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April 27, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For April 27-28

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CHEERS

... 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

CHEERS

... 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

CHEERS

... 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 newsandtribune.com).

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 shea.vanhoy@newsandtribune.com or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.

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