News and Tribune

February 7, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Feb. 7


Bliss House needs your help

The Center for Lay Ministries / Bliss House, under the direction of Matthew Hudson and Julie Schwerer, continues to be extremely successful. The Bliss House Program is designed to care for local women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. 

Women are served from Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Washington, Jefferson and surrounding counties. The women residents are working to change their lives and as they do, the changes they are making ripple down through their family, friends, and into our community. They become good citizens. They become contributing citizens.  

Bliss House has announced its ninth-annual fundraiser and I am appealing to our community to step up now to support this event. We know there is a serious need for the services of the Bliss House, as there are women on a waiting list to be admitted into the home and into the program. As our residents graduate from the Bliss House program, we provide transitional housing at Bliss Too, further assisting the women to facilitate long term recovery.    

Valentine Bliss is the Bliss House’s major fundraiser for the year and a significant amount of their success depends on the success of the event. If you care about Southern Indiana, I encourage you to support this event.  

Valentine Bliss will be held Feb. 16 and will include a delicious dinner, huge silent auction, short ceremony and an incredible (but brief) live auction with four very special items you will not want to miss (attire dressy-casual). 

The registration deadline is today. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at 300 Spring, Jeffersonville. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required. Questions or ticket sales/reservations should be directed to Michelle Crick at 502-445-1420.

The Bliss House needs your support right now. This is an opportunity to enjoy a wonderfully fun evening of Valentine Bliss while simultaneously assisting the Bliss House in their mission.  Make your reservations today, please — and show you care.  

— Carol A. Dawson, Jeffersonville

 

Falls board member talks fundraising

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation and State Park are in the final stages of its Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits fundraising effort in 2013. To date, the campaign has raised $3.8 million for new immersive and interactive exhibits at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. 

As part of the new exhibit project, the Center’s rotunda was renovated with hanging glass sculptures representing the new exhibits’ four interpretive themes in 2011.

Now efforts are focused on securing the remaining funds to fabricate and install the new exhibits with an opening date scheduled for spring of 2015.

In preparation for the new exhibits, building renovations to the Center must occur, and  local legislators are working to incorporate $585,000 in the state’s general budget as a specific appropriation for this purpose. Senator Ron Grooms and Representatives Ed Clere and Steve Stemler are supporting this budget line item.

We thank our local representatives for their support, and we thank the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who have supported the project. Now, we call on everyone to support the Crossroads Campaign for New Exhibits this year with either a new or additional financial gift as we strive to reach our goal. To find out how you can help, call the Foundation office at 812-283-4999.

— Kye Hoehn, board member, Falls of the Ohio Foundation

 

Reader takes issue with council members’ action

As I opened the News and Tribune dated Jan. 30, 2013, I was truly amazed at the headline that read: “Council members take insurance fight to court.”

These three council members — Diane McCartin Benedetti, Bob Ceasar and Kevin Zurschmede, feel they are supposed to have their health insurance premiums paid. Really? 

How many hard working people in New Albany feel the same way, but must pinch their pennies to be able to afford to cover their family or even themselves? How many people in New Albany scrimp to be able to pay their taxes? How many people must decide whether to buy food or to buy medicine, because they don’t have enough for both? 

It’s not as if these council members can’t afford to pay their own premiums. I guess they feel they are such a great asset to New Albany that it is “due” them. Shame on you, Benedetti, Ceasar and Zurschmede.

I think the voters thought they were voting in more compassionate people. There are plenty of items for an agenda that would help the residents of New Albany instead of what will line your pockets with more money for yourselves.

— Sandy Moore, New Albany