News and Tribune

February 15, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Feb. 15-16


... 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


... 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


... to a local school doing a great job of informing fans.

I recently went to a seventh grade boys basketball game at Lanesville. They had a handout that included pictures and names — with numbers — of all the basketball teams and cheerleaders at Lanesville. It went from fifth grade to high school varsity, boys and girls.

Way to go Lanesville. I do not know why more school and organizations can’t follow this wonderful lead.

— Barb Freiberger, Floyds Knobs


... to our neighbor Bob Burton for keeping six or more of his neighbors’ driveways clear all winter. He is a blessing.

And cheers to all highway departments for the continuous work this winter of keeping our roads driveable. What a winter it has been.

Finally, cheers to the school authorities who cared enough for the children, the bus drivers and the teachers and staff to close schools as needed.

— Marjorie Cox, Charlestown


... to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

I jeer him not because I happen to disagree with his insistence on repealing the business property tax without any plan to replace funds that every local government in the state relies on to help fund education, fire protection and other vital services. I do disagree, but no two people will agree on everything.

No, I jeer him for the quote (from Maureen Hayden’s article) in the Feb. 7 News and Tribune: “I know you all want me to talk about details. I don’t want to negotiate this in public.”

What? Mr. Pence, you are an elected official. The public is your boss. The public hired you. It’s part of your job to communicate with your boss.

I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I vote for a person’s character. So far, with Pence’s penchant for trying to ram his ideas through a mountain of opposition, in this case with only anecdotal evidence to support his position, I am not favorably impressed.

For the record, I have friends who are small business owners. I’m not opposed to removing a tax if that would help them compete and thrive. What I oppose is Pence’s obstinacy and seeming lack of respect for his collective boss, the citizens of Indiana, in refusing to communicate with us. I’m opposed to his apparent narrow viewpoint and lack of concern for consequences.

— Sam Johnson, New Albany


... to our unsung heroes — those who are called out in extreme cold like police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, and especially the electric company workers that came to our neighborhood last week to repair an electric line in bitter, bitter cold.

Thank you and God bless all who serve.

— Janet T. Krininger, New Albany


... to the News and Tribune and Staff Writer Elizabeth Beilman for the wonderful story on Mr. Tom Horn. I have tried for over a year to find someone to write an article on him.

At times, we forget about the persons who have made our city what it is today — ones who have seen so many different changes in their lives that we take for granted every day.

My father was born in 1908 and remember very well Dad’s stories how Jeff was from 1908 until his death in 1983.

— Vicki Conlin, 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.