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Letters Published in July 25, 2007 Issue
July 25, 2007 - Letter submitted by Knightstown Chamber of Commerce
We would like to thank all of the chamber members who participated in our first Business Expo and who came to support the event. A big thanks to all of the town council members for donating their time to come and support the forum and participate. Also, thank you to all community members who attended and showed their support! The event ran smoothly and we hope to provide more opportunities similar to this for the citizens to learn more about Knightstown and those who work hard to keep it going!
July 25, 2007 - Letter submitted by Scott Atkins, Knightstown
I think the words of Rev. Samuel Cook, spoken 237 years ago during the height of patriotism are still relevant today:
"The people, the collective body only, have a right, under God, to determine who shall exercise the trust for the common interest, and to fix the bounds for their authority; and, consequently, unless we admit the most evident inconsistence, those in authority, in the whole of the public conduct, are accountable to the society which gave them their political existence. This is evidently the natural origin and state of all civil government, the sole end and design of which is, not to ennoble a few and enslave the multitude, but the public benefit, the good of the people; that they may be protected in the persons, and secured in the enjoyment of all their rights, and be enabled to lead quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and honesty. While this manifest design of civil government, under whatever form, is kept in full view, the reciprocal obligations of rulers and subjects are obvious, and the extent of prerogative and liberty will be indisputable." - Samuel Cooke, A.M., Cambridge, Mass., 1770 election sermon
Our government of the people, for the people, and by the people is subject to the people, and not just the people to the government. As Joe Mueller put it (in his letter to the editor in the July 18 Banner), our "good ol' boy" form of government needs to read these words everyday when they get up in the morning and before they sit down to the affairs of our community so as to remember why they are there.
Closed door meetings do not benefit the public good or make us feel secure in the enjoyment of all of our rights as citizens of this town, state or country. It makes us distrustful of our elected officials and leads us to feel that they are definitely not accountable to the society they are elected to serve. I firmly believe that if hired or elected officials are leaving this town because they feel victimized or picked on by the press, they are really leaving because they actually have something to hide in the first place.
For example, why did the town fire Officer (Chris) Lane? Why did Chief Earl Patterson all of a sudden resign? Why does the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation lie and say it doesn't have public records The Banner has requested when it does have them? And once this is discovered, why does CAB then offer two different reasons - reasons found unacceptable by the public access counselor - for not giving the records? Why does the town and school boards hold closed-door meetings or meetings at times of day non-conducive to most peoples' schedules so as to disallow them to attend and voice their opinions?
These are questions that the people of this community are asking and are not getting any answers to. To say that we do not have the right to know everything that the town or school boards are doing, as stated in last week's Banner, is not only a ludicrous statement but also is a very dangerous way of thinking. That is exactly what communism believed, and look where the Soviet Union is today.
As citizens, we not only reserve the right, but the duty to put people into office and also to get them out of office as well. I'm sure anyone who runs for office doses so with the intent of making a difference for their communities, but, somehow, some of them get corrupted with power and they forget why the are there in the first place - until election time, that is.
So, I implore you to allow the words of Rev. Cooke to enter your hearts and minds, and to remember why we have a government in the first place.
July 25, 2007 - Letter submitted by Martin Mersereau, casework manager, Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue and Information Department, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Compassionate people around the world are rightly outraged by two 15-year-old California girls' alleged burning of an eight-week-old kitten, leaving him barely clinging to life (AP story).
It doesn't take a degree in psychology to realize that this isn't normal adolescent behavior but a warning sign of a deeply disturbed individual. Psychiatrists, criminal profilers, and law enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that young people who are cruel to animals often turn that violence against humans.
Most notorious killers have a history of torturing and killing animals, including "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and "BTK" killer Dennis Rader. Brenda Spencer, who opened fire at a school, killing two children and injuring nine others, had previously set cats' and dogs' tails on fire. Carroll Edward Cole, executed for five of the 35 murders of which he was accused, said his first act of violence was strangling a puppy. Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," trapped dogs and cats in orange crates and shot them with arrows in his youth. All of the kids involved in recent school shootings first "practiced" on animals.
If you know of cruelty to animals occurring in your neighborhood, please notify authorities immediately - for everyone's safety. Visit www.HelpingAnimals.com to learn more.
July 25, 2007 - Letter submitted by Rex Bell, chairman, Libertarian Party of Wayne County
It seems that Gov. Daniels and some of our legislators have suddenly discovered that property taxes are out of control. Their idea of immediate relief is to give us more time to pay the higher tax bills (with interest added, of course). Their idea of long term relief is to tax somebody else's property more than yours, or take more of your income with a higher income tax.
They need to realize that the problem isn't that our taxes aren't high enough, or that they aren't getting them from the right pocket. The problem is that the government spends too much. It's a simple fact that government costs money, and the bigger it is, the more it costs.
There's a good chance that we won't see any reduction in our taxes as long as a majority of voters keep demanding that government should oversee and manage every aspect of our lives from the cradle to the grave. If you don't think it has come to that, just try to name three things that our government doesn't tax or regulate.
Our best and only chance for reducing taxes will be when the majority of voters start demanding that our government concentrate on protecting our lives, rights and property. When they demand that government stop subsidizing businesses that can't survive on their own merit, and when they demand that our road use taxes be spent on roads instead of museums and bike trails. When they demand that schools should be used for education, instead of babysitting and entertainment, and when they demand that taxpayers shouldn't be forced to fund 40 years of retirement for 30 years of work.
We can't make those demands by sending the same people back to Indianapolis and Washington. They're just not listening. We need to demand something better.
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