"David Hoppe shows his courage in tackling the problems of pollution, and how Indiana’s politicians appear to do as little as they can get away with in cleaning up our dirty state (Hoppe, “Environmental (mis)Management,” Nov. 21-28).
Our streams are fouled, our air is jeopardized, we shoot rarely-seen wild turkeys and we pay a lot in taxes, which seem to get spent more on projects that help trucking and foreign corporations than our own people and state.
When I was a kid, jobs came from people like Herman Krannert, P.R. Mallory, the Stokelys and numerous other entrepreneurs like Lyman Ayres and the Block brothers. Only during the depression was government involved with job creation.
Today’s elected officials seem willing to swap pristine Indiana land for anything that might add a few jobs, never mind helping farmers stay farmers. Short-sightedness seems a virtue in Indiana.
Steel mills came to the “region” to draw on cheap labor and lots of lake water. There went the neighborhood, which, had steel-making not happened, would be a tourist magnet as great as any ocean property.
Paving over and polluting Indiana is not my idea of progress.
Robert S. Corya