The Journal Gazette
Sunday, July 18, 2021 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Regulations assure people's protection

Thank you to state Rep. Martin Carbaugh for his article, “Region's reps stand firm against liberal assault (July 4).”

Not just Democrats but common sense Republicans and independents should find the gentleman's arguments one-sided and lacking historical perspective. His central point seems to be that all regulations are bad.

As I write, officials in Surfside, Florida, have given up hope of finding survivors in the condo collapse. Nearly 100 lives were lost. Does the representative advise even less regulation of building codes?

 Regulations can make sure products meet minimal standards of health and safety.

One more example since the representative cited “tens of millions of dollars in regulatory burdens” associated with Obamacare: Remember insurance companies finding every creative reason not to cover a drug or procedure? Recall them turning down people who needed health insurance because they had been sick? The Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama went a long way toward eliminating such abuses while making health care plans more readily available to the uninsured.

Lastly, many business people are honest and hard-working and consistently deal with their customers and employees in ways that promote health and safety. If their competitors have few if any restrictions on the ways they conduct business, the decent employers are put at a competitive disadvantage. This should not be.

I wonder whether Carbaugh – and by extension U.S. Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young and Rep. Jim Banks – has ever met a regulation he liked?

Dave Bell

Columbia City

Lawmaker deceptively claims credit for cash

I have a question for Rep. Dan Leonard: Did Indiana receive any funds from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan?

I inquire because his recent mailing infers that he brought funding back to his district for, for example, “...expanding broadband access.” He failed to mention the boost to funding came directly from this act.

As stated on our state's web page: “... funds must be appropriated by the fiscal body before use in accordance with the Section 603, the ordinance,... (D)to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.”

So, how much of Indiana's funding did Leonard secure from an action that was opposed by every Republican member in Congress? Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun, no and no; Rep. Jim Banks, no.

This funding is providing vast numbers of Americans the lifeline needed, yet the tone of Leonard's mailing is deceptive as to those needs.

The time has come for accountability from Leonard. Did Huntington receive American Rescue Plan funding? If so, how much did he secure from Biden's American Rescue Plan?

Allow the numbers to speak: American Rescue Plan dollars, Huntington County, $7 million; Huntington City, $3.75 million; Huntington County Schools, $5.8 million. Every single Republican in Congress voted no on the money cited in Leonard's mailing, touted as his efforts.

No Republican voted to send this money to our state; Biden and Democrats provided these extra dollars. The full truth matters, Mr. Leonard.

Joyce Bentz


Tax breaks for Amazon an insult to city

The Fort Wayne City Council should vote to deny tax abatement for the Amazon fulfillment center along U.S. 30.

Amazon is one of the wealthiest companies in the U.S. and the whole world. The residents and businesses in Fort Wayne should not have to cover tax abatement over 10 years for this project. From what I have read, this company pays no federal income taxes, is very profitable and now wants tax abatement as a condition for going ahead with the project.

There is no reason Fort Wayne should grant tax abatement to Amazon with jobs going begging for applicants in our area. How could our elected officials sign a nondisclosure agreement with this firm, keeping residents and businesses in the dark, and now consider the company's request for tax abatement?

Amazon is a rich company. If they want to come to Fort Wayne then so be it, but please do not ask the taxpayers and businesses to pick up their tax tab as part of the deal.

Fred Lanahan

Fort Wayne

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