Morris misguided on city budget funds
State Rep. Bob Morris thinks there is something wrong with the way the city of Fort Wayne used a public safety tax.
Public safety local option income tax money was used in the public safety budgets and prevented cuts and layoffs. This, of course, freed up some property tax money, which was used for other needs such as roads and parks.
By some strange logic, Morris thinks this was somehow bad and proposed an amendment at the Legislature to address this. The amendment was not even called up for a vote, so his misbegotten idea never went anywhere.
Morris did not contact the city controller or any member of City Council to obtain even a minimum understanding about the preparation of the city budget. Based on hearsay and ignorance, he proposed legislation. One should always get complete information and hear all sides of an issue before forming conclusions and certainly before launching into possible legislation.
The City Council and the administration spent more than a year studying every possibility to adequately fund public safety and other critical city needs in the face of looming budget deficits caused by the passage of the circuit breakers by the legislature. The public safety LOIT was properly used for its planned purpose to prevent layoffs and allow a new police academy and fire academy.
JOHN CRAWFORD Fort Wayne City Council, at-large
First District has plenty to contribute to county
As a child, I had always been instructed to study hard. As an adult, I am expected to work hard, earn a living and have a good life. Even though I have always painted within the lines on life’s canvas, I fight every day to hold on to what was once known as the American dream. Extreme representatives have created a pressing glass ceiling, one that leaves hardworking Americans finding themselves stuck in the middle. It’s time we elect candidates who respect and represent the colors of life.
I am running for Allen County Council 1st District because I believe our district is uniquely positioned for economic development and growth. The First District has the components needed to contribute to the fiscal strength of Allen County – infrastructure, land and human resources. With your support in the November election, together we can build a community our children will be proud of, one that represents every shade of life.
SHARON TUCKER Candidate for County Council 1st District
Photo sends dangerous message about guns
Are you serious? I just opened my morning paper (March 7) and the first thing I saw was three laughing adult males: one holding a gun, seemingly pointed at another man, who also appears to be having a great time.
While I know the story, to show a picture like this in a newspaper, or anywhere, for that matter, goes against one of the basic rules of gun safety. If there is going to be any hope of ever teaching children that guns are not toys, you might want to start by not showing them adults who still think they are. I hope whoever made the decision to print this front-page picture will pay more attention the next time to the message that is being sent, possibly to those not old enough to read yet.
SANDY HON Fort Wayne