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Letters

QR codes could aid in keeping public informed

ARCH’s idea to put quick read, or QR, code signs on historic markers is a great idea. This is probably the quickest and easiest way to access general public service information.

I would like to see the city take advantage of this communication tool. It could be especially helpful as we begin repairing an unprecedented number of streets over the next several years. The recent income tax increase finally allows us to catch up on many long-overdue improvements people have been asking for.

As work begins, the city will post signs identifying the various construction zones. As the signs go up, QRs can be incorporated to provide more detail on the project’s scope and time frame. QRs can also be changed to update information.

This technology will also allow other temporary signs posted by the city’s Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, for example, to contain more detailed information about the changes being requested.

All public parks and city facilities could display QRs. For instance, if they were posted on Citizens Square, people would know which offices are housed there, hopefully avoiding the frustration of a wasted trip.

QRs could be placed on city vehicles to tell people what a city department does when they see a city service truck or neighborhood code car on their street.

I would like to see all units of local government using this tool to better inform the public of their services.

Keeping citizens informed of government programs and projects is a high priority. If QRs and smartphones expedite this responsibility, then let’s buy this fast and low-cost method to share and link to more information.

I don’t how long this current digital technology will serve, but as a city we’ve got to be ready to quickly adopt the next generation of information-sharing systems that are surely just around the corner.

TOM SMITH 1st District Councilman

Demand lawmakers pass Common Core withdrawal

Under the questionable leadership of former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett, Indiana was duped into adopting the national Common Core State Standards. The program itself is a misnomer, as it is not a state program at all but a coordinated effort to standardize curriculum throughout the United States. Common Core would lower standards for math and English education such that future 10th-grade students will be expected to reach skill levels currently attained by eighth- graders in Indiana. This curriculum standard would be forced onto religious and private schools as well as home school students. Common Core wishes to achieve educational equality by weighing the top students down.

Sen. Scott Schneider of Indianapolis introduced legislation in the last session that would have removed Indiana from Common Core. His original bill emerged as a one-year halt in implementation of Common Core to allow for additional study and public comment. The major problem with this law is that it does not stop Common Core implementation.

This leaves Hoosiers with no other choice but to demand that their legislators pass a law that would withdraw Indiana from Common Core.

JASON ARP Fort Wayne

An education for lawmakers

Those who can, teach.

Those who cannot pass laws about teaching.

CEPHAS WILLIAMSON Fort Wayne

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