Pharos-Tribune

July 4, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Thursday, July 4, 2013


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Some answers soughtfrom opposition

I was not able to attend the mis-information meeting scheduled by the Gang of Four at McHale Auditorium this past week, but I have a question that maybe one of the four can answer for me.

Somebody in the audience asked what the city of Logansport had gotten for the $1.5 million spent already. One of the “expert” panelists answered that apparently Logansport had not gotten anything, that the consultants must have not done any research for the money. At one time or another, all three of the experts said what was being proposed was “impossible” and that none of the mayor, city council or the LMU superintendent had provided any information on the emissions from the proposed new plant. Well, there you go.

My question is, “how much was paid to bring the three “experts” from 1) a San Francisco-based green earth organization, 2) a Philadelphia-based Energy Justice (?) organization and Morton Marcus a retired director of “business research,” who is well-known for his totally unbiased articles in the Pharos-Tribune.

Not only how much was paid to these three, but who paid them? One topic discussed during the meeting was transparency. Where is the transparency from the Gang of Four? I would also surmise that the reason Mr. Angel and Mr. Ewall weren’t aware of any emission testing and results, was because those weren’t printed in their home area newspapers like they were in the Pharos-Tribune. And the Gang of Four apparently didn’t want to provide any info to the experts that would be contrary to their cause.

My last point will be this. Is anybody foolish enough to really think that Mayor Franklin and those presently on the City Council want to leave a legacy of having made the biggest mistake in Logansport’s 175-year history? Does anybody really believe they want to prevent Logansport from having a successful future? Only those who have been against everything that the mayor and City Council have done since the day they were elected are foolish enough to believe the Gang of Four have the best interest of Logansport in mind.

Jack Fultz

Logansport

Are this nation’s freedomseroding before our eyes?

About three years ago, I pondered whether Americans would be celebrating future Independence Days with as many constitutional liberties as we have had. While Americans still enjoy many more liberties than virtually anywhere else in any period of history, it remains sobering to consider whether or not these liberties are eroding.

Are we trending toward more or less liberty when: (1) our government embarks on the widespread data collection of the daily communication of ordinary citizens? (2) our government persists in punishing productive Americans through punitive taxation and regulations? (3) our government refuses to reign in rampant deficit spending that will result in higher tax rates and fewer services? (4) our government chooses to spend billions of tax payer dollars to arm Islamic militants? (5) our government shovels billions of dollars toward so-called green energy corporations that go bankrupt while, at the same time, imposes harsh, costly penalties on the businesses that provide us with affordable energy? (6) our government directs the IRS to create burdensome hurdles for the tax-exempt recognition of certain organizations while fast-tracking others? (7) our government places our private medical information in the hands of the IRS and other Affordable Care bureaucrats? (8) our government health policies cause the cost of our health insurance and health care to increase dramatically?

All of these issues and more are unfolding before our very eyes. My personal answer is that we are trending toward less liberty as our government continues to vacate the provisions of the American Constitution.

Why is this taking place? Because too many Americans have chosen to displace the Christian foundation of our Republic with a form of humanism that abhors a morality based upon absolute standards. As colonial literature makes clear, a society that ignores the Christian faith cannot remain a free society. As Alexis de Tocqueville traveled throughout this land in the early 19th century, he asked Americans “if [they] think religion is useful for the stability of law and the good order of society; [they] immediately respond that a civilized society, but above all a free society, cannot subsist without religion. Respect for religion, in [their] eyes, is the greatest guarantee of the stability of the state and the security of individuals.”

The accuracy of de Tocqueville’s observation is being born out every year as we experience more and more the dismantling and collapse of our Constitutional Republic.

Have a Glorious Fourth! While you can.

Charles A. Layne

Bunker Hill