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


... To former New Albany Deputy Mayor Carl Malysz for being hired as director of community development for the city of Columbus.

Malysz has a lot of knowledge about working through government red tape and redevelopment and I applaud his many years of service to New Albany.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris


... to State Sen. Ron Grooms and State Rep. Steve Stemler.

A bill which has passed the Indiana legislature and sent to Gov. Mike Pence authored by Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, and supported by Stemler, D-Jeffersonville, is aimed at shutting-down thinly regulated pain management clinics — also called pill mills — around Indiana.

The weak Hoosier law was what led to the opening of such a pill mill in downtown Jeffersonville last year. The doctor there — whose license has since been suspended pending a review — was writing thousands of pain medication prescriptions to clients paying in cash. Also under the old law, the owner wasn’t required to be someone legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances; it could have been anybody.

That was the case with the now-closed pill mill in Jeffersonville, which moved to Indiana from Kentucky after the commonwealth strengthened its pain medication clinic laws.

It’s good Indiana has followed suit.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to Silver Hills native and resident Kelly Carnighan for his volunteer efforts in preserving the history of the old Silver Hills Trolley Line (read the story at

The railway — built 122 years ago — was a technological marvel at the time, and connected the hilly neighborhood west of New Albany to the city.

The public can walk the old trolley line at an event planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 and see an historic marker dedicated.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

— 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.