News and Tribune

January 5, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Jan. 5-6


— CHEERS

... 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



CHEERS

... 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



CHEERS

... 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



READER CHEERS

... to Sgt. Julie Condra with the New Albany City Police Department/FOP Lodge 99 for another great job with the 2012 Kops with Kids (formerly Shop With A Cop) program.

She does an amazing job with this program and puts a lot of work, time and heart into it. I look forward to volunteering with this program every year.

— Greta Johnson, Floyds Knobs



READER CHEERS

... to the Clarksville Police Department.

From the Dec. 29 News and Tribune: “Four men arrested in raid at Theatair X. Three of the men

were charged with sexual misconduct and another man was charged with indecent exposure.”

Keep up the good work, Clarksville police.

— Diana Berger, Clarksville



READER JEERS

... to the railroad for the two super rough crossings on Ind. 403 near the U.S. 31 intersection.

These areas were in poor condition, then, made worse after the March 2 tornadoes by heavy trucks hauling debris.

We don’t need the cost of new shock absorbers and new tires using up our 2013 personal budgets.

— Debra Koons, New Albany



— 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.