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November 2, 2012

News and Tribune letters: Nov. 2, 2012


> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Resident supports Stephenson for  Clark commissioner

  Yes I’m supporting Rick Stephenson for County Commissioner. To me it’s a no brainer and here’s just one more reason.

Vince Lombardi arguably is the best pro football coach ever. As an example he took a 1-10-1 team in 1958 and with much the same personnel went to 7-5 in 1959 and only got immeasurably better after that.

In 1999 David Maraniss wrote a book on Vince Lombardi called “When Pride Still Mattered.” In the book Maranisss pointed out how Lombardi practiced and provided leadership, discipline, perseverance, teamwork and doing it all in an honorable manner. One of the things he omitted was the fact Lombardi rewarded his players for their efforts. For instance one year after the season ended he gave all the wives fur coats and gave something of equal value to the single players.

Time and space limits my outlining why Rick exemplifies all these characteristics so I’ll just limit it to an item on leadership.

Up until Sept. 17 I was helping Rick and others with their campaign which involved more than making comments via the Internet. At that point I told them I was hanging it up. A few short days later I received a card from him thanking me for efforts on his behalf. Trust me folks and I’m sorry to say but I didn’t do that much. Of course it was well received but not necessary and I don’t feel deserved. It does, however, show he’s considerate of people for even minor things which is not only a must for any leader but a trait found in only those that truly care.

I hope you join me in voting for him Nov. 6.

— John Krueger, Clarksville


Roudenbush is choice for Floyd commissioner

Steve Bush, a 20-year veteran of the New Albany police force, showed his disdain for written law in 2006 when he voted to approve the Lafayette Ridge Subdivision on Fertig Creek Road for developer, Bob Lynn. Bush, at that time, served on the Floyd County Plan Commission representing the Board of Floyd County Commissioners. Approximately 26 percent of the lots in Lafayette Ridge failed to meet the clear and unambiguous minimum lot frontage required by ordinance. It was clear that the roads in the area could not accommodate the potential traffic imposed by this 223 lot subdivision. It was also clear that the roads in this area are flooded frequently. However, he voted to approve it. It has cost neighboring landowners more than $200,000 in a futile effort to protect against eminent domain proceedings brought on behalf of Bob Lynn as a result of this approval. The landowners had the law and ethics on their side but not the judges and lawyers.

Steve Bush is on record saying that he wants a countywide sewer district. Again, this is a benefit for no one but developers and land speculators. He is also on record in favor of combining city and county government with the exception of retaining the sheriff’s office as elective.

Our three county commissioners claimed that they were forced by law to establish a “Stormwater” entity and vehemently claimed the stormwater fee was not a tax. On Oct. 7, 2008, Freiberger, Bush and Seabrook admitted that they had not read the law that they claimed forced them to establish a stormwater entity. If they had, they might have asked for a waiver that the law provides under some circumstances, or they might have exempted parts of the county. On Oct. 2, 2012, the commissioners admitted that they have not audited the “Stormwater” books. When asked how many employees “Stormwater” has, only Seabrook would speak up; he said, “I would say three fulltime and two parttime.”

I conclude by saying that Steve Bush should be removed from public office. I will vote for Dennis Roudenbush.

— George Mouser, Floyds Knobs

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