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Letters to the editor

ACA is a worthy experiment

Most Americans have been touched by Malala Yousafzai’s courageous battle to help all children get good educations. At the young age of 16, she already knows that a good education provides opportunities that would otherwise never exist.

The key to freedom is seeking the truth. Our democratic republic exists only because well-educated founders realized that governing a nation required skillful, talented and educated leaders who were willing to work together to develop programs beneficial to the majority.

Currently an assault is raging over the Affordable Care Act, a form of national health care already adopted in several other countries – Canada, England, Denmark and Norway, to name a few. Their total annual health care costs average 7 percent to 9 percent per family. In America, it is currently a little over 15 percent. Yet those other countries have lower death rates than America.

The Affordable Care Act is new and untried. It will undoubtedly need tweaking over time. But it could turn out to be the best system ever devised for improving the health of most Americans. We should at least try it.


True leadership in short supply

I am a proud member of the GOP (I don’t think I could ever agree with most liberal positions on issues), but after reading “Education policy struggle escalates (Oct. 19),” I can’t help but compare the actions of Indiana’s GOP leadership and the minority Democratic leadership with the behavior of the leaders of both political parties in Washington, D.C.

Sen. David Long, Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov. Mike Pence need to realize Glenda Ritz won the election; get over it! Indiana Democratic House and Senate leaders need to forget Tony Bennett; he lost the election! Get on with the business of the people of Indiana.

What will it take for the voters in Indiana and in the United States to do something about the predominance of partisan, reckless spending and self-absorbed politicians who are masquerading as our leaders?


Camp Logan celebrates 85 years

When I was growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, the most important part of summer was Girl Scout camp. For two wonderful weeks each summer, my sister and I would return to Camp Ella J. Logan on Dewert Lake. We would meet lifelong friends, swim, camp and grow in diversity, fair play, communication and practical skills that would serve us well in our adult years.

For many women today, the words “Girl Scout camp,” “Ella J” or “Logan” bring back memories that are hard to put into words.

Camp Ella J. Logan turns 85 years old this year. The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana Council is celebrating with lunch, camp tours and a sing-along from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9. All are welcome. The cost of $20 will go toward camp improvements.

Reservations may be made by calling Leslie at the Girl Scout office at 1-800-283-4812, ext. 144.


Paper canít recognize principles

The Journal Gazette recently opined on the passage of the stopgap spending bill that reopened the federal government (“Call him irresponsible,” Oct. 18). The newspaper praised Sens. Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats for voting for a fat-laden spending bill and increasing the debt limit. It also castigated Rep. Marlin Stutzman for voting against this bill. I think The Journal Gazette has lost any ability to determine what is principled.

The bill that passed included $2.9 billion for the Olmstead Lock & Dam Project in Sen. Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky. This is a 140 percent increase on a decades-old failed project that even Sen. John McCain disliked, saying, “these people are like alcoholics.” This earmark joins the ranks of other famous pork projects from Obamacare. Stutzman took a principled stand against government overreach and an out-of-control-spending Congress that will not include its members and the president in health care mandates and penalties.

I guess the Potomac stench floats all the way to the editorial board of the Journal Gazette, and its Wonderland attitude of up being down and right being wrong pervades the keyboards and laptops on Main Street.