News and Tribune

September 24, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 24


Chancellor explains Fall Festival’s postponement

Dear friends of IU Southeast:

Fall is just around the corner, and in New Albany that means one thing: Harvest Homecoming is fast approaching.

The IU Southeast Fall Festival has served as the annual kick-off to Harvest Homecoming for more than a decade. Many of you have joined us to watch the launch of the Harvest balloon race from our campus and stayed for games, food, and entertainment. Fall Festival has seen great growth over the last decade, both in offerings and in the number of participants — many of whom have been local families.

Our staff and faculty love welcoming the community to our campus for the festival, and we thank everyone who has made attending this event a tradition. Please know that it is only after careful deliberation and with a recognition of loss that I am writing to inform you the Fall Festival will not be held this year.

We have been honored to be part of Harvest Homecoming in years past. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment, in lieu of our participation this year, IU Southeast will be a platinum sponsor of the 2013 Harvest Homecoming.

We will take this year to assess the festival and to make sure our efforts in support of Harvest Homecoming are serving families and the youngest members of our community in the best possible ways to promote our core mission, which is to provide a high quality education today to prepare our community leaders of tomorrow.  

We plan to rejoin in 2014, with an education-themed Fall Festival event that will allow us at IU Southeast to bring renewed energy into our partnership with the Harvest Homecoming Committee and to be an even stronger contributor to this rich community tradition.

If you have any questions about our decision, or any suggestions about how IU Southeast could be part of the Harvest festivities next year, we'd love to hear from you. Send your comments to the Office of the Chancellor, Indiana University Southeast, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN, 47150.

The faculty, staff, and administration of IU Southeast thank you again for your support, and for the many successful years of Fall Festival. We hope to see you on the IU Southeast campus again soon.

Respectfully,

— Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, interim chancellor, Indiana University Southeast

Reader takes ‘right’ to task



Todd Young and the right in one week voted to cut food stamps and defund health care. In the process, they have voted to stop the government and deny Social Security checks to the elderly.

What’s next Tea Party traitors? Are you going to start up gas chambers for those you do not like? How about raising taxes on the poor so you can help the rich eat better?

You will never end Obamacare, which is working. Ask the millions who now have a choice of their health care. Ask the millions who will no longer be denied care when they get sick.

— Richard Hodge, DePauw



Reader doesn’t like proposed city changes



So now our city wants to spend $60,000 on a study about changing one-way streets to two-way streets? Why?

First of all, why change the streets? There are never any traffic backups in New Albany (except during Harvest Homecoming). The only traffic backups, if you can call them that, are on Spring Street with folks trying to get on the Sherman Minton bridge. To turn Spring Street into a two-way street would be a nightmare at that end of town. I don’t understand how changing the streets would help local businesses. Are local businesses asking for this?

If there is a clear need, why pay someone $60,000 to tell us that? Mr. Phipps stated that, “Most people probably don’t care in all honesty, but the ones that do care want them to go back to two-way and they have pretty cogent reasons as to why to do it.” Please share with us who “they” are and also explain to the voters those “cogent reasons.” It appears from the News and Tribune articles that our city has a lot of money to spend on projects that are not clear priorities for anyone but the city officials — the Mount Tabor Road roundabouts, for example.

How about using some of these excess funds to improve our current conditions (roads, parks, community programs, etc.) instead of borrowing funds for new projects?

I continue to be baffled by many of the decisions our officials make on our behalf.

— Debbie Webb, New Albany