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‘Trailer park’ talk is unneighborly

The article “Residents decry planned addition” (Aug. 16) stated that there is planned housing for 33 homes in Perry Township on East Gump Road. The homes would cost between $200,000 and $300,000.

The neighboring addition has $1 million homes already built. These neighbors are upset. In the words of Tim Gardner, they “didn’t expect to be living next to a trailer park. That’s not why we moved out here.”

I live in a mobile home-modular community. We are not far from this proposed housing. We have a neat, well-maintained modular home. Our community has a well-stocked pond and newly paved streets.

I have voted in almost every election since I was 21 years old. I am registered in a political party; I’ve served jury duty twice; I’ve never been arrested or convicted of a crime. I am a member of a major religion and been married to the same person for 41 years. I read two newspapers daily. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books, too. I read political books, religious books, historical fiction and health guides. I am currently reading the complete works of Jane Austen.

Dare I say that I am not a millionaire, and I don’t want Mr. Gardner for my neighbor, either.


Pence’s new agency another swipe at Ritz

In the 2012 election, Glenda Ritz, our elected state superintendent of education, easily defeated the incumbent, Tony Bennett, and garnered more votes than Gov. Mike Pence. Perhaps Pence was still seething over this discrepancy in votes when he created his own education fiefdom, The Center for Education and Career Innovation. Pence is a fiscal conservative, yet he felt compelled to go behind Ritz’s back to design this new state agency.

Allow Ritz to do the job she was elected to do. Ritz is more than capable of leading the Department of Education and the State Board of Education. We do not need another agency to duplicate the work.

State taxpayers should be furious with Pence’s latest power grab. The money spent on the creation of this agency would be better spent on something our public school students really need, like smaller class sizes.


Unneeded bureaucracy costing us all millions

We are inundated with bureaucracy. No wonder our state and federal budgets are deeply in debt.

Evidently we have a coordination problem with the Indiana Career Council, the Indiana Works councils, the Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education. The solution? Another agency!

The Center for Education and Career Innovation is not really a solution; it is one more step in a quagmire of regulation. It will require more state personnel, more copies of documents, more meetings, more travel expenses, more approval points and therefore more expense and delays. Let’s hope it actually does some good. Of course, the real solution is to reorganize the other agencies in such a way that they work better together and have common goals.

Then we have the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He admitted to the slaughter in 2009 at Fort Hood; there were many witnesses and no doubt of his guilt. So why did it take four years to bring him to trial? We paid his food, lodging and health bills for four years on an open-and-shut case. And why did the trial take three weeks? Why did we need to hear from 90 witnesses? We paid lawyers, jurors and a judge, not to mention many support personnel during this time. It should have been concluded by noon on the first day. Makes you wonder how much it would have cost if he had mounted a defense.

Make no mistake: You and I pay for all this unnecessary bureaucracy.