News and Tribune

November 22, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Nov. 23-24


... 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


... 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


... 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


... to the Bozos who complain about severe weather coverage cutting into the coverage of a football game, or any other programming for that matter.

The situation Sunday as storms rolled across the Midwest was a life and death matter for our friends and neighbors in Indiana and Kentucky. I saw complaints on Twitter that Louisville stations had broken into football games to warn people in Bedford, which is about 70 miles from the metro area.

The thing is, people in Lawrence and surrounding counties south of Bloomington can get Louisville TV stations, and those stations do a much better job of covering Southern Indiana than the Indianapolis stations do. I was certainly watching the coverage with interest, not only because it’s part of my job, but because my parents and other family members live in Lawrence County.

Residents count on the meteorologists to warn them and keep them as safe as possible. And storm tracking and forecasting has improved so much — that’s exactly what happened. Although there were several tornadoes around Indiana on Sunday, no one died in the storms in-state.

Sports and entertainment are important in all our lives, but we have to be alive to enjoy them. Let’s keep in mind that this severe weather coverage can help keep us safe.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the arrival of another college basketball season and an IU men’s team that is playing with energy and as much athleticism as I can ever recall out of a Hoosier squad.

There are going to be some growing pains out of the young team, but the squad could be very dangerous come tournament time.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to Party Time Liquors in Greenville and Bridge Liquors in New Albany for saving their “flats” for the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter.

We save a lot of money by using these as kitty litter boxes in the feline cages at the shelter.

Thanks for their support. Folks that support these local businesses in turn support the homeless animals in our community.

— David Hall, NA-FC Animal Shelter director


... to the editorial board of the News and Tribune for having a venue that enables me to express my feelings as they relate to the NAPD not enforcing the speed limit on East Elm Street.

As far as I can see, short of installing speed bumps, there are only two things that will slow down the speeding — being enforcement of the existing speed limit, and two, the restructuring of traffic flow to two-way traffic. These two options should be in use before the new bridge is completed and traffic increases two or three fold.

— Grace Transue, New Albany

— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.