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February 9, 2014

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

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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.?

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