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May 10, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For May 10-11

CHEERS

... To News and Tribune education reporter Jerod Clapp for displaying outstanding customer service skills while covering the front desk during lunch hour one day last week.

While it’s not Jerod’s job to sell subscriptions or deal with upset customers on a daily basis, he did it all with a smile on his face and was very professional. He stopped writing a story just to help those who walked in during that short period.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris

READER CHEERS

... to great work at Floyd Central High School.

The school’s choir, band and orchestra all qualified at the ISSMA State Qualifier in Evansville for state competition next weekend in Indianapolis. The only other school in the state to send three groups to state competition is North Central High School. Well done!

Much hard work went into those performances on the part of our kids as well as Doug Elmore, Angela Hampton and Harold Yankey.

Thanks for all you do.

— Bonny Wise, Floyd County

READER JEERS

... to myself, for being really, really confused.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been working too hard lately and am sleep deprived, but obviously I’m failing to make a connection somewhere.

First, New Albany’s administration confiscates planters placed by a volunteer group, Keep New Albany Clean and Green. Then, our mayor chides the group for not having a clearer mission statement — although it seems clear enough to me the group’s very name is its mission statement. Finally, I read that the mayor is now starting up a new volunteer group with the same objective of beautifying the city.

Naturally, I cheer any efforts to improve our fair city for the benefit of residents and visitors, especially by volunteers. It’s just kind of sad that even volunteer efforts have to get diluted by politics. Well, that’s sure what it sounded like to me ... but I hope I’m just really confused.

— Sam Johnson, New Albany

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