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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:01 am
Richard Mourdock understands the fateful choice before us as few others can and as his opponent clearly does not. We either continue down the road of the short-term-gain difference-splitting favored by establishment politicians of both parties, thereby escalating our slide into western European-style socialism and its bitter fruits, or we return to the basic constitutional principles of limited government coupled with greater responsibility and freedom. The divisions so many wish to avoid already exist and must be faced squarely and soon, or we go off the fiscal cliff and complete social and cultural breakdown — or worse — ensues. The opposition knows that it cannot win in the voting booth if this reckoning is had, and that is why they selectively quote and otherwise misrepresent Mourdock.

Their shenanigans with regard to his debate statement are only the most recent examples of this. They fear and loathe anyone who might be a leader to win people to other ideas — and that need for that kind of leadership, by the way, is all Mourdock has ever meant when he rightly questions our fetishizing of the word “bipartisan,” something most people never discover because they do not get to hear him speak unfiltered by a hostile, vastly liberal Democrat media.

Do we really value emotional warm fuzzies and short-term constituent services model comforts so much that we will risk the freedom and security of our kids and grandkids? Do we want to try to explain that someday to those kids and grandkids? If not, our choice is clear, and in the Senate race it is for Mourdock.

Sybil Marshall

John Peirce has successfully served the Fort Wayne community on the FWCS board of trustees for four years, during which time the district has made outstanding academic progress.

The district earned an “A” rating from the state for 2011. The graduation rate has increased each of the last four years, and the rate has exceeded the state average by an increasing amount each year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has repeatedly praised both the board and the district as models for the state.

The district has hundreds more students than Indianapolis Public Schools, but operates on a budget that is only half the size. At a recent board meeting, Peirce voted against a proposed property tax increase. He will keep working to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and hold the administration accountable for results.

Now is not the time to stop the momentum of continuous improvement in our schools. There is more work to be done and we need Peirce’s proven leadership to keep improving our schools. Our children, grandchildren, our entire community stand to benefit.

Mary Kay SolonI am a teacher, coach and parent in the Leo attendance area. My mom is Terry Jo Lightfoot, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about her. After graduating from Leo High School in 1970, Terry Jo (Worman) Lightfoot attended Anderson College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. She received that degree in 1974 and then went on to obtain her master’s degree in education from Ball State University while teaching in Marion. After having me and my sister, she made the choice to take a break from teaching and be a mom.

From directing choirs to coaching cheerleading to substitute teaching, she continued to stay involved with the youth and churches of the communities we lived in. After our family relocated back to Leo in 1987, Terry Jo decided to buy the family business, now Worman-Lightfoot-Hoch Insurance. (She) continued to be involved in the community: the LHS Alumni Association, Lions Club, Leo UMC church music programs, LHS Dance Team, etc. She taught me how to be a strong woman and how to lead, always willing to help, always passionate about what was right, and always fighting for what she believed in.

She continues to do that today in every position she holds. Her passion for EACS has a lot to do with her love of this community, and love of her family, as well as her concern for the future. Over the past seven years, my mom has helped take care of my two children, Luke and Leah Shappell, while I have continued my teaching and coaching career — a career I am blessed to have chosen and thankful for every day! I have never met a more passionate, loving, loyal, and dedicated person in my life … and I believe she is the best choice to represent 7E in the EACS school board election!

Carrie Shappell



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