In numerous ways, the town of Goshen is a wonderful place to live; however, I am very disappointed with the attitudes and prejudices that sometimes pop up in this community. In my opinion, the Feb. 12 letter to the editor (by Bob and Deb Clarke) about “illegals” seemed laced with hatred and disrespect for the undocumented people in Goshen. I regret that fear and misinformation is used to promote prejudice in our community. Immigration issues are complex, with no easy solutions. I commend the city for having conversations with our Hispanic friends and families as we work on immigration matters. In the meantime, couldn’t we show compassion and understanding for those you are just trying to find a better life for their families (aren’t we all?).
One major falsehood that is continually promoted by folks like Rush Limbaugh is that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes. That simply is not true. Many undocumented workers must pay federal, state and local taxes. These taxes are collected by the employers. These folks buy gasoline, clothing and other products that are taxed. So it is simply false to state that they do not pay taxes.
I want immigrant families to know that they are welcome in Goshen and not everyone feels the way the Clarkes do.
— Joyce Hostetler
Let the people vote on original HJR 3
The Indiana Senate is taking up the marriage amendment this week. I want to encourage the senators to restore the original language of HJR 3 and vote “yes” so that all Hoosiers can vote on this important issue this November.
I also want senators to think. You know how the surveys interpret the feelings of the people of Indiana. You know that the voters have jobs, families and obligations at home. We can’t run to Indy to make a “show” of support for every issue that comes along. We shouldn’t be jamming your inboxes. We don’t want to turn our statehouse into a circus. And we feel it’s childish to robo-dial calls to your staff as if voting for “American Idol” singers. We’ve let you know how we feel through your surveys and town hall meetings and we have elected you to represent us. It’s your job to do that.
The House knew how voters felt and yet many of the representatives listened to out-of-state activists and paid lobbyists and then let us down. Shame on them. We don’t want to be disenfranchised. Hopefully the Senate will have more respect for voters and let the people vote.
Due to the disappointment in the House, many representatives are now facing so much opposition in their districts that there have recently been many primary opponents put up against them. In House District 22, we are moving away from the representative who has not been listening to us or representing our values. It’s time for Rebecca Kubacki to stop “pretending” she represents us and go home. Curt Nisly has conservative values that reflect this district, plus he has promised to really listen to us and to represent us in Indy. Choose wisely. Vote Nisly.
— Debra Spencer
A vote by the Indiana Senate on Thursday assured that HJR-3 will not be on the ballot this November. See story on page A1 of today’s paper for more details – Editor