News and Tribune

January 15, 2011

EVENING NEWS CHEERS & JEERS: Jan. 15, 2011


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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — CHEERS

... to all the families who sent in memories for our long-time subscribers feature which ran Sunday.

I enjoyed putting together the text for the package and reading of times long before I arrived here in Jeffersonville — or even on this earth.

For those who participated, be on the lookout for a thank you in the mail.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to the early returns on choice in the race for Jeffersonville mayor.

Three candidates have said they will run on the Democratic Party side — incumbent Mayor Tom Galligan, Clark County Commissioner Mike Moore and former Mayor Rob Waiz.

Voters can look at the records of Galligan and Waiz while in the office they seek; Moore has a political history as well as a two-term commissioner.

Moore kicked-off his campaign touting fiscal restraint; Waiz assailed increased sewer rates under Galligan’s watch; Galligan’s announcement event is this week, but in a recent press release he touted job creation and a balanced city budget.

The Clark County Republican Party has also said it will run a candidate for mayor.

So far, the debate has been issue-oriented and hopefully the campaign will remain clean. But, this is Clark County politics, so you take an educated guess.

Best of luck to those running.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



JEERS

... to the unfortunate closing of E.T.’s Memphis Bar-B-Q — on the same block as The Evening News, I might add.

It was a tasty addition to downtown, but you have to sell a lot of barbecue sandwiches to pay for rent on Spring Street.

A voicemail recording at the former location says the owners are looking for a new space and that catering and special orders are still available from owner Ed Totten’s Memphis outpost by calling 812-252-0004.

Best of luck to the owners in future success.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to reader Cindy Kanning who saw my frustration-inspired Jeer last week about a dearth of Indiana University apparel in Southern Indiana. Kanning directed me to the IU Southeast bookstore. Next time around I’ll check it out.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



JEERS

... to the totally unfair notion of exempting casinos from a proposed statewide smoking ban.

Last week, lawmakers at the Indiana House of Representatives said they’d do just that to prevent the state from potentially losing millions of dollars in gambling taxes.

So, according to lawmakers, it’s fine to make decisions which could harm some businesses but not others.

Exempting casinos is an embarrassment. It makes the bill not about health but about money. It’s greed over good.

Any statewide smoking ban should be all-inclusive if it’s really about the health of Hoosiers.

Look for a longer editorial piece in an upcoming edition of The Evening News.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to River Valley Middle School sixth-grader Matt Armstrong for winning the school’s eighth-annual National Geographic Bee Competition on Thursday.

And, Cheers to the school for hosting the event.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to two area higher education institutions — Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Indiana University Southeast — for again setting enrollment records.

Ivy Tech’s Sellersburg campus has seen an increase each term for the past five years, this spring reaching an enrollment of about 5,500. The campus is undergoing a $20 million expansion to accommodate the growth.

IU Southeast in New Albany expects a 4 percent growth in enrollment this semester, which will push the student total to about 6,700. The campus has seen a growth in traditional students — with residence halls at a 403-person capacity — and transfer students.

Those seeking post-high school education in the area are well-served.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



CHEERS

... to our photographer, C.E. Branham.

He fills the paper with great photos daily, but I wanted to note the sledding shot from Wednesday as a recent favorite of mine.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy



READER JEERS

... to the street condition at the ramp at Sixth Street (or Clark Boulevard) and Missouri Avenue at Kye’s corner.

This intersection has some bad pot holes and needs resurfacing again. Winter is upon us and it can only get worse. Just think what an impression that bumpy ride has on visitors to Jeffersonville.

— Peggy Mode Metzger



Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at shea.vanhoy@newsandtribune.com or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.