Voice of the People
Laura Blaney takes me to task for criticizing the leadership of CAPIT
without learning their actual stance. My experience at the Expo Center, and
Ms. Blaney’s response to my letter simply reinforce my belief that CAPIT
relies on rumor, speculation, and fear mongering.
Ms. Blaney admits that CAPIT has heard the rumors about the intended route,
and that this is, indeed, a rumor. No one from CAPIT has done anything to
dispel this false notion; to me, this suggests that their leaders are
content to allow this mistruth to spread, as it generates anxiety, and
garners more support for their cause.
Every form letter I received at the Expo Center, and even Ms. Blaney’s two
letters to the Chesterton Tribune, mentioned the possibility of a foreign
entity operating this proposed tollway. Mere speculation; no bids or
contracts are even in existence.
Even if a foreign firm won the contract, why would that be harmful? Foreign
interests have invested in many areas of the U.S. economy, and, so far, I
haven’t seen any evidence that they are out to destroy us. Do you like to
shop at Southlake Mall? Did you know that it is owned by an Australian
concern? Many people in Northwest Indiana purchase water from the
Indiana-American Water Company. The owners? A German firm. BP Amoco, one of
NWI’s largest employers, is British-owned. Bethlehem Steel, after falling
into bankruptcy, is now owned by an Indian-European consortium. The American
taxpayers bailed out the Chrysler Corporation - the present owners?
DaimlerChrysler of Germany.
All these businesses provide jobs and services for many Americans, even to
you, your friends, and neighbors. Foreign investment in this country has a
beneficial effect on our economy, and suggesting that it would be
detrimental to the building and operation of a tollroad is fear-mongering at
its worst – look up xenophobia in the dictionary.
For these reasons, I stand by the opinions stated in my previous letter.