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July 30, 2008

LETTERS: July 31, 2008

Reader sadly disappointed by ruling

I usually support most high-profile cases the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office handles, but this Stephen Westerfield case is like something out of a bad movie.

How on earth can the state of Indiana possibly approve of a former police officer, who has admittedly molested his own foster children, serving less than a year in prison for the crime?

I’ve met people who have served twice as much time for being a habitual traffic offender.

What type of message does that send to the community?

It is never a good day when the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office gets ridiculed on both sides of the razor-wire fence. It is a sad disappointment really.

— Matthew Chinn, Jeffersonville

Indiana prepares for future

“The state is on firm ground,” said State Auditor TIm Barry.

Indiana is in better financial shape than many states. You may have read the news recently that the state ended the year with a balanced budget due to cutbacks and delayed projects, which helped overspending. State officials announced July 17 that this year, when other surrounding states struggled with deficits and massive spending cuts, Indiana closed out fiscal 2008 with its budget in balance and money in the bank.

The state government spent about $321 million less than it received in revenue, thanks in part to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ order that state agencies curtail costs.

I don’t know about you, but with all the wasteful government spending in Washington, the leadership being initiated by Gov. Daniels is very refreshing regarding a balanced budget and the financial standing of our state.

After reading the update on the state’s balanced budget, it was reported that Gov. Mitch Daniels had transferred $83 million to schools in an effort to avoid what many states with huge budget deficits are doing — cutting funding to education. There is now $400 million in the school reserve account that could be tapped into to help fund public schools.

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