News and Tribune

January 23, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Jan. 23


Friends ask for help for woman

My friends and I are writing this letter to request help for our friend. She is currently needing help with her sewer bill. 

During this past summer, she had a huge increase in her water bill. After testing and looking for leaks and having the meter tested, the only conclusion anyone could come to was that someone was stealing water or just running it for harassment. 

When the weather turned colder, the bills dropped way down to normal. She was able to keep all the utilities paid current except she has not been able to get the sewer bill current. She is disabled and trying to move into more affordable housing. 

There are no agencies that will help with sewer bills because they know it will get paid by the landlord. If not paid, there is a lien put against the property and the landlords will pay the bill; they then usually evict and sue the tenant.  

She has found a place, but has to have this bill paid in order to move. She is on disability, but it is a very small amount. Before passing judgment on living on government assistance, know that she is disabled and has been looking for work for the past year. She had a stroke and was working all the time up to that point. She still has one child at home and in school. 

She needs approximately $550 to clear this bill. We would like to thank you in advance for any assistance you can give.

We are all just a serious accident or illness away from being in her shoes. So we are asking if anyone is led to help please send what you can to: New Albany Municipal Utilities, P.O. Box 909, New Albany, IN, 47150. Her account number is 52472302. 

She needs the money by the end of the month.

— Jeremy Fulton, New Albany

 

Falls campaign hits home stretch

In 2006, The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park embarked on a campaign to renovate its Interpretive Center exhibits to use 21st-Century technology in showcasing life at the Falls over the last 400 millennia.

Although the campaign came at a time of financial recession across our country, residents of the area stepped up to the plate and contributed more than $3.8 million to make this dream a reality.

The center’s rotunda has been renovated and the fundraising campaign for the renovation of the core exhibits will conclude in December. Less than a million dollars remains to be raised for this project.

A number of important structural changes will be made to the Interpretive Center building itself in preparation for the new exhibits and local legislators are working to incorporate $585,000 in the state’s general budget as a specific appropriation for this purpose. State Sen. Ron Grooms and Reps. Ed Clere and Steve Stemler are supporting this budget line item.

Many hands are taking on the challenge of completing the fundraising and seeing this exciting project through in the coming year. Whether it be by joining the Falls campaign as an individual member or donor, as a corporate member or major benefactor, we hope you will join us in taking our past into the future with this exciting and important project. 

Call 812-283-4999 to see how you can help.

— Jamey Aebersold, Honorary Chairman, Falls of the Ohio Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits

 

Reader: People doing mass shootings are suicidal

Last year, in my role as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Judges & Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, I took training from a group called QVC about how to prevent suicide and how to instruct people in what to do if you have a suicide potential situation. As a follow-up in that, I have received a copy of an editorial written by Dr. Paul Quinnett.

Dr. Quinnett addresses the suicide issue in reference to the current discussion over the mass murders in schools and movie theatres. The whole issue has now become one that is politicized to the issue of gun control or no gun control. That is really not where it ought to be.

The people who are doing the mass murders are suicidal. We need to focus on that rather than whether a guy with a gun is a good guy or a bad guy. Many nice guys have guns. It is when they become mentally ill that they become problematic.

I offer this as an enlightened comment on the discussion that avoids the political tones and drives home the fact that there is a mental health need in our country that is going unmet.

— Jack R. Vissing, Jeffersonville