Stout are leaders
The citizens of Howard County are extraordinary people.
They are still standing after taking a fourfold punch from a declining economy. They suffered through a housing market crash that cost them 30 percent of their wealth. They watched General Motors, which at its peak had employed 14,000 local people, diminish to almost nothing.
They saw a large portion of county property annexed into the city of Kokomo, which forced many townships into deficit, and near $4-a-gallon gas at the pumps, just to increase the pain.
That’s why Howard County is in need of leaders like Jeff Stout, Stan Ortman and James Papacek, who collectively have decades of experience in balancing budgets. They work well together, and they will fight the battles that Howard County must win to avoid the fiscal disasters that are bankrupting local governments all over the country.
This is not the time for on-the-job training; it is the time for experience and proven leadership.
Munoz knows what
it takes to grow
I think it is time that our community takes a stand against the good-ol’-boy club that is county government.
We have multiple members of the current county council, or those who are running for office, who have as many as seven consecutive terms. If we keep electing the same people, how can we expect different results?
It is time for new ideas and a new perspective on the issues facing the people locally. We need someone who understands what it takes to make a community grow in today’s economy. We need someone who is willing to do more than the bare minimum because he cares about the future of Howard County.
Having young children, I want to know there is a future for them to grow up and raise their families here, just like I did.
We cannot stand by idly and wait anymore. We need Paul Munoz fighting for us in county government. That is why he has my vote on Nov. 6th.
Ritz will stand
for public schools
Some might not be aware that state school superintendent is an elected office. But it’s an important one, and there are many reasons why we need the changes that candidate Glenda Ritz will bring to the position.
The current state superintendent has tried to take the “public” out of public instruction. He said our problem was that we needed better teachers, but then he lowered licensing standards.
Our tax dollars are now diverted out of Indiana to privately owned, for-profit charter school companies. A single, high-stakes test can determine whether a student passes to the fourth grade. Collective bargaining rights have been stripped. School administrators are saddled with the state’s cumbersome teacher evaluation method.
And most disturbing, he wants the state to take over not just troubled schools, but entire school districts. And by “state,” he means outsourcing to privately owned charter school companies that operate from other states. Local control of our schools is in jeopardy.
In contrast, Glenda Ritz decided to take a stand and run for office after seeing 9-year-old students with stress symptoms like vomiting and crying from the fear of not getting promoted to the fourth grade if they failed the IREAD-3 exam. Her common sense told her that success or failure shouldn’t be based on a single test.
Glenda Ritz’s Washington Township school is both an Indiana Four Star School and national Blue Ribbon School, so she knows what works. She serves on the board of directors of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, so she knows what it takes.
She has pledged to seek local input before forming policy, so she knows that good ideas don’t just come from the Statehouse. And she does not accept campaign money from out-of-state special interests like charter school or testing companies, because she knows what is right.
If you’re undecided how to vote on this, do your own “test” – ask a teacher or administrator how things have been for them the last three-and-a-half years. I was a public school teacher for 22 years and have family in education.
Please consider each candidate on the ballot carefully. I hope you will join me and take a stand for public education by making Glenda Ritz our next state superintendent of schools. Thanks so much for your time.
Julie Tucker Wallyn
May 24, 2013: Letters to the editor
Commissioner takes both sides of issue
Much like John Kerry several years ago, Paul Wyman seems to have actually voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it. This chap cannot seem to make up his mind on the issue of industrial wind complexes.
May 23, 2013: Letters to the editor
Let people be free; legalize use of drugs
I think it is an unfortunate display of unbridled power fueled by mistaken notions about the consequences of drug usage, production and distribution that two raids were allowed to take place in Kokomo.
May 22, 2013: Letters to the editor
Servicemen enemies of U.S. Constitution?
One of the enduring features of our constitutional republic is the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing. The current administration has decided to develop new policies on religious tolerance in the military.
May 21, 2013: Letters to the editor
Tipton development: A study in contrasts
These are exciting times for Tipton County, with Chrysler coming to the county and bringing more than 800 legitimate jobs.
Letter to the Editor: May 13, 2013
Good people wouldn’t do this to their neighbors. This common refrain is being heard over eastern Howard County where industrial development is planned for our farmland in the form of massive wind turbines.
Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2013
How fortunate, that after years of trying to bring top-notch wind energy companies to Tipton County, this great choice is here for us — just at the right time. Tipton County badly needs the revenue from clean wind farm companies.
Letter to the Editor: May 10, 2013
As a taxpayer and concerned citizen of eastern Howard County, I have read some of the latest scholarly and peer-reviewed information available on industrial wind turbines. It’s not something I ever wanted to do or expected to do, and I do not pretend to be an expert even after reading much information.
Letters to the Editor: May 9, 2013
More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana Legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children isn’t important.
Letters to the Editor: May 8, 2013
The citizens of Howard County have watched Tipton County’s elected officials deal with growing opposition to wind farms. They have responded to the concern of their citizens and are reviewing their ordinances related to wind development.
May 5, 2013: Letters to the editor
All at IU Kokomo deserve recognition
This week, nearly 550 Indiana University Kokomo students will reach a milestone they will treasure for a lifetime when they become IU Kokomo's newest graduates.
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