Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Letters

March 19, 2013

Letters to the editor - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Precinct changes worrying to some

Your Wednesday lead story concerning precinct maps is worrying. Precincts exist for the convenience of voters and election officials during elections. Traditionally, precincts were established after the various election districts are determined by the officials elected from them. What you described in your article has the proverbial “tail wagging the dog”.

After the 2010 census and the start of the required redistricting, I found a presentation on the State of Indiana website, by the Indiana Election Division, titled “2011 Election Administrators Conference, A Redistricting Guide for County Election Officials”. It describes the traditional process for redistricting: the decennial census is taken and published; the Statehouse and Senate adopt new election districts for the state’s congressional districts, state senators and state representatives; they are followed by the county commissioners adopting county commissioner and county council districts; then the city councils and town boards adopting election districts for their seats; and finally, county election officials prepare precinct maps for approval by the county commissioners after review by the state. Each level of government prepared their election districts without any influence from the other levels. The precinct maps were created starting with adding all of the various district lines onto one map and dividing the resulting areas into voting precincts.

So, which state law or state rule has changed the process? Is this situation a result from the city council not knowing where the city limits will be, since they have several large annexations working their way through the legal process? Or, is it a power grab by the state political parties to predetermine local districts by limiting local officials to using the state approved precincts.

Glen Boise, Kokomo

Too much at stake with Hoosiers’ health

From the federal fiscal-cliff discussions to the issue of state level Medicaid expansion, ideological stand-offs continue to be an obstacle to reasonable dialogue and effective policy making.

No matter your political stance on the Affordable Care Act, it is now law. Indiana has the opportunity to join 26 other states in accepting the federal dollars already designated to adequately fund Medicaid and increase access to affordable health care.

Under current Indiana law, non-disabled, non-pregnant, childless adults under 65 cannot get Medicaid no matter how poor they are. Increased access to health care for everyone ensures a healthier, happier, more productive Indiana.

Too much is at stake for Hoosiers to be left behind: 30,000 jobs, $108 million in new state and local tax revenue per year, and the health and lives of an estimated 450,000 hard-working Hoosiers.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, Indiana should join other states and a network of support in expanding and improving Medicaid.

Lindsay Helmbock, Citizens Action Coalition, Indianapolis

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTERS: City should celebrate its young track star City should celebrate its young track starCongratulations to Tionna Brown, who has given the city of Kokomo the platform to acknowledge what commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and determination can do.I find this a unique opportunity for her Common

    July 30, 2014

  • LETTERS: No excuse letting trimmings rot at curb No excuse for letting trimmings rot at curbWe live in a recently annexed, east-side subdivision — a nice, clean, well-kept subdivision where almost all homeowners take pride in and maintain their homes and lawns.Before the annexation, we paid for our

    July 29, 2014

  • LETTERS: Parents taking fun out of youth sports Parents taking fun out of youth sports I enjoyed reading the article, "Nation's youth sports leagues on troubling decline," by Bill Stanczykiewicz, CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, and the last paragraph, a quote by Dr. Bill Dexter, president of t

    July 28, 2014

  • LETTERS: Putting economics before responsibility Veterans, retirees need tax deductionsAre you receiving either an Indiana property tax Veterans Disability Deduction or an Over 65 Deduction? I was, however, this year I learned otherwise. My property taxes payable this year, as compared to the prope

    July 27, 2014

  • LETTERS: Mast homestead celebrates 150 years Mast homestead celebrates 150 yearsThe two-story frame, Pennsylvania-Dutch style house on the Larry and Barbara Hensler farm 2 miles west of Plevna is 150 years old this year. In fact it may even be a little older than that. Lloyd Hensler used to say

    July 25, 2014

  • LETTERS: Christians must stand with Israel 'As Christians we must stand with life' The present conflict in Israel is with Hamas, recognized even in Egypt as a terrorist organization. Recently Hamas formed a unity government with the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. They're now the government in

    July 24, 2014

  • LETTERS: Let's hope 7th Circuit sides with couples Let’s hope 7th Circuit sides with couplesIf you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.First, a federal court ruled that the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional, whi

    July 23, 2014

  • LETTERS: Trust chemical, seed firms and the FDA? Trust chemical, seed firms and the FDA?Let’s see ... Mr. Don Villwock, Indiana Farm Bureau president, wants the FDA to define what genetically engineered foods are, and then he wants it to be optional or voluntary for food companies to tell consumers

    July 22, 2014

  • LETTERS: Show support where you spend money Show support where you spend moneyReinvest in your community. It is something you hear often, but what does it mean and how do you effectively do it?Thankfully, there are people in our community who can give six-figure donations to projects like the

    July 21, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller