News and Tribune

June 6, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For June 6


Reader concerned with thoughtless people, the heartless

I’m writing this letter in regards of how I feel. What is wrong with people? 

On Friday night, May 31, a friend of mine called at 10:45 p.m. to tell me her puppy got killed. The pup ran out of the yard following a car up to Hamburg Pike by Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. 

Just as she was getting up there to get the pup, a car came over the hill and hit her. She died. The person in the car didn’t even stop. The elderly lady didn’t know how to tell my daughter. You see, my daughter gave it to her for a Christmas gift.

Of course, why would people care if they hit a animal, when in this world a 19-year-old was killed in a car by a hit and run. Her father served in the Army overseas, came home to surprise her and ended up burying her. 

Another young girl, 20 years old, was killed and left by the side of the road — a hit and run — and what about the young officer killed, leaving two children and a wife?

Remember, you all got away with this, but one day you’ll be judged by a higher person. May God have mercy on you. You leave a lot of heartache on innocent people and families.

 

— Phyllis Lowe, Jeffersonville

 

Dowtown street grid reform needed

Main Street in New Albany already runs two ways, and so the precondition of most importance already has been achieved.

However, Main Street was degraded for decades according to usage dictates as a state road. Now the city owns it, and a multimillion dollar corridor redesign is underway. It will calm traffic, repair infrastructure and provide decorative touches. All of this is quite good, although naturally we might examine costs a bit more closely. 

Main Street should be transformed into a slowed and beautified avenue, with one major caveat: What’s right for Main Street is right for the rest of us, too.

I mentioned this very topic during public speaking time at the council meeting of June 3, because what is being planned for street grid changes along the generally more affluent Main Street corridor simply cannot be allowed to occur in a vacuum.

For one, whatever traffic rowdiness is displaced from Main Street will migrate to other east-west streets in the city. The fine-china-shaking trucks and speeders will seek routes elsewhere. They always do.

More significantly, one-way arterial streets like Spring and Elm still slice directly through transitional neighborhoods, which are in need of traffic calming, walkability enhancement and overall street safety every bit as much as Main Street.

When considering the higher speeds and dulled-driver chaos generated by one-way arterial streets, can expenditures like those seeking to boost neighborhood stabilization in less affluent areas to the north of Main Street ever truly succeed if their street grid’s very design contradicts the aim, and precludes ultimate success?

In this context, some analysts consider one-way streets as constituting “a kind of ‘environmental racism,’ where speeding motorists on one-way streets increase the levels of exhaust, noise, and pollution (in) older downtown … minority, poor and working-class neighborhoods,” according to a publication from the University of Louisville’s Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods.

If two-way traffic, traffic calming and right-sizing are restricted to Main Street alone, it may well be a case for the Human Rights Commission to consider. We have one, right?

As quickly as possible, the city of New Albany needs to be open and forthcoming about the “rest of the plan” for downtown street grid reforms in both residential and business districts. 

Pleadings of poverty will not be tolerated in the wake of supposed quality-of-life millions spent elsewhere. It’s time to build upon those successes we’ve managed to achieve, and get the city’s streets right, BEFORE the toll evaders start zipping through.

 

— Roger Baylor, New Albany

 

Reader: Surely Obama knew

Four decades back, I worked for a great individual for a large computer manufacturer. One day, I received some information which I thought would be detrimental to us with regard to a large customer. 

Amazingly, when I presented it to my boss, he just took it in stride. Later on, he spoke to me about the incident. He said one of the things he needed to effectively manage was having his people keep him informed in a timely matter of various events and conditions. Negative information in particular should be given to him immediately, so he can address it.

This brings to mind several events that any person with common sense would realize.  President Barack Obama copied President Truman’s slogan and said, “the buck stops here.” With that, let’s examine some of the current scandals.

With 13 attacks and four requests for additional security in Libya, Hillary Clinton actually reduced the security level. President Obama may not have been aware of this, but both him and Clinton most assuredly are responsible for the Nixioian cover-up in Benghazi. 

With the military service chiefs’ jobs on the line, they must parrot the administration talking points. So, it’s not surprising they deny ample evidence to show they refused help when the attack occurred but then as Hillary said, “What does it matter?”

Now remember, the president receives a daily briefing on all germane activities and plans. With him and Eric Holder joined at the hip along with Obama’s penchant for detecting security leaks and ... since the buck stops with him ... there is little doubt he knew about the AP surveillance and the James Rosen affair.

Finally with IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visiting at least 167 times with Obama, much more than any other department head, is there really any doubt conservative groups were being targeted and Obama had knowledge of it. With Congress writing the Obama Care bill, not Obama, is there really any question “The Buck Stops Here” Obama didn’t know about the IRS targeting?

Folks, it’s a sad state of affairs and brings into question his entire presidency. 

 

— John Krueger, Clarksville