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Letters to the editor

County Line Road needs attention

What in the world is the plan for County Line Road between Illinois Road and U.S. 30?

There is a huge volume of commuter traffic on this road every day. It is barely two lanes, domed, haphazardly plowed, drifted shut, flooded and treacherous in the dark morning hours. Is Allen County or Whitley County responsible for maintenance?

In the meantime, new housing developments being built along this road put more traffic on it daily.

Let’s not forget the trains that slowly lumber, switch tracks and even stop, causing long lines of traffic to make three-point turns and find an alternate route, which are limited.

In the last few months, I have encountered sizeable trucks not meant for this type of road. On a recent trip north on State Route 9 from Huntington to Columbia City, I saw a new road sign that instructed 18-wheel semi trucks to turn right on State Route 14 to get to the steel mill.

Maybe they intended the large trucks to travel all the way to I-69 north to U.S. 30 west, but the reality is that the 18-wheelers full of steel are using County Line Road.

Which county engineering department is going to work up a new plan for this road or take the responsibility when there is a serious accident?

KIM GROSS Fort Wayne

Because of Obama, I have insurance

OK, I admit it – I voted for Barack Obama not once but twice. There, I said it. Whatever! I am just as disappointed in him as the next guy, but I will say one thing in his defense. Thanks to him, I now have health insurance.

I lost my job as a registered nurse last December because I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and have to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. With that, I also lost my health insurance.

I looked into private insurance but was definitely in for a rude awakening. None of the companies could turn me down because of my pre-existing disease (thanks to Obama), but they could only offer plans (that actually cover what I would need) that would cost me between $600 and $800 a month, depending on the deductible. I can’t afford to pay that, especially now that I find myself on a fixed income!

So I reluctantly looked into Obamacare and am happy to say that I am now insured with as good a plan as I had when I was working but with a much lower deductible. And because I now make less than $40,000 a year, I qualify for assistance, so I am only paying $221 a month. And I get to keep the same doctors.

I know most of you don’t want to hear this, but without Obamacare, I would be one of the uninsured whom nobody wants to treat. He may not be the best president, but at least he put something out there for people like me.


Divorce is the real marriage threat

This is in response to Ken Selking’s letter published March 13 (“Marriage vote delayed; society’s end hastened”). I don’t believe gay marriage will be the end of the nuclear family as we know it. The nuclear family has already been bombed – by divorce.

I can’t quote national statistics on the divorce rate, but I can quote you familial stats. I’m one of five children. All have been married. Four out of five have been divorced. Three out of five have been married twice. And two of those divorces have involved children.

Even among my own family, my children don’t have the same experiences their peers have – things like stepparents, having to visit a parent every other weekend, or single parents. My kids seem like the exception these days, not the rule.

So, society has had to adjust to embrace these not-so-nuclear families long before the subject of gay marriage ever came up. If the institution of marriage has been weakened or destroyed, it’s because of divorce – and divorce has been around a long time; it’s just lost the cloud of stigma that accompanied it.

To paraphrase something I remember from my wedding vows, whatever happened to “what God has joined together, let no man put asunder?” I’m not against divorce per se (two of the four divorces in my family involved abuse and extreme cruelty), I just find it hypocritical that many people (especially legislators) who use the sanctity-of-marriage-and-the-family argument against gay marriage have been through one or more divorces, already subverting the notion of the “nuclear family, which had existed since the dawn of human history.”