Pharos-Tribune

July 21, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, July 21, 2013


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Thanks for making event a big success

The ladies golf league at Logansport Golf Course would like to say "Thank you" to the Rock-n-Rock Invitational hole sponsors: Amelio's and Ike, Arnold Jewelry and Gifts, B&K West, Bullshipper Cafe, Consolidated Union, Federal Mogul, Four County Counseling Center, East Point Muffler and Brakes, Mara-Mart, The People's Winery, Tube Fabrication, Industries Inc., Steinberger Construction Inc., and West Side Diner.

To anyone who donated a door prize for our July 13 invitational we say "Thank you." Our day would not have been a success with out you.

To our husbands, friends and anyone that helped us during the day, we say "Thank you" to you also.

Lastly, we say a big "Thank you" to Bob Rothgen, golf pro, for all your help to make the day a success.

Logansport Golf Ladies League

Daniels' censorship must be stoppedAs a former high school teacher, the recent news about former Gov. Mitch Daniels' moves toward censoring Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is not only strange, but a blatant decision of pushing political ideology in public school classrooms.

Zinn's work gives a history of social movements in the United States, including the beginnings of the American labor movement, women's suffrage, anti-war movements and many other ideals associated with the Progressive Era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These topics are normally ignored or marginalized in typical high school textbooks and text from "A People's History" is often used in Advanced Placement history classes and college courses. Most good teachers will use material from a variety of viewpoints and ideologies and Howard Zinn's work is but one viewpoint of a segment of American history.

There is no doubt the author political viewpoints can be described as liberal and he expressed his opposition to the Vietnam War and the second Iraq War. However to call for the Indiana Department of Education to investigate classroom use of a bona fide historical book and state that the work should not be used in K-12 classrooms is way out of line and smacks of 1950s McCarthyism.

I supported many of Gov. Daniels policies and thought a number of his education ideas were in the long-term best interest of Hoosier schools, however there is no way I could support the outright attempt of the governor to censor a work considered by most historians as a major work on American history. I believe that history should include a variety of viewpoints and one should know the full history of the United States — the great and the warts. Hopefully individual teachers are responsible and professional, and expose students to the panorama of American history.

Steve Lythgoe

Logansport

Thanks for a great 4-H fair week

What a great 4-H fair! For those of us working the booths in the merchant’s building, the weather was so much kinder than last year when we nearly all burst into flames! I want to thank the 4-H for having such a well-planned event again this year. I want to thank everyone for dropping by the booth to say hello and show your support for the Democratic Party and your willingness to get involved in the coming campaigns and elections. It’s so easy to make a difference in your community.

Also, congratulations to Brad Angle who had the winning ticket for the $100 drawing!

Lastly to those sturdy souls who manned the booth with me every night. I couldn’t have done it without you. Our Democratic Party was well represented by Randy Rozzi, Mike Fincher, Matt Meagher, Jim Musselman, Scott Peattie, Ted Shriver, Bonnie Richter, Deborah Ulerick, Tim Banter Sr. and the team from USW Local 4863 led by Becky Hanawalt.

We hope to see everyone again real soon.

Paul UlerickCass County Democratic Party chairman

Can Pyrolyzer really prove its claims?

I wrote earlier about the trash-to-energy proposal from Pyrolyzer meant to save our local utilities, but I still have concerns. Proponents seem to be offering a common response, basically, that it will work because the Pyrolyzer and consultants say so. They also claim that no matter any other factors, this will "save jobs." I've been an advocate for LMU since it is locally run. It was one of the positives when I moved here years ago. I don't want to see LMU jobs lost. But is Pyrolyzer the only way?

There are claims that this will be "good" for the environment, and there will be no pollution and no waste. How can one argue with such good-sounding claims? One can when there is no convincing evidence to back them up. The implication is that pollution will be constantly monitored by IDEM, etc. That's not true. Much of an IDEM inspection consists of a review of the company's emission records. If records show pollution is present, the plant continues operating while the problems are addressed. What does this mean for air, soil, and water quality surrounding the plant? IDEM only regularly monitors general air quality.

I cannot dispute information presented at the public forum citing incineration is the most expensive way to dispose of trash, and the most expensive way to generate electricity. Since not all trash can be burned, is there really a market for the residue? The Pyrolyzer success seems dependent upon many factors all falling in place 100 percent of the time. Like, the plant never needing maintenance or the huge daily flow of trash never falters. Six thousand tons a day is a lot of trash.

What happens if (when?) Pyrolyzer concludes it really can't do this on such an unheard-of scale? Would Logansport be the rare city not to go bankrupt when a trash-to-electricity plant failed? I would like the contract with the consultants and attorneys be made public so people can judge whether citizens are getting the million plus dollars' worth. Isn't that million plus taxpayer money? To me, it's the wise course to answer all the questions to the satisfaction of the questioners. Proponents should admit some answers can't yet be known. I have no doubt that the mayor and the city council have the best intentions but I wonder if they have been given the best information and advice.

Ed NorrisLogansport