News and Tribune

September 17, 2012

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 18


Reader wonders, ‘Where is the outrage?’

We should be concerned about the food we put in our children’s bodies, but where is the concern for what we put in their minds and hearts?

I agree we need to educate children and parents on how to eat healthy balanced diets and to exercise regularly. I am not convinced this can be legislated, but must be more of an education program directed to the public. Obesity has become a serious problem in this nation and we can do better.

But what about the concern for what we put into our children’s minds and hearts. Look at the shows on TV early in the evening, the music our children listen to and what is available on the Internet. Look at the example our leaders set: A president participates in oral sex with a young female intern, a vice president use obscenity in public.

Our first family watches shows like “Modern Family” and “Glee,” and has the cast to the White House. Do you know what these shows promote. Do your care?

All of these types of media are filled with violence toward one another, sexual violence toward women, sexual activity at any age, pornography and so much more. Where is the concern and outrage at this? Is it any wonder that our young people disregard most authority figures, our schools are failing in the world, sexually transmitted diseases are prevalent and bullying and other violence is increasing?

I am a grandmother who is outraged by what I see. I am an American citizen concerned for the future of our children and our country.

Where is our moral compass? So again I ask, where is the outrage?

— Winnie Walker, Jeffersonville

Support for Jacob’s Well urged

Why when good people in a community try to help others, why do people usually pop-up to halt a worthwhile good for the community? I am on the mission team at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in New Albany. Our Missions are local. Jacob’s Well is just one of the many missions we have in our community.

Our mission team went to Utica to see a good staff helping women and families for them to build a life for themselves. The staff came to the church for a Jacob’s Well day to meet our team and congregation where they were given funds needed.

Your community should be proud to have Jacob’s Well providing hope for these lives.

— Don Belcher, Clarksville

Reader upset with response from police

To Jeffersonville residents,

Recently, we had an incident in our neighborhood. I heard some commotion and went to investigate. I found my wife in a verbal confrontation with three unknown young men. I stood on my front stoop and bit my tongue while I listened to these boys berate my wife.

I stepped in when they dipped down behind a neighbors vehicle and said let’s see what’s inside. I know they were only being smart alecks, but I had had enough. I walked over and told them to get out of here.

I started following these boys as they were slinging verbal slurs at me. My wife called 911 while I escorted them out of our neighborhood.

When they saw a police cruiser they jumped a nearby fence. After they came out, I again followed as they were running through backyards and bringing others outside.

A friend then pulled up in his truck. As I was explaining the situation to him, he was pelted with rocks. He gave chase while I waited for police.

When the law arrived, we had stopped one of the boys after they had broken a neighbor’s fence. What happened next was surprising. The first cop on the scene started berating us. He commenced telling us what we were doing was a borderline felony.

I was not about to get into a verbal confrontation with a belligerent cop, but never once did any officer ask me what happened. I would have explained how these young imps were verbally abusing my wife (borderline terroristic threatening?) and were shining lights into cars and homes.

I don’t know what these boys were up to. All I wanted was an officer to explain to them that these types of actions were unacceptable and maybe put a little fear into them. Instead all they found was being young punks is OK and the cops have their backs. Kids like this don’t get the proper direction at home and we as citizens rely on law enforcement for help.

After I see how the law responds, I defy anyone to tell me I can protect my home and neighborhood. This kind of stuff doesn’t go on in my home and I’ll be damned if it is going to happen anywhere when I’m around.

So if your neighborhood is full of hooliganism, you can at least partially thank the JPD.

— Ed Johnson, Jeffersonville