News and Tribune

March 16, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For March 16-17


... to faith columnist Nancy Kennedy for continually writing an uplifting and thoughtful column every Saturday in the News and Tribune.

For you all who skip past this section in the paper, please give her a read. It’s never

preachy and very worth your time. Thanks, Nancy.

— Bruce Williams, Jeffersonville


... to a local retailer for charging me $1 for cashing a government check.

After cashing my government mileage check for $5.81 and handing me the money, the cashier told me the cost of my five cans of bean with bacon soup was $4.95, including a $1 fee for cashing the government check.

I was so mad, I came awfully close to losing my temper, and leaving the soup on the counter, and telling the manager where to put it. I didn’t, but it was close.

I shop there frequently, but it’s going to be a very long time before I do so again if that’s the way they treat their customers.

— Clifford L. Owens, Jeffersonville


... to New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. administrators for creating a hostile and racial environment at the Highland Hills Middle School basketball game.

The kids knew and the administrators knew what was going on — that the attire worn by students there would reflect what black people look like to them. This is why it was allowed. On the day that was called “Green Out Day,” was anyone dressed up like the Jolly Green Giant with a mask on?

With all of the school shootings happening, why would you allow a student to come dressed in a gorilla mask? What does the student policy say about that? What type of superintendent who is supposed to be so highly educated doesn’t take it seriously.

Well it looks like not only the kids need to be taught, that this behavior is not acceptable, but the administrators need to read page two of the Settlement Agreement handed down from the United States Department of Education on April 8, 1994. Now if you need help understanding the language of the agreement, ask some of those high dollar attorneys, that we the taxpayers are paying for to explain it to you. You are in violation.

— Marcia L. Booker, New Albany



... to another installment of the Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute.

As a newcomer to the area, I learned a lot about the workings of the city when I attended the last one, met people from all neighborhoods and shared their goals to implement improvements for a great river city community.

— Deb Henderson, 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.