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Letters to the editor

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 12:49 pm

President wants more hope after his changes

President Obama gave a passionate speech on Sept. 6 encouraging us to continue to continue to hope and assuring all that things will continue to improve. He didn’t, like in 2008, speak as much about change.

But then, he already made a lot of changes. He changed the price we pay for gas. He changed the definition of a family and the requirements to be a player in these building blocks of society. He also made it easier and acceptable to abort your baby.

He was fervent in maintaining and supporting the continuation of the middle class. (Reminds me of the caste system in India.) He will make you secure in your middle class status. All you have to do is give up a lot of your freedom and he will take care of you. I always thought the American dream was to be the best version of yourself and not be satisfied with anything less. But then you might qualify to be in his “upper class” and be vilified.

He is a good salesman, and it seemed everyone left the convention buying into accepting a used vehicle, in spite of some problems with its functioning.

Paul Reszel

EACS board needs to be more transparent

In a surprising announcement in The News-Sentinel on Aug. 22, Terry Jo Lightfoot stated the East Allen County Schools school board is paying $8,000 for a “de-annexation” study. Now that they have dipped into the pockets of New Haven and Leo for the Woodlan and Heritage redesigns, they seem to think it’s OK to get rid of us both even though New Haven defeated the referendum for their redesign by a very large majority. I don’t know how Leo voted, but I would think they would be just as indignant to have their taxes go to a school system in which they were no longer a part. We (New Haven and Leo) are required to pay the redesign taxes since we were part of the EACS school system when it was voted upon. This is just another example of the board throwing money down the drain for EACS.

First, they take our tax money; and then will tell us we can leave the district to create our own schools? Legal, but again, as in many things the EACS school board has done over the years, (it) is unethical. Terry Jo Lightfoot even stated “it’s possible the study won’t be presented in public.” I would certainly like to know the result. Why even suggest secrecy when the law requires public knowledge? She and the rest of the board have problems with transparency as well as their financial inadequacies and many other problems.

Please check out all the candidates for your districts thoroughly, and please vote the current inadequate, unethical members out.

Marcia Geller

New Haven

Normandy visit helps understand sacrifice

Tom Hosier cannot be complimented enough for his letter of Sept. 6 entitled “Where was Obama?” Mr. Hosier referenced the fact that the current president has never attended a D-Day Memorial ceremony. Ironically, his letter appeared the very day my wife and I had just returned from an extraordinary visit to the Normandy battlefields and the June 6, 1944, allied troops’ landing sites and subsequent memorial cemeteries.

Our group “leader” was Carver McGriff, an 88-year-old gentleman who at age 19 left Indiana, and his innocence to engage in the combat of World War II. There in Normandy, he became a casualty and a prisoner of the Germans. We stood in the very place where he stood when captured. He related many of his ferocious combat experiences and has since authored a book, “Making Sense of Normandy;” and is now a retired highly regarded Methodist minister. His book should be required reading for yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

It’s unfortunate that it is not a requirement for all Senate and Congressional members and executive branch officials to go to Normandy and behold firsthand the unimaginable sacrifices for freedom that our country’s best gave up their lives.

We have remarkably few in Washington today, or in our country at large, who have any real understanding of their sacrifices and what those 18- and 19-year-old lives were sacrificed for. Sadly, they each have parents, spouses, children and siblings who do know, and who even today must bear the pain of a country that has forgotten.

Jay Powell