has taken more than $200,000 from the government for his own farming operations over the past 15 years. They’ll remind us Stutzman has claimed he was forced to take these government handouts when, in fact, he wasn’t. They might even use the word “hypocrite” to describe Stutzman.

All of us in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District should be thankful that when not being frog-marched to the bank by government thugs and forced to cash those five-digit checks he didn’t even ask for, Stutzman has devoted time to sorting out the real culprits behind our economic woes: hungry kids.

TED REMINGTON Fort Wayne

Wildcat Baseball vital part of summer

No, it is not the TinCaps or the Little League. It is Wildcat Baseball Summer Training Camp for Fort Wayne youth.

More than 50 years ago, Dale W. McMillen had a vision and offered the Fort Wayne youth the opportunity to learn the basic skills of baseball. This summer activity has continued with the support of the McMillen family.

I have three second-generation Wildcatters playing at St. Joe diamonds this year. Each plays in a separate division, so I spend a lot of time at the ballpark, just as other parents and grandparents do.

Don’t use Wildcat as a babysitting summer process. Support your youth and stay at the ballpark and cheer them on.

JOHN D. HANNIGAN Fort Wayne

Nation’s racial problems take constant vigilance

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, claiming that we live in a “post racial” society, they pointed to the election of Barack Obama as proof. Conservative pundits asked of us: What could possibly be left to do, in this brave new world of racial harmony?

Well, in 2013 alone, 81 laws in 31 states have been introduced to suppress the ability of people to vote.

Here in northeast Indiana, a small community festival chose to include a Confederate symbol, offensive to African Americans, in its promotional material.

Now, in probably the most astonishing verdict to be handed down since the acquittals in the famous murder trials of the civil rights era, a grown man in Sanford, Fla., has been set free after gunning down a black teenager.

So, in answer to the pundit’s question: As a white man living in today’s America, I would ask for a country in which an angry man cannot shoot and kill a black child, who is just walking home from the store, minding his own business.

I would ask that we understand that freedom of all kinds, including freedom from racial prejudice, requires eternal vigilance.

RANDY SCHMIDT Fort Wayne

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