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September 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 23, 2013

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It’s time to become informed about common core. It’s time to hold our representatives responsible for implementing liberal ideology. Anyone with questions and concerns can attend the common core summit Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene 3101 N Benton Road, Muncie. Heather Crossin and Erin Tuttle will discuss Common Core in a panel discussion joined by Dr. Brad Oliver of Indiana Wesleyan University, a newly-appointed member of the Indiana State Board of Education.

Patrick Cloward, Peru

Let’s leave ag-gag proposal in the dust

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly debated a bill that would have made it illegal to take pictures or videos on farms and factories without owner consent. At a time when Americans are growing increasingly conscientious of where our food comes from, why would Indiana consider legislation to deprive us of our basic right to know how our food is produced?

Fortunately, the General Assembly had the good sense to reject this so-called “ag-gag” bill in April, but ag-gag may be back. This week, a study committee will meet to discuss the merits of legislation that offers special protections to industrial agriculture by criminalizing the documentation of abuse.

The food we choose to eat is a very personal decision. I find the idea of our government stepping in to dictate what we can and can’t know about our food’s origins to be disturbing and, frankly, anti-American. I hope Senator Jim Buck of Kokomo, one of four legislators on this committee, feels the same and urges his fellow committee members to leave ag-gag in the dust.

Carol J. Schlotterbeck, Kokomo

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