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March 15, 2014

CHEERS AND JEERS — For March 15-16

CHEERS

.... to the city of New Albany for tearing down the house in the 2000 block of Culbertson Avenue that suffered fire damage recently, as well as razing an adjacent structure that had been in bad shape for some time.

It was a welcomed action to remove blighted buildings in the city, and hopefully more buildings with similar problems will be removed around New Albany.

— Staff Writer Daniel Suddeath

CHEERS

... to Melissa Love and Erin Brock, Jeffersonville; to Michael Drury and Lane Stumler, New Albany; to Jo Ann Dale and Carol Uebelhoer, Otisco; and to Jennifer Redmond and Jana Kohorst, Jeffersonville.

Remember those names. They are poised to make history in Indiana.

The four couples are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in New Albany which challenges Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages or recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Although it’s a shame the couples had to file the lawsuit in the first place, it’s pretty cool that people from Clark and Floyd counties are the first to challenge the Indiana law in federal court.

Being different — and standing up for what’s right — isn’t always easy in a small town or city. It takes courage and a desire to do good that will benefit others as much or more as the individuals involved.

Best of luck to these Southern Indiana residents as they seek to put a big dent in discrimination.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

JEERS AND CHEERS

... to Murphy, the big lovable cat shared by me and my girlfriend.

Murph, an indoor cat, got out of the house last week and spent a night on the town. Bad, bad kitty.

But, kudos for Murphy for showing up on a neighborhood porch just one block away a day later. It would have been hell to lose him. His cat siblings are happy to have him back ... mostly.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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