News and Tribune

July 21, 2012

CHEERS & JEERS: July 21-22, 2012


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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — CHEERS

... to the design plans revealed Thursday for the proposed Big Four Station in downtown Jeffersonville.

The public — especially residents near the proposed park area bordered by Mulberry, Market, Pearl and Maple streets — has been anticipating Mayor Mike Moore’s administration’s plans for the area, which will sit at one end of the under-construction Big Four pedestrian bridge.

The concept unveiled by the city and the Estopinal Group is a winner. It’s classy and modern, and uses components to connect with the feel of the waterfront area of Louisville, which sits at the other end of the Big Four Bridge. It also contains multiple walkways, a small water feature and two open-air lawn areas.

Another positive is that officials are still accepting comments and ideas about what Big Four Station should look like and include. Visit cityofjeff.net to voice your opinion.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to the New Albany City Council members for voting 8-0 to form a municipal Human Rights Commission on Thursday.

The commission will weigh human rights complaints that can be submitted by any New Albany resident. Upholding equal opportunity for education, employment and property acquisition are among the charges of the body. The body will consist of five members, two appointed by the mayor, two selected by the council and the remaining person elected by the four designees.

Along with serving a working function, the move is also symbolic for those who may want to live or work in the city. It’s a step forward in showing that New Albany can be a community that accepts those from all walks of life, of all races, of any sexual orientation.

It’s a small step for sure, because to change actions, you have to change attitudes. But it’s progress nonetheless in making people feel more comfortable and safe in the community.

It’s also a chance for other municipalities or elected bodies to follow suit.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to the organizers of last weekend’s Forecastle Festival at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.

The changes made for the outdoor music festival’s 10th incarnation were largely a positive, including revamping the layout into more of a square, which made for getting from place to place very easy.

The glaring negative I saw was a poor beer selection, as Pabst Blue Ribbon was the only readily available beer sold in more than a thimble-sized container. Next year, I hope festival organizers offer more locally produced options.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



READER CHEERS

... to local columnist Matthew Nash for calling out over-the-top reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in his July 6 opinion piece.

I am a health insurance actuary who over recent years has invested hundreds of hours studying the law. It deeply affects my career, my experience as an American and my infant daughter’s future experiences. I respect others who have also made a significant investment to understand relevant issues and concluded it is a negative thing, although I myself have concluded it is a positive thing.

What I do not respect are individuals who make inflammatory statements or pawn off speculation as certainty. Anyone who engages in rhetoric of the kinds Matthew mentioned does a disservice to their personal honor.

— Dean Ratzlaff, Jeffersonville



READER CHEERS

... for the July 6 Opinions page in the News and Tribune.

The entire page was excellent. Mr. Nash’s column, Mr. Stawar’s editorial; Doonesbury and Mallard Fillmore and Another view. All terrific.

Your paper is a good one, but I can’t remember it or any other newspaper I have ever read getting it all together on one page on the same day. I have lived in and subscribed to and read papers in L.A., D.C., East Lansing, Mich., Owensboro, Ky. and Louisville, so there’s a basis for comparison here.

— J.M. Greene, Jeffersonville



JEERS

... to having an existing pilot house at the Howard Steamboat Museum and now using the same name for the Franklin Square building to house an arts and historic center.

Both venues feature art and history, both downtown Jeffersonville and both will want to court the public. Surely a more clever name could have come from an old school and a cafeteria building — neither one of which brings a “Pilot House” to mind as a steamboat museum does.

— Phyllis Kreutz, Jeffersonville



JEERS

... to some confusing business tactics.

On July 10, I received a call from Insight requesting an appointment to check the “strength of our reception.” The woman caller said the technician would need access into the house at our primary television set to use a meter to check this. I made the appointment for the next afternoon and when the female “representative” arrived in business clothes, driving a personal car, yet with proper identification, I was surprised.

The only thing she did was turn on the television then proceed with her sales pitch of a package deal. It was evident I had been misled and duped into a sales call. I then realized that it was she who had made the appointment and not a scheduler or dispatcher of Insight. This person, whom I shall not name here, used fraudulent means to gain access into our home and Insight is responsible for allowing such a person to invade the privacy of its customers. This should be stopped.

— R E Whelan, New Albany



— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at shea.vanhoy@newsandtribune.com or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.