Meth measures make a difference
Anyone who cares about Indiana should be disappointed to see that the state is now No. 1 in the country for meth lab busts. Meth abuse is clearly still a problem that needs to be addressed. But it’s also important not to draw the wrong conclusions from these numbers.
In my opinion, it should not be surprising that Indiana’s relatively new electronic blocking system is helping law enforcement officials uncover more meth labs. After all, that’s exactly what the system is designed to do. Surely we can do better, and the legislature should pass measures that make our blocking system stop and catch more criminals.
But I firmly reject the notion that rising meth lab numbers mean we need to pass legislation that affects all Hoosiers. A prescription requirement, for instance, would make basic health care more expensive for thousands of law-abiding citizens as well as contribute to lost productivity for businesses and decreased tax revenue for the state as a whole.
With the spring allergy season already upon us, we don’t need to be making it more difficult for families to get the basic medicines they depend on. There’s no question we have a lot of work to do to end the meth problem, but let’s adopt smart policies, not extreme measures.
MATTHEW BOYD Wolf Lake
A contributor to state’s brain drain
After reading of the skepticism of Keith Baugues of IDEM’s Office of Air Quality on global climate change (April 6), I began whistling the tune from The Wizard of Oz, If I Only Had a Brain.
Baugues is entitled to his opinion, but he and those who appointed him should consider the damage they are doing to our state – on two fronts: Reducing Indiana’s brain drain whereby we educate, then lose to other states, our best and our brightest young people; and undermining state workers who have suffered cutbacks and embarrassment but still attempt to fulfill the mission protecting our health and environment.
Clearly, Baugues is parroting the ideology of his boss’ denial of global change science. My question is at what point will they realize they are increasing the brain drain rather than decreasing it?
Just what are our young scholars supposed to think when their older peers are embarrassed yet they are asked to remain in a state whose leadership seems to propagate the idea it is OK to be near the bottom on environmental protection and education while our top ranking is for meth labs, smoking and obesity? Go figure.
MARC L. LAME Bloomington
Don’t bother running for Congress
I would like to make a suggestion to anyone considering a run for Congress. Save your money, time and energy for some meaningful pursuit such as gardening. In the latest State of the Union speech, our president said he had a pen and the power of executive order, so never fear, he’d get his plans passed as he wished. Surprisingly, many in Congress stood and cheered. Obviously they did not understand that the president had just declared them irrelevant. His pen, his power – not Congress – would be the source of legislation.
So, except for the amazing perks of office, candidates have no reason to put themselves and their entire pasts under media scrutiny. Gardening actually has a purpose.
RANDALL RUSK SR. Fort Wayne
Weak Democrats embolden enemies
Human nature never has and never will change. We ignore that at our own peril because there are two undeniable facts of life we must not forget. Number one: If your potential adversaries don’t like or respect you, then you’d better hope they fear you. Number two: In any disagreement or conflict, if one party is willing to use force and the other isn’t, the one willing to use force almost always wins.
Coming right after eight years of Bill Clinton, we had 9/11. Going into the sixth year of Barack Obama, the Russian bear has roused from its slumber and, after its incursion into Georgia, has forcibly taken over Ukrainian territory, and now has its eye on other sovereign Eastern European countries as well. Coincidence?
KEN SELKING Decatur