There can be nothing said or done to bring back the three children killed on Ind. 25 on Oct. 30, at approximately 7:15 a.m. Anyone who talks about this will shed many tears as it is discussed. I am agreeable with the changes being made within the school system by their changing the pickup stops, and bringing attention to the rest of the state that anything to protect our children on the school bus must be done.
But the one huge problem here is the dark of night. If Indiana was on Central Time with Chicago, as it should be, instead of on New York time, this accident would have happened one hour later. It would have been daylight. It is true that it may still have happened. It is also true it may not have happened. Two things we can say without any argument at all. Everyone involved in this accident would have gotten one more hour of sleep. This accident would have happened in the daylight. I personally feel that it might not have happened if everyone had more rest, and they could see better.
We must return Indiana to Central Time. I would like to see Indiana return to Central Time and stay on the Central Daylight time year around, but if we can't achieve that, we must return to Central Time. When the states around us change their time, we could change with them as we do now.
Write, call, email, text, any way to contact your senator, your representative, and don't forget out Gov. Holcomb. Please do this and do not stop until we return to Central Time.
— Larry E. Rensberger, Syracuse
Curtis Hill should be impeached
Unlike former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill does not have the integrity to resign in the face of damning evidence.
I urge the (members of) Indiana General Assembly to show us that they are serious about having a zero-tolerance policy by impeaching him at the next session. In addition, the state licensing board should be using the special prosecutor’s report as the foundation to strip him of his license to practice law. The board would be able to cross examine him under oath.
It is important for as much as possible of either path to removal be open to the public.
— Joe Lehman, Goshen
Prosecuting excessive force instances is in everyone’s interest
Everyone in Elkhart County should read the excellent series of articles by The South Bend Tribune and ProPublica detailing the culture of excessive force and misconduct that has persisted in the Elkhart Police Department for decades — a culture that was frequently ignored, covered-up, and/or exploited by prosecutors and pro-prosecution judges.
Those who doubt this need only look at recent events: According to the Indianapolis Star, former prosecutor (now Attorney General) Curtis Hill recently lamented, after being accused of “inappropriately touching” four women, that “Apparently in this climate, the standard is guilty, but who cares if you’re innocent.” Yet Hill’s alleged concern for “innocence” apparently did not extend to Keith Cooper, since Hill argued against a pardon for Cooper, despite evidence of his innocence.
And let’s not forget that the recent battery charges brought against two Elkhart police officers did not occur for 11 months, and only after the Tribune requested video of the incident.
It’s time to realize that condemning and prosecuting excessive force and police misconduct is not an attack on all police officers. In reality, it can protect officers who do not engage in such activities from being stereotyped as abusers, and it can also protect the innocent from being wrongfully charged and convicted.
— David R. Hoffman, Mishawaka