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April 30, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 30

Family urges vote for Dan Moore

We have been involved in county and Sellersburg local government and community work for years. We support our Silver Creek schools and believe we should have the best people sitting in our courts.

Judge Dan Moore is a people person and has shown a commitment to hard work and achieving goals in Circuit Court 1. We need to re-elect Dan. He has tried more cases in his first term than many judges in our time. He presided in many murder trials in 2013 and always works hard to protect homes and families from violence.

Judge Dan has made countless visits to county schools to talk with young people about making good career choices. He believes it is part of a Clark County judge’s job to get out of the courthouse and demystify the court system. We have seen him sit in a group of strangers, loosen his tie, roll up his sleeves and say “let’s talk this through.” This is a problem solving man who will help us all as a judge.

Before he became a judge, Dan was a trial lawyer. He has tried many more types of cases than his opponent, more than most lawyers. He is a former chief deputy prosecutor and a former county attorney. He led the charge to get the federal land we now call River Ridge Commerce Center turned back over to us for jobs and development.

We endorse re-electing Judge Dan Moore in Circuit Court 1 to continue the good work he has done for this community. We hope you will vote for him on May 6, too. Dan is the man.

— Roy and Sharon Everitt, Sellersburg

Reader doesn’t support commissioners candidate

City should work with beautification group

I appreciated Daniel Suddeath’s April 23 News and Tribune article highlighting the rift between the city of New Albany and Keep New Albany Clean and Green.

As a financial supporter of Keep New Albany Clean and Green’s efforts to beautify New Albany, I was a bit frustrated to learn that the city removed over half of the downtown planters, which are provided and are maintained by volunteers at no cost to the taxpayer. My frustration was compounded when I read Mr. Suddeath’s article that underscored an apparent lack of communication from the city’s board of works with the leadership of Keep New Albany Clean and Green.

As I understand, a year or so ago the board of works gave permission for the planters to be placed where they were originally located. We all understand that things sometimes change, so if the previously approved locations are now problematic, just give Irv Stumler, president of Keep New Albany Clean and Green, a call on his mobile phone and work it out like professionals. I’ve called and emailed Mr. Stumler dozens of times during work on the Town Clock Church. That’s how we solve problems and address issues in the private sector.

Once the city determined there was a problem, it seems reasonable that volunteers with the organization could have first been given the opportunity to relocate the planters rather than having the board of works remove them.

In any event, once Keep New Albany Clean and Green became aware of the city’s concern, I understand volunteers were mobilized to move the remaining planters to more appropriate locations. However, the (now) conforming planters were subsequently removed by the board of works anyway.

The services Keep New Albany Clean and Green perform are completely funded with donations of time, talent and private money. I’d love to see our community achieve greater success by having city government work more effectively with businesses and private philanthropy to help make a “good” New Albany “great.” Downtown is experiencing a rebirth and Keep New Albany Clean and Green is doing its part to help.

In the end, these are just good people doing good things. In my opinion, this type of philanthropy should be encouraged as a valuable public-private partnership. That’s what makes communities world class.

— Ed Jerdonek, Floyds Knobs

The problem of violence against animals

Imagine that you are standing by a river bank and you saw a baby floating down the river. You jump in to save the baby and you see two more in the water, so you try to save them and while doing that, you see four more go by.

You look up and see that someone is throwing more babies off a bridge. You want to stop that person, but the law is on his side. He has the right to get rid of those he no longer wants.

This is the stuff of nightmares. Now, reread the above and substitute animals for babies. Does the horror of the story change?

People who profit from using animals — breeders, racing, rodeos, meat, milk and egg industries — will dispose of those animals they can no longer use or make a profit, often by killing them, not for human consumption but just to get rid of them, and all of this is legal.

The people by the river bank, trying to save those cast-offs, are the various humane and rescue societies.  

People who don’t want their children can give them up for adoption. People with animals they can no longer use should do the same. As long as this kind of cruelty is allowed, people should not be shocked when people do violence to other people.

When I see people marching to “stop the violence,” I think to myself, they don’t see the connection. Violence is violence.

You can’t protest one while condoning the other. The laws of a state for the prevention of cruelty to animals is a good indicator of that states enlightenment and the integrity of that states people.

— Ray Wilson, New Middletown

Reader doesn’t support commissioners candidate

I read your publication (Thursday, April 17) about the three Democratic candidates wanting the District 3 commissioner position. I would like to voice my opinion:

1. John Perkins: May 8, 2007, John Perkins lost his bid for re-election to the Jeffersonville City Council. Perkins was in his fifth nonconsecutive term on the council, previously winning either at-large or District 1 races in 1971, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2003. The only other time Perkins lost a council race was when Bill Wolpert beat him in the 1991 Democratic primary.

 2. Jan. 11, 2008, Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan hired Perkins to perform a sewer audit for the city after Perkins lost his re-election bid. The media raised questions about the hiring of Perkins due to him not having experience in sewer systems. Galligan responded to those questions saying “Why not Perkins, he’s available.” (The News and Tribune)

 3. Perkins won a Democratic caucus vote Dec. 28, 2011, to serve as Clark County District 3 commissioner and was sworn in on the spot. He took over the remaining three years of a term vacated by Jeffersonville Mayor-elect Mike Moore. Moore defeated Perkins 83 to 17 percent of the votes in the May 2010 primary. (The News and Tribune).

 4. In that article, Perkins touted his experience and education as the reasons he is the best candidate for the job.

You would think that someone with his experience and education would also have the foresight to view the growth of River Ridge Development, and the growth would cause one of Clark County’s main concerns and traffic problem areas — Ind. 62. The traffic to and from the methadone clinic is a major headache.

Here are some of the projects Perkins takes claim for getting passed or has supported:

1. Took credit for moving the methadone clinic from Jeffersonville to the county, which caused an additional traffic signal and increased traffic on Ind. 62;

2. Had county workers fill in the ditch across the street from his house in Bethlehem;

3. gave the landfill operator the order to pay a highway department employee additional money from landfill fees.

In my opinion, John Perkins, 66, could be classified as a political leech. Does Clark County really want or need Perkins to represent them as District 3 commissioner?

You have the right to vote as you wish, but I think the answer is clearly no.

— Luther (Junior) Yount, Charlestown

 

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