News and Tribune


April 27, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For April 27-28


... to the Louisville Waterfront Development Corp. for its decision to ban pets from the Big Four Bridge.

It’s ridiculous that the situation of people not cleaning up after their dogs who pooped on the pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Ohio River got to this point. This isn’t a complicated problem. The solution was clear.

But some people couldn’t follow the rules and the development corporation understandably followed through on its threat to restrict use of the bridge to humans only.

It’s symbolic of a larger problem in this country — people don’t respect the environment and keeping public use areas clean. It’s the same reason people throw litter on the ground, and it’s shameful.

I realize that it was probably a small number of people ruining things for responsible pet owners, but what was the development group supposed to do? It’s not feasible to pay for four or five security guards to stand on the bridge around-the-clock.

And they shouldn’t have to. People could have been responsible, but they weren’t.

What a waste.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the news that came out this week regarding Indiana getting the short end of the, well, bridge when it comes to aesthetics planned for approaches on the Indiana side of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

In short, $10 million was set aside to make Kentucky’s approaches look nice; no money was earmarked for Indiana’s portion. It sounds like Hoosiers are getting a raw deal once again — see previously the tolling structure plans which are unfair to Indiana residents — when it comes to this massive project.

We’ll have more on this matter in an upcoming editorial.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to Ron Smith for his restoration of the Pepin Mansion along Main Street in New Albany.

This house is an important piece to historic Main Street in New Albany, but for years fell in disrepair. Five years ago, Smith bought the home and his dream of turning it into a retreat center, reception hall and bed and breakfast is now a reality. He took no short cuts in renovating the inside and outside of the home which was built in 1851.

“He’s done a remarkable job,” Greg Sekula, director of Historic Landmarks of Southern Indiana’s Southern Regional office, told the News and Tribune. “I think this is one of New Albany’s finest historic properties.”

The awesome part is that Smith has taken something old and historic and made it relevant and useful again, because reuse is more noble than simply building something new.

Here’s wishing Smith luck in is venture at Pepin Mansion. Visit for more information.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris and Editor Shea Van Hoy

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