News and Tribune

August 24, 2013

CHEERS & JEERS — For Aug. 24



... to the Henryville parade planners.

Henryville always honors its country by having a color guard lead its parades. The other cities should follow suit.

Also cheers (and tears) to having the Moore, Okla., participants in the parade; what a thoughtful idea.

— Marjorie Cox, Henryville



... to the injustice to Floyd County.

I live in Floyd County and we are forced to pay for the third trial of David Camm when he was already found guilty of murdering his family in the first two trials.

Floyd County does not have the budget to pay again. Justice would be Camm paying for his own trial.

— Jackie Baumann, Sellersburg

Editor’s note: Both Camm convictions were overturned by a higher court. The third trial is ongoing in Boone County.



... to all the people responsible for bringing the traveling Vietnam Wall to Clarksville. They did a fantastic job and deserve to be applauded.

— Charlie Wyzard, Clarksville



... to Floyd County YMCA and Floyd Memorial Hospital.

These two organizations have an ongoing dedication to the well-being of our community. Given the touchy, iffy, even unpopular and political nature of health care in our society today, both the Y and FMH continue to bring wellness screenings to the community, most free of charge.

Recently, a free skin screening — hands on performed by a leading dermatologist in our town — detected basil cell skin cancer which I will have excised this week.

— William Longest, New Albany



... to the New Albany Police Department and all officers involved in the outstanding police work done in the case of the double homicide of Gary Henderson and Asenath Arnold.

Gary’s Horse Drawn Carriage rides was a big hit at local events. He will be missed.

— William A. Heishman, New Albany, former Harrison County Sheriff



... to Greater Clark County Schools cutting 10 minutes off the morning drop-off time for elementary students.

This is creating a traffic nightmare, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and late students, not to mention the hundreds of parents that are either late to work or stressed out from the morning commute. They are faced with a ton of complaints and their solution is to look at the traffic pattern.

You can’t get over 600 kids into a school in less than 15 minutes; it is that simple.

— Courtney Howerton, Jeffersonville



... to the News and Tribune for making a irate customer very happy.

Two week ago, I paid $21 for my yard sale ad to run Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I was having my sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It did not run the first day, Thursday, so I went down and was told I would get a $7 refund for the one day that it did not run.

Well, today I got a check for $21. Way to make a customer happy.

Thanks, News and  Tribune.

— Janet Sprague



... to the News and Tribune for its coverage of the Giants in the Faith event.

It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon honoring God, and also honoring the men and women who gave of themselves so much to spread the word of God to their families, neighbors and fellow man.

The small acts of charity toward everyone to give the glory and honor to God. These small acts of charity, kindness, respect and helping rarely make the news, but it is these actions that keep our community blessed.

All these people who were recognized as Giants in the Faith are just everyday Christians and residents of New Albany. What a confronting thought to know that there are people praying for our local government — people, firemen, policemen and so on.Please next year give this event front-page coverage.

Thank you and God bless you.

— Shirley Emerson, New Albany



... to Major League Baseball.

How can MLB disgrace the game of baseball by allowing performance-enhancing drug-using Alex Rodriguez to continue to play.

He should be banned for life. You banned Pete Rose for gambling. That is not nearly as bad as drugs.

What kind of example are you setting for young players? It is a shame the New York Yankee organization is allowing this to happen. I have never liked them for buying their championships. Win it the right way. You are robbing honest players the chance to win.

All A-Rod’s records should be erased. The back of his baseball cards should be blank or labeled “cheater.” Shame on MLB for comparing this PED jerk to Musial, Aaron, Mantle or any of the greats of the game.

PEDs should be one strike and a lifetime ban period, just like you do gambling. You didn’t give Rose a second chance, nor Joe Jackson or the others.

But, no, the Yankees need help from Mr. PED.

Shame on both of you and the Players Association for fighting for this clown.

— Sincere baseball fan George L. Dorman, Clarksville

Editor’s note: Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez, but he continues to play on appeal of that suspension. Additional note: Mr. Dorman’s letter was sealed with a Boston Red Sox logo sticker. There’s nothing like a good rivalry.


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