The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:13 PM EDT
To the Editor:
In light of the sequestration, it is crucial that the United States government realizes the importance of foreign aid spending and its positive impact on the U.S. economy. We must realize that money spent on foreign development is not simply aid, it's investment.
In today's world, 95 percent of potential consumers for U.S. products live outside of the United States. This translates to an enormous and untapped potential for an increase in consumption of U.S. products and subsequent economic boost. However, in order to create these markets, we must first, as a nation, help these people transition out of poverty, through our International Affairs budget and USAID programs, so that they evolve into consumers.
In June of 2011 over 50 U.S. companies urged Congress to protect the International Affairs budget in order to protect their growing markets. In light of the recent budget cuts, this plea is even more pertinent.
We must stop viewing foreign assistance in a negative light. Aid in the form of the Marshall Plan post World War II has translated back into an annual $240 billion return. Clearly this budget is not merely aid, it's an investment that has the potential for real growth in our struggling economy, and for that reason it must be protected.
I am writing to express my disappointment in our Danville Police Department.
A former Danville Police Officer with an excellent record while on the force recently passed away. The family requested one police officer for a couple of hours to stand in uniform at the foot of the deceased's casket during the service.
This was important to the family and payment was offered.
The Danville Police Department was contacted in March of the expected death of this former officer. Mr. Gary Edwards quickly and sincerely responded to the request and was very helpful. Because Officer Edwards was retiring, the message was passed to the current Chief of Police in Danville. With no response from him, two e-mails were sent again directly to him with no response. Several phone calls were made, along with a couple of visits to the department when the death occurred, with still no response.
I am appalled that a police department in our community is this cold and disrespectful to one of their own. The Danville Police Department currently has a poor reputation and I can see why.
Now I understand why the deceased former officer resigned his position with the Danville force years ago. Obviously nothing has changed. Perhaps the current chief of police could take a few lessons of police etiquette from retired Officer Gary Edwards.
Family of David A. Ogden
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