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February 12, 2013



In my opinion, if the above resolution and bill become law, they will infringe upon the rights of the people to protect their health and their environment. If you feel the same, please contact Hoosiers for Humane Animal Agriculture at

— William Wilson, Jeffersonville


Basketball coach gives praise to Franz

I have enjoyed reading about the honors bestowed on Clarksville High School basketball legend Chuck Franz this winter. I have never met Chuck, nor did I ever see him play, except on TV when I was a kid while he played for Indiana University. 

My admiration for Mr. Franz came from something I once read in one of Steve Alford’s books. As described by Mr. Alford, early in Mr. Franz’s senior season at IU, Alford, a freshman, abruptly was told to replace Franz in the starting lineup. Franz, who had played significantly in his earlier years at IU, only played sparingly his senior year, playing behind the freshman Alford. 

Alford wrote in his book “Playing for Knight” how much he learned from Franz after he replaced him.

“I noticed how Chuck responded to the embarrassment of being replaced by a freshman ... he never pouted or got down on himself. As the days went by, he never showed any resentment toward me and he helped me in every way he could, offering me encouragement and advice with a ready smile.”

Chuck Franz, apparently, was beyond a great basketball player — he also is a great man.

— Lou Lefevre, head coach, Providence boys' basketball, Clarksville


Reader builds his case

Attention Ruthanne Wolfe [Jan. 28 letter to the editor] and all those proposing gun regulation: A man was severely beaten in New Albany by a two-by-four. Does this fact make you want to ban two-by-fours?

It would be very hard to build a house or anything without them, huh?

— Mason Gary, Clarksville

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