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December 2, 2011

CHEERS & JEERS: Dec. 3-4

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — JEERS

... to the frenzy of Black Friday and the stores who keep opening earlier. The holidays should be about spending time with family and friends, not fighting crowds for $3 waffle irons. I'm sure the people who made the decision to open stores earlier got to spend the holiday with their family, but their employees weren't so lucky. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because you're giving them a part of your life. It's worth much more than anything you could find at a Black Friday sale.

— Copy Editor Michael Reschke

JEERS

... to the Indiana University football program. It just amazes me how a state university, with all of its resources and updated facilities, could field such a lousy football team year after year. They not only lost all but one of their games, they were beaten by an average of three touchdowns a game. It’s embarrassing to those of us who love the sport and the school. Hopefully, one day, the Hoosiers will win a Big Ten game and maybe even qualify for a bowl game. I just hope I live long enough to see it.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris

CHEERS

... to the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and Horseshoe Southern Indiana for awarding 37 organizations a total of $358,725 in grants Wednesday afternoon. Since the organization was established in 1999 as Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, the casino now known as Horseshoe Southern Indiana has awarded $24.9 million to nonprofit agencies in partnership with New Albany and Floyd County officials. It’s amazing looking back how so many people were against a casino coming to New Albany. The boat was going to bring crime and prostitutes and so on to the city, opponents said. Well, I haven’t seen too many prostitutes walking along Ind. 111, only drunk drivers who make life-altering decisions by deciding to drive under the influence along one of the county’s most dangerous roads en route to the casino.

If people would have only opened their eyes and looked into the future, the boat could have been in New Albany, and Floyd County residents, organizations, schools and yes, the parks department, would have benefited from it for years to come. Even though the casino is in Harrison County, after voters here said NO twice, worthy organizations are still enjoying rewards through the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris

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