Civility Counts . . .unless you disagree, then you must be marginalized
January 1, 2018-Happy New Year from your news source that strives to not call you names. Unfortunately for those looking for open and honest debate about one of the most important issues in the area, The Times has chosen to resort to name calling rather than inform or educate. In an editorial today, the Don Fesko/Community Foundation funded One Region Times stooped to calling those who disagree with the transformation of the region “fringe social media groups.” As has always been the case, Civility Counts unless you disagree.
The use of the term “fringe” is a new, and likely intentional, level in the Times/One Region attack on residents. A quick search of the use of the term sees that it is often associated with neo-nazi’s, antifa and violent separatists. In the past The Community Foundation sponsored Times has referred to those who oppose their billion dollar tax and spend plans as “keyboard snipers” and “extremists.” Despite the fact that their own polling (see above) shows that the train is not favored by on overwhelming majority of residents throughout the region, it seems that the Times Editorial Board, must portray the majority opinion as that of a small group of “naysayers” to appease their corporate overlords-NIPSCO and Community Foundation. Simply questioning their plan to tax you and spend billions of dollars is all that is necessary to warrant the demeaning labels. As we know from NIPSCO’s Don Babcock, they would prefer that those naysayers just get out and make way for the droves of Illinois residents who are waiting in the wings to repopulate the region.
While the Times/One Region attack on the residents of the region is maddening, it strengthens our resolve to provide ACCURATE information regarding those who stand to profit from the Visclosky/Slager Regional Transformation Plan and how those plans will affect you. In an effort to do that, we need to hear from you. Please read the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority Strategic Comprehensive Plan for your community. Give us your thoughts and opinions on the plans regarding the West Lake Extension, Double Tracking and Transit Oriented Development. You can leave a comment here or submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org We will use them, pro and con, in an upcoming article.