News and Tribune

July 9, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For July 9


Reader wants lower bills, no pond in Jeff

In the day and age where every agency that supplies a utility is out to raise the cost, the city of Jeffersonville is no better. 

More than five years ago, we were told the famous words of the EPA mandate and that our sewer bills were going to rise over the course of five years to pay for the necessary measures to bring our city within compliance. Now, five years have come and gone and no one in our city has seen this bill go down. 

To add insult to injury, the mayor wants us to build a retention pond at the end of Eighth Street to gather water. A year ago, the mayor expressed his desire into making this a park with pond, and I feel most of the residents of that neighborhood did not want it. The residents had to watch during the summer as this area become overgrown with weeds and rodents.

Once again, the notion of a pond is being pushed by our mayor and what the engineering firm believes will be a solution. I wish the city would make more of an effort to stop and take the time to listen to the residents there about the flooding and what we see every time it rains. 

Instead, we want to throw away money on another park project and assign it to a Parks Department that already has a strapped budget. I think its time that the city leaders start listening to the residents where these projects are going into and get their feedback on the possible aftermath. 

After all people, it is our money being thrown away.

 — Fred Collins, Jeffersonville

 

Reader defends Tea Party, calls out liberals

What Tea Party members stand for is honesty, something liberals — yes liberal, a word does not change its meaning just to satisfy leftist whims — will apparently never embrace. 

Truth and honesty make liberals quiver in their boots. At judgment day they will reap what they sew. Lying, cheating, stealing and the murder of innocent babies will finally catch up with them.

— Mason Gary, Clarksville

 

Reader: Important Clarksville meeting set for tonight

The committee that was charged with evaluating and recommending what Clarksville should do on the town vs. city issue will hold a meeting starting at 7 p.m. today, July 9, at Clarksville Town Hall.

Though some changes may occur, the committee’s agenda is as follows:

• Provide information on its evaluation process;

• Present findings;

• Present its proposed recommendation and basis for its recommendation;

• Review next steps, which include 30 days to provide public written comments and then a final committee review of comments and vote; and

• Listen to public comment on the proposed recommendation — the time for each speaker will be limited to a few minutes each and a request to stay on town/city topic.

I have no idea if you’ll be able to ask questions.

Additionally, right at this moment, without reviewing my notes, I have no idea of voting by district, which is required by cities, entered into their calculus when they make their presentation. I can say from asking many people across the town that district voting is almost universally the highest priority when it comes to pure politics and the only reason some would favor a city to obtain their given right our founding fathers wanted.

Please take the small amount of time and make plan to attend this vital meeting.

— John Krueger, Clarksville