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July 21, 2012

CHEERS & JEERS: July 21-22, 2012



... 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


... 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


... 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

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