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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am


Young state's point man to battle robocalling

Hoosiers received a mind-boggling 77 million robocalls in June, nearly a dozen for every resident. Surprisingly, there are a number of well-known corporations and lawmakers who wouldn't mind seeing the floodgates open to even more unwanted robocalls.

Wall Street banks, student loan servicers, retailers and their D.C. lobbyists have written the Federal Communications Commission, urging an overhaul of the most vital consumer protections from robocalls found in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The act, passed in 1991, prohibits calls to cellphones using automated dialing systems without consent and allows consumers to revoke consent to receive these autodialed calls.

The robocalling industry hopes to gut the prohibition against autodialed calls and texts to cellphones without the consumer's consent and strip consumers of our right to tell robocallers to stop calling.

If the FCC gives in to their demands, robocall volumes will skyrocket and we'll be powerless to stop them.

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC, Sen. Todd Young is uniquely positioned to go to bat for us. He and his colleagues must insist that the FCC maintain strong rules to keep robocallers at bay.

Kerwin Olson


Tritch shows commitment to entire constituency

The Sept. 4 article containing Rep. Jim Banks' campaign's response to Courtney Tritch's campaign fundraiser at the After Dark night club frustrated and angered me with the insinuation that attending a drag show is inherently wrong.

Drag shows are not “charades.” They are a celebration of identity and freedom. Perhaps unbeknownst to Banks, drag queens spurred the gay rights movement in the United States during the Stonewall Riots of the late 1960s – a rights movement that continues strong today as I write this letter explaining why it is wrong to subtly condemn a drag show as wrong.

As a gay man, I commend Tritch on such a creative effort to bolster her voter engagement and fundraising efforts. It shows she is actively engaged in the reality that is northeastern Indiana: we are all human beings from different backgrounds with varied interests and means of expressing our identity.

This is our reality, and ignoring or trying to label it as anything but normal harms not only members of marginalized communities but our region as well.

What we need now more than ever in Washington, D.C., is a representative who will stick up for all Americans against forces that seek to undermine our freedoms. We need someone with a proven track record of victories and a tenacity for fighting for what is right.

I think we all know who that is, and I hope she's ready to fight for all of us.

Lauro Zuņiga


Tucker proves worth on County Council

When I was deciding whether to run for office, I met with Sharon Tucker. As the first African-American woman and sole Democrat serving on County Council (District 1), I knew Sharon would have some invaluable insights for me into what it takes to run for office.

Boy, I was right! She's been my mentor ever since.

I appreciate her candor and realism, and it's no surprise those qualities lend her significant bipartisan support. She's a respected presence on County Council and prides herself on being the most conservative.

We need more elected officials with her discernment and character.

Sharon's an invaluable member of our community, and we're lucky to have her representing District 1 in Allen County.

Melissa Rinehart

Fort Wayne