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November 22, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Nov. 23-24

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... to the New Albany City Council for publicly opposing Indiana House Joint Resolution 6, commonly called the same-sex marriage ban amendment.

The state legislation, though, is more than that, as it also does not recognize civil unions.

New Albany is one of the first cities in Indiana to take a public stand on the issue. It comes at a time when public opinion about gay marriage bans has swayed to the point where most people don’t have a problem with who people choose to marry.

It’s also a business-friendly move for the city, as the list of Indiana employers, universities and business organizations who feel the same way as the city council grows.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... to the volunteers and organizations honored Thursday by March2Recovery, an nonprofit that formed after the March 2, 2012, tornadoes to help those affected by the storms.

According to a Friday News and Tribune article, there were more than 1,200 volunteers involved in the recovery in Henryville, Marysville, Borden, Pekin and surrounding communities. They raised more than $3.2 million to fund the effort.

“There is not a person who has been involved in this process, including myself, whose life has not been changed by this experience,” said Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, chairwoman of March2Recovery.

Those are fitting words from an organization which helped so many people with shelter, food and advice over the past 20 months.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

CHEERS

... to a federal court decision which could lead to the blighted former Peddler’s Mall property off Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville to be sold.

The property could soon become very attractive for development, with construction to begin soon on Clarksville’s New Tech High School nearby.

The U.S. Marshals’ sale of the property could take place after 30 days have passed. Here’s hoping a developer with a vision lands the winning bid.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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