Voters can put end to assault on education
Finally, someone has responded to the state legislature that is ruining our public schools (“Time to end public-school funding games,” March 29).
As a retired Fort Wayne educator, I'm quite sure author Terry Springer has seen the decline in our schools, mostly from the legislature's taking money from public schools and transferring these funds for private and or parochial school use. I cannot understand their reasoning.
I thought that private and religious schools were supported by parents who chose to send their children there instead of to a public school. Why should the citizens of Indiana have to pay these parents with vouchers? Also, whatever happened to the separation of church and state? If they choose to opt out of a public school for their children, they should pay the cost and not the citizens of Indiana.
Furthermore, the legislature should have provided more funds for teacher increases.
With all that they are required to do, ours are still some of the lowest-paid teachers in the country. The only way this will ever change is if the citizens of this state replace those in the legislature who support funding private and religious schools in the next election.
I want to say thank you to the lady who paid for our breakfast at Rich's Cafe on April 4. It was very nice of you and God bless.
State should take pride in stand against hate
On the third day of this month, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana's first-ever hate-crimes bill into law; it will go into effect on July 1.
Before this bill, many Hoosiers had no protections against hate crimes and Indiana was one of only five states that did not have such a law.
Finally, through much debate, Hoosiers will have protections against those who commit hate crimes and judges will be able to impose harsher punishments on those who target people for their creed, disability, sexual orientation, and religion, to name a few.
The new debate has focused on what the law leaves out. The law does not explicitly label age, sex or gender identity under the traits judges may consider to impose harsher punishments.
While I am disappointed in Republicans at the Statehouse for leaving these groups out, Indiana formerly had no law protecting anyone against a hate crime – and laws can always be amended in the future.
There are also those who believe these laws are an infringement on free speech and are laws governing thought. These arguments are beyond ludicrous and do not even warrant a response.
Hoosiers should be proud that Holcomb was able to persuade and pressure Republican leaders to introduce and pass anything close to a hate-crimes bill. Everyone should feel safe in Indiana, and those who target their fellow Hoosiers on the basis of religion, race, creed or sexual orientation should receive harsher punishments and perhaps even be put on a list stating that they have committed hate crimes.
Hate should have no home in Indiana or in this country, and I could not be prouder that progress is being made here in our state.
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