Here's what letter writers had to say to The Times this week.
Trump is embarrassing our country
I’ve always voted from an independent viewpoint, so the following has nothing to do with party affiliation. At one time or another, President Donald Trump has exhibited the following, in contrast to what we should expect from the person holding the highest office in our country: arrogance, a self-serving attitude, reckless rhetoric, a spirit of divisiveness rather than unification and a lack of credibility.
Stop blaming “fake news.” Stop the Twitter comments, and start providing the trusted, capable leadership this country desperately needs, thereby saving our country from further embarrassment.
Jim Martz, Valparaiso
Kudos to Hobart animal rescue group, Valpo pet clinic
I would like to extend my utmost thanks to The Hobart Humane Society and Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel and his team at the Porter County Pet Clinic in Valparaiso. These two organizations have "rescued" me as I chose to "rescue" one stray pregnant kitty, which evolved into a most difficult situation. Over the course of many months, spays, neuters and placements of many kitties beyond the first I rescued (please understand that unaltered outside cats let nature take its course and don't jump into your lap to be crated and carted off to be "fixed"), there is finally a light at the end of my tunnel.
It's a light being held by the two organizations first mentioned in this letter.
Annette Bologna, Valparaiso
Support new Crown Point arts facility
Calling all businesses and organizations of Crown Point to the support and contribution of the building of the Classical Arts Centre for our city.
As I see it, it would be a boon to our local economy and an incredible enjoyment to our citizens and guests.
With the planned demolition of the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville and the distance to other venues, we would do well in Crown Point to have this center.
I feel it's long overdue. Please endorse this development and help the CAC come to fruition.
Gloria Thirion, Crown Point
Vote 'No' on Hammond schools referendum
The Hammond taxpayers need a plan of action in writing, not a proposal lacking data and an incomplete assessment of the buildings by a firm hired by the School City of Hammond.
About 20 years ago, the SCH argued new school buildings, along with closure and consolidation of several facilities, was the solution to declining test scores and falling graduation rates.
For the $110 million remaining debt we will be paying for the next 20 years from this previous building spree, we still have declining scores and graduation rates.
Hammond High had been neglected to the point of carpeting patched with duct tape, peeling paint, curtains rotting to pieces on the windows and a pool that has not been operational for five years.
During this time frame, millions of dollars were used for expenditures at other buildings, about $7 million at the Career Center and several million more at other buildings for various projects.
Morton High School received mostly non-academic and athletic upgrades for nearly $20 million, which was just under the $20 million cap that would have generated a referendum by state law.
The SCH wants to add $180 million for the next several decades to the current $110 million debt.
It is roughly an $8 increase per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Vote no for the referendum!
Mary Ellen Slazyk, Hammond
Stop blaming 'fake news,' provide leadership
I’ve always voted from an independent viewpoint, so the following has nothing to do with party affiliation. At one time or another, President Donald Trump has exhibited the following, in contrast to what we should expect from the person holding the highest office in our country: Arrogance, a self-serving attitude, reckless rhetoric, a spirit of divisiveness rather than unification, and a lack of credibility.
Stop blaming “fake news,” stop the Twitter comments and start providing the trusted, capable leadership this country desperately needs, thereby saving our country from further embarrassment.
Jim Martz, Valparaiso
Government leaders owe responsiveness to residents
Shame on you Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson, Superintendent Lemley and Councilmen Luna, Anderson and Baldazo.
Disabled senior citizens contacted you weeks ago with a concern, and not one of you has contacted the residents and taxpayers who signed the letter. You were elected to represent all the people weren't you?
Old age comes to all and hopefully with no health concerns. But for those of us who do have health concerns, a phone call or letter would have meant that we do count — not only on election day.
Faye Tully, Lake Station
NFL players take wrong approach in protest
While I certainly believe everyone has a right to free speech, I am uncomfortable with NFL players demonstrating by kneeling during the national anthem. Besides that it is not ethical to use your fame to convince people of your political view, I don’t believe the justification the NFL players have presented.
It started with a demonstration against police brutality and racism, but different people are giving different explanations about what they are against. I am inclined to believe these people are really demonstrating against our government, much like those who burned our flag during the Vietnam War.
However, there is an easy way to convince me and others who object to this attitude. These players and other celebrities could simply recite the Pledge of Allegiance as a demonstration that they are concerned about certain situations, but not opposed to our country.
Bill Leavitt, Valparaiso
Congratulations to Boone Grove Wolves
Congratulations, Boone Grove Wolves, on your first sectional win. You all rock.
Good luck Friday against North Newton! We will be there to support all of you.
Nannette Ames, Valparaiso