Coats’ non-answer speaks volumes
I recently sent a letter to Dan Coats to ask him to look into the recently proposed Partnership to Build America Act of 2013. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., had introduced a bill that would establish an American Infrastructure Fund that would provide revenue-neutral bonds to build out our aging infrastructure.
I wanted Coats to look into why or why not he would support the idea. Coats sits on the Senate Science, Transportation, and Commerce Committee.
His response via e-mail :
I am working with my Senate colleagues to find a long-term solution that will adequately fund our national infrastructure while not overburdening the American taxpayer. SHOULD this legislation come before me in the Senate, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
The real message was:
I will decide whether I support this idea or I will let you know (time unspecified) if and when I will look into this. I am, after all, a well-paid senator and certainly know what is good for you.
Your inquiry has been round filed, never to be considered again.
The killer final response: do not hesitate to keep in touch on matters of concern to you.
Dear Do Nothing:
Hope you enjoy the petrale sole with capers in the Senate private dining room (I am told it is excellent), followed by the much-deserved soak and steam in the Senate workout club. After all, it’s on me. Your hard tireless work on my behalf is appreciated. Thank you so much for the recent and informative response to my inquiry. Thanks again for all you do.
ROBERT S. PETERSON Fort Wayne
Newspaper’s standards reach a new low
It’s absolutely ridiculous that a newspaper would use such crass language on their opinion page. I’m speaking of the Dec. 21 Furthermore entitled Everything still ducky for freedom of speech. The Journal Gazette should be held to a higher standard. Classless.
NICOLE KNOTH Fort Wayne
HJR 6 would hasten erosion of our liberties
In January, state lawmakers will gather to consider legislation that will destroy Hoosier families and send the message that our state is an unwelcoming place to live, study and work.
HJR 6 is a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently define marriage (which is already defined as between one man and one woman under state law) and make it impossible for same-sex and unmarried couples ever to receive any protections. My son, Matthew, is gay. I cannot bear the thought that this amendment will make his life more difficult. It makes me sad to know that if HJR 6 passes, it will send the message to LGBT Hoosiers that they are second-class citizens.
HJR 6 touches everyone who shares a commitment to Indiana’s future and the well-being of all who choose to call our state home. That’s why parents like me have been working with Freedom Indiana, the statewide organization fighting the amendment, to spread the word that HJR 6 is bad law and Hoosiers should fight its passage.
As a mom and a volunteer, I made a vow that I would do everything in my power to stop this amendment from getting voted into the Indiana Constitution, and I hope you share that commitment. This holiday season, as you gather with friends and family, remember that this debate is about more than protections for same-sex couples: It’s about justice for all.
ANNETTE GROSS PFLAG statewide coordinator