News and Tribune

June 8, 2013



... to officers with the New Albany Police Department FOP Lodge 99 for hosting a cookout for kids at S. Ellen Jones on Friday afternoon.

While the hot dogs and brownies were a hit, the interaction with the officers was even more important. These kids need to understand the bad guys don’t wear uniforms, and are always there to help.

Many kids in the Midtown area have the wrong idea about police officers and those with authority. This may have been their first interaction with the police and it was positive. Hopefully, the FOP and sheriff’s department will do similar events in the future.

— Chris Morris, Assistant Editor


... to the Jeffersonville Red Devils’ baseball team as they battle today to advance to the state finals.

I remember covering some of the players at the 2008 Little League World Series, which was an awesome experience for the kids — and for me.

It’s great to see them, their teammates and coaches still enjoying success.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to all the possibilities to get out and do something this weekend.

A few examples are: KnobsFest today [Saturday] in Floyd County; JEFF Fest today in downtown Jeffersonville and Art of the Parish Green today and Sunday in New Albany.

There’s also the annual New Albany FOP car show at Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Finally, there’s a great animal rescue event set for 5 to 9 p.m. today at the New Albany Farmers’ Market called Rescue the Rescuers. More than 20 rescues and shelters will be on hand for a fundraiser and adopt-a-thon.

If you are looking for a special pet to give a great home to, stop in and see them.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to another delay in the opening of the Big Four Bridge’s ramp in Jeffersonville.

It now looks like November before hikers and bikers will be able to access the ramp from the Indiana side of the Ohio River, or before people in Louisville can cross over.

If the November date holds — and at this point, I’m not holding out a lot of hope — nearly a year will have passed since the ramp up and down from Waterfront Park in Louisville opened.

Much of the delay is due to a change in the lighting which will be a part of the ramp.

I wonder if some of the people who pushed to get the lighting altered would like a do-over?

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to those individuals in vehicles who come bounding too fast through the intersection at State and Main streets in New Albany.

The crosswalk in front of the YMCA can be full of children (yours, or your neighbors) and seniors, and what a horrible accident that would be if a person were struck — and how easily preventable.

Please leave home five minutes earlier and SLOW DOWN.

— William Longest, New Albany


... to the New Albany High School class of 2013.

As a class, you have excelled in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and so much more. In every area your class raised the bar to a new standard that will be very difficult for future classes to match. You will be missed. Congratulations and good luck.

— Steve and Linda Bonifer, New Albany


... to the loss of leading by example.

If NBC News is correct, Marines in Afghanistan will be minus one hot meal a day because some troops are coming home.

Does this mean the commander in chief, and Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore will eat MREs once a day also?

Why are we going to leave any troops there anyway? If so, are cooks exempt from the rotation.

— Bud Barnett, Sellersburg


... to a local waitress for giving good advice.

In late April while eating breakfast at the Wall Street Cafe in Jeffersonville, I developed unusual discomfort in the center of my chest. The waitress insisted I go to the hospital. The doctor said if this had not occurred, I would have had a heart attack.

Cheers to the waitress.

— Raymond E. Wise, Jeffersonville


... to Jerry Banet on his retirement. Jerry dedicated 33 years to serving his community with the New Albany Fire Department.

— Tim Bailey, New Albany Professional Fire Fighters #410

— 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.