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December 11, 2012

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Dec. 11

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Reader seeks cooperation, understanding in politics

Dear Republican friends,

Get a grip. Not all of us who voted for President Barack Obama were influenced by Marxist glory, or flower power or the desire to masticate the Republican Party.

Some of us are just garden-variety Democrats who also voted for Republicans we happened to like. Losing a presidential election does not mean that the Republican Party is powerless. They still have everything they had before Nov. 6 — strongholds in several states, state governments (Indiana for example) and many local governments. Its leaders still have their enormous wealth and their leadership positions in business and society.

It seems to be true that the United States is headed in a different direction, whether its for better or worse, only time will tell. The world is changing. Technology, immigration, new ideas and the forces beyond our control might cause our country to go far left on some issues and to the extreme right on others.

Calling each other bad names doesn’t seen to be helpful. We need to work together to keep our country that best in the world, Bipartianship, tripartianship and nonpartisanship, it seems to me, should go a long way toward keeping a strong democratic government that is the light of the world.

— Flora Clipper, Jeffersonville

Thanks for helping make New Albany great

On Saturday, Nov. 17, while many people were preparing for the upcoming holiday, a small but diligent band of about 30 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to clean, weed, plant, mulch, fill planters and in general, beautify downtown New Albany. This was an initiative of Keep New Albany Clean and Green and it was inspiring to see the community come together to make this happen.

Thirty planters filled with winter kale and pansies were placed around the downtown area. The following weekend, another 30 were planted and placed. They look great.

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and Samtec for providing the necessary funds to purchase the planters. Thank you MainSource Bank for doughnuts, coffee and water to support the volunteers and sincere appreciation goes to the many volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.

The city has come such a long way in the past few years but there is still so much more that can be done to make New Albany even a greater town. If we continue to work together for the common good, the city will continue to attract business and New Albany will be a destination. Look for even more great things to come and find ways to get involved. This is what makes out community great.

— Jerry Finn, New Albany

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