News and Tribune

November 8, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Nov. 9-10


... to the plans unveiled Wednesday by Jeffersonville-based API to develop The Loft at Big Four Station.

The mixed-use plan for retail and upscale residences was well-received by neighbors in the historic Rose Hill neighborhood who came to a public meeting to hear about the development.

It’s almost shocking the praise heaped upon the designs at a time when it seems the administration and city council can’t agree on much in terms of progress.

This being a private development probably helps. It’s not the taxpayer sandbox being played in this case.

And, the plans as reported in the News and Tribune sound great, which always helps with selling it to the neighbors.

What’s next door is public domain, however, as Colston Park is controlled by the Jeffersonville Parks Authority, which is made up of the same members as the city council.

Mayor Mike Moore has more mixed-use ideas for that land, which would seem to fit in with The Loft development as well as Big Four Station park and the Big Four pedestrian bridge.

However, that plan is on hold until a study is returned on a Civil War gravesite on the Colston Park property. What can and will be done with the gravesite likely will determine development.

If development is allowed to proceed, the administration and parks authority [council] need to work together to find the best developer and project for the city. It’s public land at present and what is done with it in the future should have the best interest of the city’s residents in mind.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the Cheers by Assistant Editor Chris Morris that appeared in the Nov. 2-3 News and Tribune.

We need more politicians like Ed Clere. As a matter of fact, we need more citizens like Ed Clere. As Chris stated, while most elected officials go along with their party leadership on every big issue, Ed stands on his own principles and says and does what he thinks is right. Ed uses common sense when forming and explaining his principles. What a concept. We should all learn from Ed.

I have known Ed for several years. He has always exhibited the finest qualities. First, Ed is always a gentleman, polite and courteous no matter to whom he is speaking; second, he is always fair and ready to discuss any topic, give his opinion and listen to and consider mine; third, he is always willing to volunteer his time for whatever is needed, whether it be to coach a soccer team or sell ears of corn at Harvest Homecoming; fourth, he is everywhere, whether it be at a state event in Indianapolis, a local fundraiser sponsored by philanthropic groups or at our local farmers market shopping for his family; fifth, he is an excellent role model for our youth.

The bottom line is we need more Ed Cleres in this world. So, thanks Ed, for setting the bar so high. Too bad most of us will never reach that level. I am honored to have you as a friend and will never refer to you as a politician.

— Debbie Webb, New Albany


... to the city of Jeffersonville for painting bike lanes and sharrows on roads from Eighth Street to Market Street.

Your efforts to implement the bike and Pedestrian plan improve the quality of life in Jeffersonville.

— Dean Ratzlaff, Jeffersonville


... to the Floyd Central High School theatre department.

I'm not totally sure that many community members truly realize the amount of effort and time involved in producing a high school production. The current production of “Les Miserables” at Floyd Central is a testament to what educational theatre is all about, but more than that, it is a testament to the professionalism that is possible on the high school level.

More than 200 names are in the program, including students, staff, alumni and others who came together to provide the best possible entertainment possible to the community. While that is admirable, it is the wonderful educational experience provided to this cast that really makes the production special.

With the news that Floyd Central Theatre has been recognized as the top theatre school in the Midwest region by the national theatre publication, “Stage Directions,” it isn't hard to see why.

I hope the community recognizes the jewel they have with Floyd Central Theatre Arts and will continue to support the kids and staff in their journey.

Editor’s note: “Les Miserables” will be on the stage at 7:30 p.m. today [Saturday] and 2 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information and ordering, visit or call 812-542-2284

— Chris Bundy, retired director of FCHS Theatre Arts

— 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.