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July 31, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For July 31

Clean and Green group recruiting members

In an effort to continue the beautification of the city of New Albany, Keep New Albany Clean and Green is initiating a membership drive. We need a reliable cadre of volunteers and contributors who care about our city and are willing to invest time, talent, and financial resources in the city.

Some of the organizations accomplishments include: five landscaped welcome signs at the city’s gateways; spring and fall beautification days; 60 planters filled with flowers downtown; weed and litter eradication; Scribner Gardens beautification; and so much more. The cost to plant and maintain a planter of flowers downtown cost $250 annually.

Please consider becoming a member by contacting us at 812-548-6676 or contact us on Facebook.

New Albany 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 our community great.

— Jerry Finn, vice president, Keep New Albany Clean and Green

Let the elected leaders lead

So, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, was elected by the people of Indiana. But the unelected Board of Education, all appointed by the past and present governors, is steamrolling over Ritz.

They are moving “ahead” with implementation of policies by former Superintendent Tony Bennett, who the voters sent packing.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., we have a president who decisively won re-election in 2012 because more voters approved of his vision for America than approved of his opponent’s. Despite his winning a majority of both the popular and electoral votes, it seems members of the opposing party cannot accept this reality and are determined to prevent him from governing.

Instead of doing the work of the people, many Republicans in the House and Senate are engaged in obstruction, delaying tactics and in competition for the “Most Outrageous Comment Award.”

It’s a very sad and demoralizing state of affairs.

— Ruthanne Wolfe, New Albany

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