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Monday, September 24, 2012 - 9:59 am

DCS interim committee a sham

Your weak editorial on the interim committee on license plate issues missed the whole point. Twenty anti-gay Republicans caused this mess in their hate-based complaint against the Indiana Youth Institute.

The BMV correctly ensnared 4-H and the Greenways in their response. The interim committee is a sham, with co-chair Eckerty one of the original signatories. Shame on Republicans and the legislature. Why show up for a dog-and-pony show when you already know the showstoppers. Finally, your allusion to neo-Nazi and hate group plate requests puts your attitude squarely among the problem-makers. The IYI serves youth, quite unlike these 20 Republicans who have proved just the opposite.

The DCS interim committee is well-staffed in lawmakers and community members. Testimony of failures rightfully questioned the best interests of the child, and the co-chairs promised responses in every case, in necessary confidence. Federal and state law, as well as court and constitutional guidance, always place parental rights at the front, sometimes displacing the singular needs of the child. This is especially true when provider funds, guardian ad litem staff, SOCAP, case management cuts and call center operations serve a governor’s taxpayer rebates instead of the proper services to the children of Indiana.

As in FSSA, BMV and Workforce, the call center focus represents just one more rip in Daniels’ sinking Titanic. Children are lost in an under-funded system sometimes stacked in favor of poor parenting when child services funding is slashed.

Fred Gilbert

DSANI’s Buddy Walk at Shoaff on Oct. 6

October is fast approaching. Did you know that DSANI (Down Syndrome of Northeast Indiana) will hold its 14th Buddy Walk of 1.5 miles mi. at Shoaff Park on Saturday, Oct. 6 with activities starting at 10 a.m.? The Buddy Walk raises funds for education, research and advocacy programs. There will be live entertainment, special guests, food and children’s activities. We would like to thank the city of Fort Wayne for showing support by providing a blue and gold “lightshow” on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge both evenings of Oct. 5 and 6. Please join us in our walk and register online at to make this most important community event a success.

Julianna Fleischer

DSANI Community Outreach

We’ll miss them

Three truly amazing Fort Wayne women recently passed on to their eternal reward: De De Hall, Patty Martone and, most recently, Joan Daley Uebelhoer. We thank them and their families for their many accomplishments in making Fort Wayne a better city.

Jerome A. Welch

Leave teachers alone

ISTEP scores are a joke!

When I was in high school we did not care about answers we put down, just to hurry and finish the test. Don’t blame the teachers, blame the kids. Go teachers!

Joan Thayer