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January 7, 2014

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Jan. 7

What’s going on in Jeffersonville?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jeffersonville voters. I’m from the Jeffersonville High School class of 1974.

As I look around our quaint, historic river town, it amazes me how unrecognizable it has become and how hard it is to commute in regards to proposed construction and delayed completion on various projects. I wonder why there are no workers at the walking bridge. It seems as if proposals are being made, started, but not completed, with new proposals overlapping them, leaving our city in constant detour.

With future proposals to be voted on, enough is enough; let’s complete one project at a time. As we the voters try to commute to our jobs, families are making many sacrifices and are strained by finances? Once bills are paid, there is little or no money left for entertainment, as the cost of that has also increased. Now, we the voters are trying to calculate proposed bridge tolls into our already stretched out budgets.

Now the JHS class of 1974 and others my age are becoming the elders of the community. Hopefully, many will have the time in their busy lives to read this letter. We need to unite and help stop proposals that are in the works with the Jeffersonville City Council. We are not receiving full disclosure of proposed procedures. It seems someone wants to compete with the major city of Louisville. We are Jeffersonville, Indiana, a historic river town with hopes that someone will visiting Louisville will also visit us. Realistically, at this point in time, that’s all Jeffersonville can be.

Without proposed projects being completed — such as the walking bridge — no one on the Kentucky side will want to visit knowing all the delays and detours. Please leave our riverfront alone; it’s wonderful as it is, with free attractions that have proved themselves successful.

The upcoming 75 percent rate increase to Jeffersonville Sewage Company will hurt us, the voters — we are all struggling with our household budgets now. We the voters should not pay for someone else’s negligence in complying with federal regulations in the past. Yes, an increase may be necessary, but one that we can afford without destroying families, local businesses and everything else that will be affected by an outrageous 75 percent increase. For example, a $33 to $35 water bill now equals a monthly $70 to 75 sewer bill. An increase of 75 percent will bring that up to well more than $100. Can we afford such an increase? No.

I will be protesting, carrying signs on our streets regarding this proposal. We must protest now or we will be paying later. Please unite, Jeffersonville Sewage customers — call, email, write letters — whatever means necessary to stop this now. Let’s tell our local government that we, the voters and taxpayers, cannot afford these dynamic increases to be put on our budgets.

I write this respectfully to all parties involved, wishing all the best for our upcoming new year here in our quaint, historic river town — our home.

It’s time to stand before any more proposals are voted in to change that will have great impacts on us, the voters and taxpayers.

— Kathi Mandel, Jeffersonville

Animals should have rights, too             

Who decides what is property? It’s the people who claim ownership.

At one-time, African-Americans were considered property. What gave those people the right to do that?

Under current law, domestic animals are considered as property. Who gave us that right? Many people point to the Bible, which says God let man rule over His creation. If I were to create something and tell you to take care of it, that does not make it your property.

Man can create things like houses, furniture, machines, and so on, but only God can create life. If a person has animals, it is his duty as caretakers of God’s property to provide food, water, shelter. He should not beat, abandon or abuse them and should provide medical care when necessary.

We have created laws to protect pets from abuse, but these laws specifically exempt animals used in the entertainment, food, fashion and research industries. If someone asks you to take care of their animals, that doesn’t give you the right to ride their bulls or rope their calves.

We can kill and eat them because the owner has given us permission, but that doesn’t give us the right to treat them badly before doing so. Nor do we have permission to make fur coats out of them or use them for medical experiments.

The legal system should recognize that all domestic animals should have a certain level of legal rights, the same as our children, not as owners, but from a position of guardianship. Until this happens, we cannot call ourselves truly humane.

— William Wilson, Jeffersonville

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