Indiana could use more leaders like Doc Bowen

2013-05-16T00:00:00Z Indiana could use more leaders like Doc Bowen nwitimes.com
May 16, 2013 12:00 am

We Hoosiers should get used to new taxes and fees. Our Republican governor and Legislature are patting themselves on the back for recent state tax cuts, but it’s just a tax shift to the city and county level.

School referendums have become a fact of life as schools try to survive on reduced state funding. And, of course, there’s the Lake County income tax.

I sure wish we still had some common sense leaders like the recently deceased Otis Bowen. He was a Republican, but as a doctor he knew we have to respect science and respond to the health needs of the people.

Why don’t we license gun owners and have them take a test to prove they know how to handle firearms competently, just as we do for those who want to drive? After all, the Second Amendment talks about a “well regulated militia.”

Unfortunately, while our legislators are contemplating just what the Second Amendment means, we are forgetting that mental health care in this country is close to nonexistent.

- Mary Certa, Crown Point

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