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February 15, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Feb. 15-16

CHEERS

... to two Southern Indiana residents profiled in the News and Tribune last week who are doing amazing things well beyond retirement age.

Tom Horn’s story appeared in the Monday edition. He’s 102, but you’d never know it. He still drives and keeps a regular schedule every day to get out of the house and around Jeffersonville. He says keeping active is the key to a long, healthy life, and I think he certainly qualifies as an expert on the subject.

In New Albany, there’s Willard Collins, 87, who this week displayed his invention — a front-mounted rotary hay rake — at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. He was profiled in Thursday’s News and Tribune. Collins holds a patent on the implement, and hopes to sell it to a company which will take it to market.

Congratulations, gentlemen.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

READER CHEERS

... to News and Tribune columnist Terry Cummins.

His Monday column is always good, but the column for Jan. 27 titled “Put your life on hold until 2016” was off the charts and fantastic.

My sincere wish is that all people would “speak out” for the truth rather than complain, based on rumor, lies and bias expressed by folks who only give lip-service.

People talk “loud’ about things they don’t understand and rather than get the real facts, they spread garbage. Therefore, you get these lousy polls which are never on target, due to the reasons cited above.

I’ve lived through many presidents (you could say I’m old, I don’t mind) and have never seen any treated the way Barack Obama has been. It is disgusting and a poor reflection on those taking part.

I was raised to appreciate and show respect for our nation’s leader, and thought everyone was. I pity people who cannot find it in there heart — and intellect — to offer honor to our president, regardless of their politics. For those who are part of our governmental system and don’t do their job, I feel even more pity.

It is so reassuring to see that someone has the guts to tell it like it is. It’s just too bad more people don’t have the gall. Thank you, Terry.

— Norma O. Robbins, New Albany

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