Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 6, 2012

Letters to the editor - Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012

In Kokomo, we’re much better off

Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to make the argument that we are not better off than we were four years ago. I hope that even my GOP friends can agree that, in Kokomo, we definitely are.

Without Chrysler and General Motors, which neither Ryan, Romney, McCain nor Mourdock would have saved, Kokomo would be much different than it is today.

Just the threat of lost taxes would have raised property taxes for everyone able to stay in Howard County.

For the people who would’ve lost their jobs because of the closings and would not afford the payment on their homes, they would be forced into foreclosure, and those property taxes would also be lost.

Services would have had to be cut, which means government jobs would have been added to the business jobs lost, leaving Howard County a ghost town.

The ripple effect of lost taxes and lost jobs that are associated with the auto industry would have deeply impacted Indiana’s taxes and jobs, as well.

Think of this when you go to the polls in November and remember that a lot of people gave their all so that you can vote.

Fred Pettijohn, Kokomo

Office renovation has been canceled

It is important to me that friends of Purdue and all citizens of Indiana know the following with regard to the renovation of the Purdue University president’s office: I knew nothing about it and was no part of the decision to perform this work.

If I had been asked in advance, I would have requested that the work not be done.

The renovation had nothing to do with my becoming president, but was part of a long-standing plan to renovate parts of Hovde Hall after many decades.

I have asked that any work not already complete be canceled. Nothing about my service in business or public life suggests that I would initiate or condone a dollar of excessive or unnecessary spending on my account.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, Purdue president-elect

Privatizing lottery is a horrible idea

While watching the news recently, I heard a report that Hoosier Lottery fans should find disturbing.

I occasionally play the scratch-off games and Powerball.

If the report pans out, however, I will no longer, ever, participate in any way in the Hoosier Lottery.

What I heard was a report about a move to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. Before you say “so what?” think back a few years to when FSSA got privatized.

The result was a mess the likes of which had never been seen before.

So before you view privatization as the be all, end all problem-solver, think again.

Kenneth Crockett, Kokomo