News and Tribune

September 18, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 18


Depend on the blessing and mercy of God



The Bible, God’s Holy Word. All scripture is God-breathed.

II Timothy 3:16-17: The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God, and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.

Romans 3-4: God’s words will always prove true and right, no matter who questions them.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of Our God shall stand forever.

Psalms 119-105: It is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.

The Bible was once the principle book in our school systems all across the land. The Bible is the best-selling book. Don’t forget your heritage. Consider what the Pilgrims did. It is a blessing to be born in America. The founding fathers depended on the blessing and mercy of God.

— Gladys Biddle, New Albany

Family thanks community for help with son



Dear neighbors,

This past Friday, Sept. 13, our sons were playing Frisbee and flying kites in the area of Duffy’s Landing, Jeffersonville. When attempting to walk home for supper, our youngest son, Alex, who is 12, misjudged traffic on Utica Pike and was hit by a minivan.

There were many people in the area who witnessed this terrifying scene and many who helped redirect traffic, keep the scene calm and someone  immediately called 911. Additionally, multiple police officers, firefighters and a skilled EMS team promptly arrived on scene.

Our son was badly injured and transported to Kosair Hospital. Miraculously, all of his injuries were non-life threatening and we are blessed to have him home with us, where he will heal a little more every day.

To all of you who witnessed the scene, called for help, stopped traffic and sent up prayers: We are eternally grateful. For the on-scene rescue workers and the trauma team that received Alex at Kosair Hospital, God bless you for jobs well done.

And finally, for the lady who was driving the minivan: We are so sorry that you were involved and want you to know that we have no ill feelings toward you. It is our hope that this letter will bring you some peace.

For our friends, family, Troop 1 and Troop 10 Boy Scouts, St. Anthony Church members, St. Anthony School family and everyone else who has reached out in love and prayers: We are blessed that you are part of our lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

— Joe, Nancy, Jared, Alex Cox and Thibault Gillis, Jeffersonville

Dems trying to use finances as political tool



It is abundantly clear that the 2014 election season is well underway.

Democrat Party Chairman Adam Dickey has wasted no time trying to condemn fiscal responsibility by Floyd County Commissioners, using half truths and glaring omissions of some of the facts to try to gain a political advantage for next year’s elections.

Dickey attacked a decision by commissioners to transfer money from the cumulative bridge fund to the general fund budget to balance the deficit. According to Commissioner Mark Seabrook, it made far more sense to borrow from our own funds interest free than incur an outside loan at any interest rate. He denied Dickey’s claim that the county was unable to borrow sufficient funds as patently untrue.

In transferring funds from the cumulative fund, one bridge will be delayed repair while other bridges and road work projects have continued to be completed, a fact that Mr. Dickey chose to conveniently ignore. He also ignored the fact that Floyd County has been tasked with funding another $1 million trial of David Camm by a liberal judge in Indianapolis and the fact that the state refunds more than 40 percent of those costs after completion of the trial. He forgot to mention about $400,000 coming back from the state … a situation far from his claim that the county was “tapped out.”

Dickey’s claim that Floyd County started this year with a $2.4 million deficit is, at the very least, misleading. He forgot to mention that this year’s budget was passed by last year’s Democrat-controlled council. To say that the Republican-led council has spent recklessly since then is hypocritical considering he represents the political party that has brought our nation $17 trillion in debt since the president took office. In fact, Floyd County has one of the lowest tax rates in the state at 1.15 percent.

Dickey fails to mention that the Republican-led commissioners and county council are choosing to not raise taxes and have, in fact, limited spending in all departments throughout the county for the past year. Instead of criticizing our commissioners and council, I think Mr. Dickey should be praising them for not raising our county taxes. Of course, that might mean he could lose some of those elections next year.

But it might be wise to choose a different target than a fiscally responsible commissioner board and county council. Maybe he should emphasize the superb money management of the city of New Albany led by Democrats. Of course, that election follows in 2015, so that might not be wise either.

— David Matthews, Floyd County Republican Party Chairman