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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

CHEERS to the young gal who gave us four $1 TinCaps bills to use at the game on July 20. We were/are thankful to her and appreciate her thinking of us. It completed our evening!

MARILYN KIESS and ANITA SPIEGEL

Decatur

 

Water quality a resource we all can improve

August is Water Quality Month. What's on tap? A reminder to celebrate Indiana's bounty of rivers, lakes and streams. They support a billion-dollar recreational economy and are central to our health, industry and agriculture.

The picture isn't all clean and refreshing, though. Raw sewage pollutes 7,000 miles of Indiana's streams and rivers. Some 80 percent of Indiana water utilities say water pollution affects their ability to deliver the quality and quantity of water they need. And while Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota have significantly invested in understanding, protecting and governing their surface and ground waters, Indiana has not.

A national survey published in June found that 87 percent of American consumers believe “clean water is the most essential natural resource – more than clean air,” and 61 percent believe that “water issues are a major problem or a crisis in the U.S.”

It's clear – those who depend on Indiana's ground and surface water (that's all of us) should take steps to better understand its importance to our public health, ecology and quality of life. A study funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust underscored the centrality of water to Indiana's economy, public health and quality of life. Building on a 2014 report by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the study calls for active stewardship of our water resources, starting with better monitoring of freshwater systems and cleanup of polluted waterways.

How to observe Water Quality Month? Visit the #WQM17 Facebook page. Paddle down a favorite stream. Pick up after pets. Gather friends to clean up a littered waterway. Let your state representative or state senator know that water quality is important to you.

This August, and year-round, let's vow not to take Indiana's bountiful fresh waters for granted. Let's enjoy them, appreciate their importance to our lives and work to keep them clean and accessible.

W. William Weeks

Director, Conservation Law Center

Jeffrey White

Professor and director,Integrated Program in the Environment

Indiana University

 

Federal aid enslavement

Let me make this one this very clear: It was never the government's duty to provide us with health care or demand we buy insurance. They are to provide help to the very poor and needy, but we were to be self-sufficient, not government-dependent. Actually, your request if you need temporary help should be as follows: first ask family, second ask friends, third ask your local church, and as a last resort ask help from the government and only for the shortest time possible, just to get yourself back on your feet. Remember, once you start depending on the government for your living, they have control of you and want to nose into your financial records, control how much you can have, how much you can buy, which doctor you can see, sometimes even the places you live. Basically you are enslaved by them.

Richard W. Burridge

Fort Wayne

 

CHEERS to four cars of nice people ahead of us in line at the McDonald's on South Anthony recently. Each person paid for the next car in line, so we carried it forward to the car behind us. What a delightful line of fun. Thank you to the white van ahead of us, such a nice surprise.

Patrice Melcher

Fort Wayne