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April 13, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 13, 2014

Housing repair grantis not welfare

While it is a consistent Republican trait to criticize welfare, and I can recognize his desire to score cheap political points at the sake of our community’s less fortunate; it is an unavoidable truth that Bob Bishop is the biggest welfare queen in Logansport.

Mr. Bishop enjoys taking money to not work. His role as executive director of the TIF district is the equivalent of the famed welfare queen Cadillac. The city replaced a group of successful business professionals with a man who has never run anything. So of course he hired more consultants. The citizens of Logansport are paying this man $30,000 a year to hire consultants; he is in essence taking money not to work.

He doesn’t seem to understand the housing refurbishment program isn’t welfare. It isn’t money for nothing; it is reinvesting in our community, something his handing money to out-of-town consultants has never done. It’s money going to people who have invested in Logansport to help maintain that investment. These people have invested in Logansport not just by buying a home here, but by also paying property taxes on those homes. Nobody is getting a handout.

It’s similar to Mr. Bishop’s union pension. Thousands of workers are currently paying into the system so that Mr. Bishop can draw his retirement; a pension that is worth far more then he paid into it. In the same way using a pittance of tax money ($43,000 is chickenfeed compare to the $1.5 million he’s paid consultants to accomplish nothing on the Pyrolyzer project) to help residents keep their homes. If it’s good enough for Mr. Bishop, why isn’t it good enough for the residents of Logansport?

Mr. Bishop’s problem with this program seems to be he doesn’t get anything out of it. There are no consultants to give him campaign contributions, no job to hire more consultants to do the work for him. The rich won’t get richer with this program, and that really seems to rub him the wrong way.

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