Judging from all the news coverage, it appears the government planners and fat cats have more grandiose ideas for new development and redevelopment than the shrinking middle class and working poor can be taxed to pay for.
After the recent real estate crash and recession, it's all we can do to pay the current taxes and hold on to our homes. Who can afford an increase in the tax rates and county income tax, especially when business and industry aren't expected to chip in? That doesn't spark my spirit of patriotism at all.
Instead of the other Indiana counties trying to put us into a guilt bag, they should be following Lake County's lead. We should hold the line on taxes, pay raises and big spending plans. Shut off the government nonprofits and let the private developers and their bankrollers cover their own costs and risks.
- Malcolm P. Hunt, Hammond