Currency manipulation is costing us jobs
Wall Street seems to be doing just fine in 2014, but how about Main Street? Not so hot: If our annual trade deficit is any indication – $456 billion last year – it’s not easy to be a manufacturer in America these days. It’s hard to create jobs if America is shipping all of its wealth overseas.
But there’s a way we can bring that trade deficit down, and the budget deficit too. We can fight currency manipulation, which countries use to keep American goods pricey and their own dirt cheap. A new report from the Economic Policy Institute says we could cut the budget deficit by $266 billion and create 152,600 jobs in Indiana (with 20,800 of them in northeast Indiana) by 2015 if we ended currency manipulation.
There’s a bill in Congress right now called HR 1276, the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, that would take currency manipulators to task, and it needs more signatures. Rep. Marlin Stutzman hasn’t added his signature yet. Last session he co-sponsored the same bill. What’s the holdup this year?
If we take currency manipulation seriously, we can get our fiscal house in order and create a lot of new jobs in Indiana.
RACHEL BENNETT STEURY Alliance for American Manufacturing Auburn
Teen’s traffic death should awaken us all
Another Hoosier child has been taken from us. Haley Nellum, 17, was killed when, after hours of alcohol consumption at Corner Pocket Pub, two men shot at each other, fled the scene and one collided with her. I believe that while the family, schoolmates and friends grieve, it’s time for the community to change this, for this is too high a price to pay.
I ask the Corner Pocket to shut down until it can assert people are not entering without weapons. I ask Fort Wayne Police Department to inspect the staff to ensure proper licensing was in place at time of the incident, and I ask the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to please review the security measures at the facility. Fort Wayne media, please share what BAC the drivers were driving under.
Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department, please consider responding to this location’s complaint as a critical violation of the establishment and begin your process of ensuring all food and drink (including alcohol) specific to this establishment is reviewed and any imminent health hazard is removed.
BRIAN THORNTON Fort Wayne
GOP women offer unique set of talents
Women in office provide a special perspective on complex issues. They tackle difficult problems and exhibit leadership skills that help them find common-sense solutions. Many women take office with the experience of balancing work and home life, and they use their talents in multitasking for the good of their constituents. They often empathize with bill-payers, mothers and educators.
I’m a Republican because I believe the Grand Old Party continues to champion principles important to women. From believing that government should be limited and people should keep more of their hard-earned money to believing in local control of education, the Republican Party stands for us. These values also help our families, neighbors and communities.
This election season, learn about the Republican Party’s principles and how they help Hoosier women. I also urge you to learn about the women candidates on your ballot. See how their experience, education and qualifications fit the office they are seeking. Then in the May primary, and again in November, exercise your right to vote as women’s history continues to be written.
ANNIE ECKRICH Fort Wayne