The current rage in the Indiana Statehouse is to write a hate crimes law. The proponents claim good things we need in a hate crimes law.

One is local control.

There are hate crimes in Indiana.

Indiana is one of five states that does not have a hate crimes law.

These appears to be the major points people are trying to insert. I disagree with these points, not because there aren’t hate crimes. There surely are but defining this one and separating it from that one will be an interesting exercise. I disagree for these reasons.

There is a federal hate crimes law in place right now. It should include all that is necessary to prosecute. If it doesn’t, then we should do two things.

1. Question the thought process of those who wrote it. At the federal level, we have the absolute right to have the best thinking possible. They pay themselves an excellent salary, with our money. They have all the help in the world. They can call any expert they want at any time and multiple times if they don’t get all the information they want.

2. Require federal lawmakers stop what they are currently doing and fix what they have only halfway or part way done.

Local control really only means those in the Statehouse are trying to make themselves important. At the same time, local control pushes up our taxes, as we citizens of Indiana are required to pay for this directly in state tax, as opposed to having those costs spread around to everyone in the country.

There surely are hate crimes, but how do you define them? Can you define all of them? And can you demand by law that people believe the way you demand they do? If you don’t like me, if I don’t like you, is that a hate crime? Just wait, that point will be in court one day.

The lament that Indiana is only one of five states that does not have a hate crimes law sounds more like, "They have something over there, so we have to have that same something over here." The cry of a 4-year-old.

It is very disappointing to me that we as a nation have lived more than 200 years. In that time we have never had a “hate law."

Ed Roberts, Windfall

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