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Letters to the Editor

January 30, 2014

Local elected officials respond to State of the Union address

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U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman

“Americans don’t want empty slogans and bigger government. Over the past five years, families have paid a high price for this administration’s broken promises — smaller paychecks, health insurance cancellation letters and fewer jobs. This isn’t what a recovery looks like but it’s the same, worn-out approach the president outlined (Tuesday night).

“House Republicans are offering an alternative. We’ve worked to empower families, expand opportunity and end ObamaCare’s pain. We’ve passed dozens of jobs bills — many with bipartisan support — to help get Americans back to work. If President Obama is serious about making 2014 a year of action, he should call on his party’s leaders in the Senate to give these common-sense bills the up-or-down votes they deserve.”

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

“Rather than use this speech to unite our country, the president turned to more political division and even vowed to circumvent the people’s representatives to change existing law with the stroke of his pen.

“President Obama again demonstrated tonight that he is good at making promises, but Hoosiers know that promises don’t matter, actions do. The actions taken by his administration have led to increased spending, more taxes, job losses and a shrinking work force. After five years of this failed strategy, it’s time for a new game plan and new ideas.

“I have put forward a 10-point plan — The Indiana Way — based on bipartisan ideas I gathered from Hoosiers that will strengthen Indiana and our country. Rather than ignore Republican solutions, the president must recognize that in a divided government our country needs a leader that will work with both parties to create the opportunities Americans deserve.”

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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