News and Tribune

January 10, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Jan. 11-12


... to News and Tribune columnist Amanda Beam, for bringing in her friend Harper, a 7-year-old girl with a lot of spunk and spirit, into the newsroom this week.

Amanda had told me before about Harper, who is undergoing cancer treatments. I finally got to meet her, and she lights up a room. Harper told me she’s nearing the end of her treatments and that when she’s done, she wants to go to France. She also told me she likes sushi, which is pretty awesome for a 7-year-old.

Cheers to Harper and beating that evil cancer.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to all the workers — public safety or otherwise — who braved the cold earlier this week to perform their duties and help out the general public.

Also, cheers to people who looked after their friends and neighbors during the cold. A little bit of attention can save a life.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the people in the area who donated to the Kiwanis Club and held fundraisers for the employees of Sam’s Food and Spirits, after they lost their jobs due to the fire.

My son Sam has worked for Sam’s since 1999, and I am writing on his behalf because he has Down syndrome. I wish you could have seen his face when he opened the envelope with the cash in it. He was thrilled. I’m sure the other employees felt the same way. Your generosity in this time of need is amazing. Thank you!

— Millie Chapala, Georgetown


... to the Center for Lay Ministries, Clark County, for preparing and donating 279 Christmas baskets to those less fortunate in our area.

Without organizations such as CLM, there are families who would have had to do without a good meal during the holidays. Please keep them in mind when lending financial or other support to our community. You can reach them at 812-282-0063.

Also, congratulations to Barbara Maxwell, who continues to donate a significant amount of volunteer time to CLM. She was nominated by CLM as a Rotary Gold Star recipient.

— Carol Dawson, Jeffersonville



... to the confounding logic of some people.

I try to avoid submitting to the “Jeers” section of the paper, focusing instead on shining a light on the good things happening in Southern Indiana, but today I feel there is no choice but to speak (OK, type).

To the people in our community who continue to believe there is “too much” being given to individuals and families who were significantly impacted by the March 2, 2012, tornado ... really? What causes this reaction, jealousy?

Who would trade a bigger and safer home or an opportunity to be featured on a television show for what these families have been through? If you have not endured a significant trauma in your life, then you cannot begin to know what it feels like for those impacted by the devastation of the tornado.

These people would trade their bigger and safer homes or any other opportunity in an instant to go back and not have been in the path of the tornado. Their lives can never be the same — many still endure significant pain from lingering and long term health and medical concerns.

I’m appalled by anything other than full support and care for all who were impacted directly by the tornado. Find your heart and ask how you may be able to help, not hinder, the progress of those repairing their lives.

— Carol Dawson, Jeffersonville


... to the News and Tribune.

Neither snow (or below zero temperatures), nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay our employees at the News and Tribune from the swift completion of their appointed tasks (and getting the paper out to us timely). Thanks.

— Ken Crutchfield, Jeffersonville


... to the Sellersburg Water Co., which wins this year scrooge award.

The company sent letters to all Riverside Water customers on Christmas Eve to inform them that they had figured out a way to gouge all their new customers $55. As near as we can tell, this is to cover putting your name on the bill, but mostly it is because they can.

Customers don’t have a way to shop for another water company.

Thank you, Sellersburg Water Co., for your warm welcome to all the Riverside Water customers.

— Glen R. Pitzer, Jeffersonville

— 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.