Pharos-Tribune

February 9, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Feb. 7, 2014


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Premium livingin Logansport

In the Sunday, Feb. 2, issue of the Pharos-Tribune, we woke up to an article announcing a new plan design for east end “premium living.” Upon reading the article, I noticed it stated condominiums priced between $200,000 and $250,000. Am I the only one thinking, “Who in Logansport will be able to afford that?”

Will someone from the Logansport City Council or mayor’s office produce the demographics that led to the announcement for such a project? According to the 2010 U.S. Census statistics, the average median household income for Logansport is $32,946. Also in that Census report, I found the median value of owner-occupied homes is $65,800. One last interesting statistic is that only 11.8 percent of Logansport citizens over 25 years of age has a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Who exactly are these proposed condos going to appeal to? With the announcement of another store leaving the Logansport Mall, what retail stores are these “premium living” residents going to walk to — Walmart?

I am all for development but spending $310,000 plus of hard-earned taxpayer money on a project where demographics and details of the plans have not been publicly released is irresponsible government of the people by the people.

I understand a charette is planned for April, but the City Council has already approved, on a 5-2 vote, to purchase this land. The argument being made is Logansport needs more mid-income housing. When did $200,000 to $250,000 become mid-income?

Tyler J. Ness

Logansport

Don’t pay for helpyou can get for free

Now is the time for students to apply for college financial aid for the upcoming school year. Recently, I became aware that some of our local students are receiving mailings that offer to help families file their applications for a fee.

Students need to know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government application required of every student seeking financial aid, and it is FREE! You can apply online at www.fafsa.gov. The deadline is March 10 in order to qualify for state financial aid for fall 2014.

If students or parents need help filing the FAFSA, the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association is hosting College Goal Sunday on Feb. 23 at Ivy Tech Community College’s Logansport campus, 1 Ivy Tech Way. Computer labs will be open and financial aid professionals from Ivy Tech will be on hand to help you complete and file the forms online. The event, which is free of charge, starts at 2 p.m. Just come to the Logansport campus and you’ll be directed to the computer lab where help will be available. More information can be found at www.collegegoalsunday.org.

Brenda Hamilton

Ivy Tech-Logansport

Group still fightingEastern Time zone

For the fourth year in a row, Sen. David Long has sandbagged time zone resolutions by assigning them to his committee and then not giving them a hearing. What issues do he and other legislative leaders want kept from public scrutiny?

Is it exposure of the myth about Eastern Time’s benefits to Indiana businesses? Possibly the realities of how unsafe it is for Indiana’s 850,000 Eastern Time students when the public learns the details about students being killed, assaulted, robbed, and seriously injured while traveling to school in the dark. How about hearing of the hardships that 800,000 Hoosiers have to contend with on a daily basis because of the time zone boundary that divides 18 Indiana counties?

Or maybe testimony from Indiana’s 90,000 construction workers and Indiana’s family farmers about how Eastern Time’s sunlight schedule delays their workday and causes unnecessary hardships for them and their families? What about the inconveniences to millions of Indiana’s sports fans caused by the lateness of nationally broadcast events? Can they risk having taxpayers learn about the exorbitant amounts of money allocated for education that are being wasted by school delays caused by Eastern Time’s sunlight schedule ($71 million so far this year). What would happen if businesses caught on to how much school delays are costing them in canceled appointments, meetings, etc.?

In January a petition for the redress of 18 specific grievances was filed with the General Assembly by the Central Time Coalition and supported by signed petitions of 25,000 Hoosiers and 47 school districts. Is this the year that legislators finally tell their leaders “enough is enough” and appoint a study committee to conduct a fair and thorough evaluation of these issues? We hope so because these issues affect all Hoosiers. More information is available at www.hoosiersforcentraltime.com

Susannah H. Dillon

Central Time Coalition