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February 8, 2013



... to those who say dance teams and cheerleader squads aren’t participating in a sport, whether they’re serious or just stirring the pot.

These young women and men have more athletic prowess in their toes than I have in all of my being. If they can go off to a national tournament, come away with a top spot in one or two competitions and hang it on their wall, I’d certainly say that’s a sport.

— Jerod Clapp, News and Tribune Education reporter


Editor’s note: This following Jeer was incorrectly attributed last week:


I echo Jamey Aebersold’s concern about the condition of the East Spring Street Silver Creek bridge.

I have witnessed many near collisions as drivers traveling toward Louisville cross over to the left lane to avoid the pot holes in the right lane.

An additional safety concern is the lack of visible lane markers in the middle and on the sides of the road. This is especially hazardous when visibility is poor in darkness or rain.

With no lines to guide them, many drivers veer out of their lanes once they realize they are close to making contact with the concrete walls. I did see one accident happen as a result of this.

— Julie Naville, New Albany


...  to city administrators in Jeff and Louisville for finally completing the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. Drove to Louisville Thursday for the event. What a beautiful day, and a lovely design. Cheers also to the Jeff city fathers for NOT permitting dogs and their handlers from the Indiana side. There were too many canine fecal deposits made by well meaning pooches.

— William Longest, New Albany

READER JEERS last weekend’s Jeer from a member of the News & Tribune editorial staff, against a county website with the phrase “formally known as.” First, it’s very ironic (and somewhat hypocritical) for this newspaper to be pointing out errors by others in grammar, word choice, or spelling. Mainly, though, I wonder whether this staff member bothered to try contacting the county about the error first, if it is so bothersome, rather than simply poking fun at it in a public forum.

— Sam Johnson, New Albany 

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