Letter: Senator’s view is contradictory

I find Sen. Chris Garten arguments in support of rolling back Indiana’s wetlands protections very interesting and surprising [Indiana’s wetland protections are a façade, Forefront, Feb. 12].

He states that “any action that would have an impact on water quality in the state of Indiana is under the jurisdiction of the federal government.” Chris seemingly and dramatically breaks from the standard Republican platform on other related issues on state versus federal oversight.

If the federal government can be trusted with supervising and enforcing environmental law to protect Indiana’s water, why can’t the Republican Party also trust the federal government with overseeing education? Think of all the Indiana tax dollars wasted fighting “No Child Left Behind.”

Why can’t the Republican Party also trust the federal government to supervise and regulate health care? How can Obama care be so bad if the federal government can safely regulate Indiana’s fresh water supply? Why did Indiana spend Hoosier taxpayer dollars fighting this federal mandate?

Better yet, why can’t the rest of the Republican Party support the rule of the land on abortion?

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Anne Coughlan

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