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January 5, 2013



... for the residents of the Franklin Commons neighborhood in Jeffersonville, who feel safer now that the Clark County Wellness Clinic has closed.

I’m all for a free market — a weak Indiana law allowed the pain management clinic to open earlier this year downtown — but the statistics for prescriptions written there since August are too blatant to ignore.

According to an Indiana Attorney General investigation, more than 8,000 prescriptions were written to nearly 3,500 patients in the last half of the year. More than 95 percent of those scripts were for oxycodone, and all transactions were cash-only, according to the AG’s office.

The office has not closed, on order from the city for zoning reasons, and the attention drawn by the AG’s office to the local clinic and one in Fort Wayne hopefully prompts legislators to take a look at state law this session at the Statehouse.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the never-give-up spirit of the little boy at the ice rink some staffers at the News and Tribune watch skate ... well, try to skate ... Friday.

The boy — who looked to be about 3 so — certainly wasn’t graceful, or upright much, but that didn’t stop him from repeatedly getting back up off the ice and fearlessly giving it another try.

Maybe next skating season, we’ll see him zipping around the rink and cutting figure-eights.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... a reader sent in an anonymous note to let the News and Tribune know that in December, they met a friend at Tumbleweed on Charlestown Road in New Albany for lunch.

A man came in alone and sat down behind the letter-writer. The writer didn’t know him and he didn’t know the writer or anyone in their party.

“We didn’t even speak to each other,” the writer said.

“He ate his lunch and left. When we were done we ask for our bill. The waiter told us the man behind us paid for our lunch. We were surprised, thankful and appreciative,” the writer said. “The man didn’t want us to thank him, but we know what a great giving message he left us with.”

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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