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June 6, 2014

Letters to the Editor: June 6, 2014

Add burning of yard waste to smoking ban

The Kokomo Tribune has recently endorsed a county-wide smoking ban. Such a ban would be incomplete since it does not include a significant source of unavoidable secondhand smoke affecting many county residents.

This is the illegal (by state law) burning of yard waste: especially leaves, but also tree limbs and shrubs.

If we are really serious about protecting our citizens, especially our children, from the unhealthy effects of secondhand smoke, it is not only necessary to widen the ban on smoking, but also necessary to pass a county-wide ban on the burning of yard waste. Since the state does not effectively enforce these open burning laws, it is necessary to locally enforce them with a county ordinance.

William Galles, Kokomo

 

Why does VA have a back log in first place?

Here is a question that Sen. Coats should be investigating: Why does the VA have a back log in the first place? Could it be the VA has too few hospitals and staff members for treating our veterans? Could it be that conservative penny pinching is the core of the problem? How many VA hospitals have our conservative, do nothing except fuss, fume, whine, and pander to the ultra-wealthy at the expense of every one else, Congress budgeted for construction? Am I correct that the first new VA hospital has or will open soon since the 1990s and no others are under construction or budgeted for construction?

Finally, for those whining that we cannot afford keeping our promises to veterans because of the deficit created during George W. Bush’s time in office, ask those among the “have and have mores” to contribute the needed billions for building and funding an adequate VA system. In return, we will give them the hospital naming rights. After all, those who benefited the most from the sacrifices of others should pay the most in return.

Glen Boise, Kokomo

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