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Letters Published in March 11, 2009 Issue
March 11, 2009 - Letter submitted by Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville)
Last week, the Indiana House of Representatives sent a stack of terrible bills to the Indiana Senate — bills that overregulate and overspend.
We keep going to the same dry well with the same empty bucket. And not only is the well dry — the bucket’s got a hole in it.
Talk about poor timing. Here we are in the middle of a recession, and the House majority is passing legislation that spends more, regulates businesses when they most need flexibility and removes voter input and protection on important issues.
House Bill 1723 is the elementary and secondary education budget that passed out of the House with a party-line vote. Traditionally, more of our state’s budget is dedicated to funding public schools than anything else. This bill, however, goes too far by tapping into our reserves. The bill would spend $100 million from the Tuition Reserve Fund in 2010.
HB 1166 and HB 1207 are job-killer bills that would burden businesses when they most need the ability to adapt to the economic downturn.
HB 1166 would require businesses with 50 or more employees to give 60 days notice before laying off employees and requires employees to be kept on the payroll for that 60 days. The bill’s intent may be to help Hoosiers, but in the end it unnecessarily burdens them and may result in businesses closing and jobs being permanently loss.
HB 1207 would require many chain restaurants in Indiana to make nutritional information available for all of their menu items. This bill dumps an extra regulatory burden on businesses already struggling to move forward through the recession.
HB 1730 is the worst of the worst. It would allow governments to bypass the referendum process on construction projects, so long as those projects involve some kind of “green” or “environmentally friendly” component in construction. Wow. This throws voter input and, more frightening, taxpayer protection out the window, and breaks promises we made last year to keep taxes low.
Money is running out for everyone — families, local governments and state government. We can’t afford to spend more. What’s more, we can’t afford to make the situation worse by hamstringing Indiana’s business community, which, more than anything else, would probably prefer the government to just leave it alone.
These bills have one thing in common: Proof that the current House majority is not the party of the people, but the party that likes to spend the people’s money. But the well is dry, and the bucket’s got a hole in it.
It reminds me of the song from elementary school. “There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.” With what will the House majority fix that hole? More spending.
I could have told you it was a bad idea when I was in elementary school.
March 11, 2009 - Letter submitted by Barb Mofield, Knightstown
The Main Street community group met last night with several members of the community in attendance. Discussion was held as to how to revitalize the downtown area of Knightstown. My concern is why the Town Board didn't have any representatives at this meeting (nor past meetings) and no one from the Planning Commission was in attendance. It will be in the best interest of everyone in Knightstown for the Main Street group to be successful.
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