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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

Indiana Wesleyan welcomes former ITT students

At Indiana Wesleyan University, we are proud that since 1985 – when we launched Leadership Education for Adult Professionals – we have been a leader in providing college courses geared toward working adults.

When ITT Technical Institute abruptly closed in September, many students were left wondering how they would finish their degrees. A Journal Gazette story recently told how regional colleges and universities stepped up to help students at ITT and other for-profit institutions that closed or were shut down last fall.

Indiana Wesleyan University, which opened its education center in Fort Wayne in 1994, was among the first accredited, non-profit universities to reach out to these displaced students. We welcomed these students and invited them to contact us to have their transcripts officially evaluated. We attended informational events in Fort Wayne geared toward displaced ITT students, and we offered an attractive transfer policy, which remains in effect.

ITT students may be able to transfer up to 90 credit hours earned at a grade of C or higher. In addition, some students qualify for a scholarship that takes 10 percent off the price of tuition. We have had 51 adult students  successfully transfer into IWU's programs.

We have more than 10,000 adult students attending classes online or at one of IWU's 15 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. We have more than 80 online and on-site degree programs – with business and nursing programs being among the most popular in Fort Wayne.

We welcome all ITT Tech students still interested in completing their degrees to know we will work with them so they don't have to abandon their dream.

Jerry Shepherd

Associate vice president, Adult Enrollment Services

Indiana Wesleyan University

Promoting overdoses

Why are we seeing so many overdoses in Fort Wayne and Allen County? Is it free needles from the Allen County Board of Health? Free, clean needles to drug addicts only promotes overdoses, and it's like giving a kid a loaded handgun. If a drug addict gets free needles, are those free needles evidence against them in court since the county is the provider?

Harold Luttman

Fort Wayne

Government getting away with legalized fraud

We in Steuben County have received new property assessments. Mine was higher than I thought it should be, so I contacted the county assessor's office. They informed me I could challenge the assessment and sent the paperwork  to do so. When I received the packet, there was a note that my property has been assessed at the wrong value for the past eight years. This was changed, and my taxes went down by more than $100.

I asked how I could get my money back for the eight years I overpaid thanks to the government's error. I was told I could only get three years back due to state law. I would like to know who is accountable, so I can sue to get my money back. I believe this is theft by government. This is the definition of a tyrannical government that has no accountability. The IRS can come after me seven years later if I screwed up, and they charge me interest. When they screw up, all I get is less than half my money and the runaround.

If I screw up on my taxes it is fraud, but if the government screws up it is a mistake and I am left to foot the bill. If I deduct off next year's taxes the $500 that was stolen from me, the government then will steal and sell my property. This is morally and logically wrong. 

Since it is in our state constitution that property taxes can be no more than 1 percent of assessed value, my constitutional rights have been violated. I believe government officials have forgotten who their boss is, the taxpayers who elected them. It is time citizens stand up and fight this huge bureaucracy that has forgotten its proper role. 

I urge all citizens to review their taxes and where that money goes. Pay attention to the violations of your freedoms by all levels of government and put government back in its place. Contact your representatives. The larger and more powerful government gets, the smaller our freedoms and rights become. We are not only paying for this to happen with our tax money, but we are paying for it with our children's and grandchildren's liberty.

Nathan Shamp

Angola