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Letters

Tennis facility threatens peace of neighbors

This is in reference to the tennis facilities being constructed for Homestead High School on the east side of Homestead Road, south of Summit Middle School, including tennis courts and the impending clubhouse.

I have trouble reconciling the expenditure of $1.1 million with the wish to memorialize the death of a teacher and coach. I have difficulty giving up green space to an endeavor of that proportion.

We all lose beloveds and wish to preserve and cherish the memories of those who have gone before. I did not know Jim Clark personally; however, I do respect the time and attention he gave his students and his tennis teams. I do not wish to detract from that.

I have lived in this community for 50 years and taught in this corporation for 27 years. I have taught with many wonderful people, now deceased. They are honored by the students who remember lessons taught and exemplary conduct exhibited. Establishing scholarships to honor would be a wonderful way to memorialize.

Those of us who live in close proximity wish to have the conditions maintained, agreed upon by a prior legal agreement. No lights and no public address system were to be added. We also desire to be assured that runoff will be managed so as not to inundate our neighborhood.

One might think it would be in the best interest of taxpayers to have been informed of the project before those machines started rolling. There was, to my knowledge, no written notice that this project was to take place. The first written information appeared in the newspaper “Aboite and About” on the Saturday after digging began.

The environment of that area does not end with the fence. Lights, sound and water go beyond the fence.

V. MARCEIL POOR Fort Wayne

City does poor job of asphalt maintenance

All of the streets done in Fort Wayne will crack within a year. Quality asphalt sealer must be applied, not crack filler, as you never know where they may crack, and even when they do, use a sealer first anyway.

I know, having been with a worldwide corporation for 34 years.

JOE SABLIC Fort Wayne

Workers’ status is employers’ burden

Very rarely does a newspaper article anger me. I have a few questions for the people quoted in “Area’s undocumented workers discussed” (Aug. 29)

Is Angola Police Chief Stuart Hamblen actually refusing to enforce state law? Did he not take an oath to uphold all laws and not just the ones he likes? This isn’t an argument that discretion should never be used in law enforcement, but blatantly ignoring a law in all circumstances isn’t the right answer either.

Does John Metzger (a farmer) think he deserves to stay in business if a federal investigation finds illegal immigrants on his payroll?

Why would half of the workforce of factory owner Barry Sharp be so fearful of an investigation of Social Security numbers that they would quit a job during these poor economic times? Why should anyone, especially anyone unemployed, feel sympathy for him because his production levels plunged as a result of this mass exodus?

It is a fairly simple process to determine whether a worker is a legal citizen. Employers have a moral obligation to be diligent in their hiring practices. Neither employer mentioned in this article would have any worries about this issue if they confirmed that their employees were legal citizens.

THOMAS UTLEY Fort Wayne

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