News and Tribune

November 5, 2013


Reader disagrees with councilman’s comment

This letter is in regards to New Albany Councilman Bob Caesar’s recent comment, “I think a lot of people would be happy to pay” to have yard waste removed.

I thought you had to go at least to Indianapolis or for sure to Washington to find politicians out of touch with reality. But folks, it’s right here in River City.

Caesar forgot the “politician’s favorite line” that you only have to pay 20 percent — the rest is from Washington. And while we’re at it, why don’t we just put a small cloverleaf interchange at Klerner Lane and Mt. Tabor Road insisted of a roundabout.

Let’s just remove some politicians from office. Then we can really say we’ve paid for waste removal.

— Ken Adams, New Albany

Reader relieved with Camm verdict

I just heard the news that David Camm was found not guilty. It’s about time.

To think this man was locked up for 13 years because of a rush to judgment and mourning the loss of his precious family breaks my heart. It’s a shame our society has been so inundated with stories of unspeakable acts that we choose to believe the worst about someone before we ever search for the truth.

I pray the man can find some joy and peace in what remains of his life as well as all the other family members in this horrible tragedy. May God be with you all.

“Three things cannot be long hidden; the sun, the moon and the truth” — Buddha

— Kim Poore, Jeffersonville

Reader: Obama’s team can’t administer health care

I hope the Republicans are able to convey the message that this Obamacare roll-out fiasco illustrates the general truism that central planning is ill-equipped, likely totally incapable, of administering anything as complex as one-sixth of the American economy. The machinations of a free market are far better equipped for that daunting task.  

And as far as the solution to be produced by the “tech hot shots” that we are promised will shortly fix all the problems, I am certain that their egos will quickly multiply the problems dramatically.

For example, every time TV news plays the Emperor promising that “if you like your health care plan you can keep it,” over his left shoulder is President Obama insider Jon Corzine, the former Democratic senator and New Jersey governor who became the CEO of MF Global, a relatively obscure Wall Street brokerage firm. Within the space of one year, after Corzine had illegally squandered the funds in clients’ accounts to try to keep the ship afloat after super risky investments he had directed rendered the firm insolvent, the firm filed for bankruptcy and listed $39.68 billion in liabilities .

And Corzine, by the way, has yet to be indicted for his criminal actions that doubtless imposed financial ruin upon countless innocent investors. Is that a portent of results to be expected if this White House gang and their insider buddies try to administer the health care system?

— Thomas Sinex, SellersburgReader: Obama’s team can’t administer health care

Reader has questions about speed monitoring

While reading Wednesday’s News & Tribune I noticed a proclamation by Maj. Keith Whitlow of the New Albany Police Department, that there would no longer be any need to monitor the speeding on East Elm Street. This apparently was based on information obtained while monitoring the speeding. He reported to the Board of Public Works and Safety that out of 45 cars only two were issued summonses for going 40-plus mph and 48 mph. The rest of the vehicles were averaging 35 mph.

I’m wondering how he arrived at the figure “averaging 35 mph.” Did half of the vehicles go 40 mph and the other half go 30 mph, thus 35 mph? Or were all of the vehicles going 35 mph. Either way going 35 mph in a residential area should not have been tolerated.

Another thing that I am concerned about is, where was the NAPD vehicle located while doing the monitoring? Could it have been on 11th Street from where I saw a NAPD vehicle, with lights going, coming in pursuit of a speeding vehicle. If so, that is less than 200 feet from the 10th Street stop sign and cars are still in second gear. Which leads me to wonder how fast they would have been clocked at if the NAPD vehicle would have been doing the monitoring at 13th Street.

I am not a troublemaker, nor am I some sort of activist. I am a 73-year young man who wishes to see everyone reach 73 years of age.

— William Transue, New Albany