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Letters Published in November 21, 2007 Issue
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by Rex Bell, chairman, Libertarian Party of Wayne County
A lot of incumbents, both individuals and political parties, took quite a bashing in this fall's election. Probably one of the biggest upsets in the state occurred in the mayor's race in Indianapolis. Both parties are still in shock over that one. New Castle elected its first Republican mayor in 56 years. City councils across the state are going too see a lot of personnel changes come January 1.
I guess it's a good thing that 20 some percent of the population decided that changes needed to be made. Some may have felt that taxes needed to be lowered, or that spending needed to be trimmed, or both. Some may have thought switching a Republican for a Democrat, or a Democrat for a Republican would achieve the desired effect.
Sorry folks, it's not going to happen. Lowering taxes and reducing spending requires downsizing the government. That's not something Republicans and Democrats do very well. In Indianapolis, Mayor Ballard and his council will not spend significantly less money than Mayor Peterson and his council. Taxpayers will continue to pay for the new stadium that is being built, and the old stadium even after it is torn down.
A year from now, the vast majority of taxpayers in New Castle, Muncie and Indianapolis will have seen no difference in the cost of government from the changes made in this election.
Hopefully a few more small government candidates will step forward before the next election, and a few more taxpayers and voters will be ready for a real change.
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by Glen Cove Cemetery Board, Knightstown
The Glen Cove Cemetery Board and employees would like to publicly thank John Lewis for the excellent job he did no the new letters on the cemetery chapel. Thanks again, John, for your time and effort. It was greatly appreciated.
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by Clyde South, Town Council Member-Elect, Knightstown, Ward 1
I want to thank The Banner and editorial staff for the excellent coverage of the recent town council election. The candidate profile article was very well done and published in a very timely manner. I also deeply appreciate The Banner's endorsement. I will do my best to not disappoint you. Also, a very special thanks to all the voters who participated in the election. It will be an honor to serve you.
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by KHS Soccer Team
The Knightstown High School soccer team would proudly like to thank all our sponsors: Corner Bakery; Sports Cut; Citizens Bank; Main Source Bank; Van Hoy Oil; The Paddock; Jeff's Pizza; Pic-N-Save; Kozy Kabin; White Flash; Jolly Workers Club; Lions Club; Overman's; and Ivy Wreath. Our team had a great season and appreciates your support. Thank you.
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by John A. Clibourn, North Hills, Calif.
It is tragic that so few Americans understand what the founders of our nation gave us. Therefore, we have allowed the federal government to erode many of our constitutionally protected rights. (Go to www.thenewamerican.com for details; search "restoring rights.")
On July 4, 1776, the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence stated, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Here, we have the basics of Americanism: (1) People are born with natural or God-given rights to life, liberty, and property; and (2) People created the federal government and granted it limited powers for the sole purpose of helping to protect their rights. Both the people and the government must obey the U.S. Constitution. Founded on these principles, the United States became the greatest nation in history.
Unfortunately, much that the federal government does today is unconstitutional. We the people need to contact Congress to make it obey our Constitution.
November 21, 2007 - Letter submitted by D. Cliff Wiseman, Middletown
We have heard the flock saying Indiana's Governor Mitch's idea of transferring much of the property tax to sales tax is so wonderful. True, to those like me that are old and have our families raised, we should see paying less tax.
That being true, the problem is that those that are raising children will take a large tax hit because they are the greatest buyers. I well remember my days raising kids. Kids need many things and most cost money. Then there is sales tax to pay on purchases. There is the idea to cap property tax, but if they want more property tax they can raise the assessed value. I like my house but I would sell for 90 per cent of the assessed value.
Much of the present rise in property taxes is due to the elimination of the inventory tax when Republicans had complete control of Indiana government. There is nothing to show for the prosperity Indiana was promised when they eliminated the inventory tax. Really, the effect on the state's prosperity looks negative. Gov. Mitch had to know that the tax had to be made up and should have either kept the inventory tax or taken action to prevent the problem of the huge property tax increases. Perhaps if we give complete control to the Democrats in '08 they can do some good for us with taxes. At present, the Democrats only enjoy a small majority in the Indiana House. Perhaps a graduated Indiana income tax would help.
We can all hate taxes, but I would like good pay for the best teachers and good air-conditioned buildings to educate the children to the best of their ability!
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