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November 28, 2012

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Nov. 28

‘Stop, thief,’ writes C’Town reader

Our property is adjacent to Charlestown High School, and since we have a large vacant lot near Reis Field, we have allowed the school to use this property for free overflow parking. This year was no different. The high school band, Boy Scouts and so on have used this field for parking as a fundraiser for small donations.

My wife JoAnn and I wanted to show our support for our football team so we decided to display our Pirate flag. Unable to locate our flag and not being able to buy one at the last minute, I borrowed one from a friend and proudly displayed the borrowed flag in the free parking area. After the game ended, I went out to retrieve my friend’s flag and found the pole on the ground and the flag was missing. (I guess the 16-foot pole would not fit in the thief’s car.)

I am offering a $100 reward to any person that will expose the thief to the Charlestown Police Department.

I know I can buy a few flags for $100, but it’s worth $100 to me to catch this thief. When someone ask me if I learned my lesson and not allow free parking again, the answer is a firm “no.” I believe that 99 percent of those that took advantage of free parking are appreciative and honest citizens.

No, I won’t allow this thief to win.

— Harold Goodlett, Charlestown

Reader upset with response to attacks

On Nov. 20, I attended the City Council meeting in Jeffersonville to read a statement addressing the recent sexual attacks on minors in our area. I was hoping that the public would be notified sooner when a sexual predator on the loose. WDRB joined me with cameras, as we want to get the suspect’s picture up and get an arrest made.

After my statement, Mike Moore stood up and came to the podium.

I expected to hear him say that he was concerned for the safety of our children, and where he may not have immediate answers, they would look into improving the method by which this incident was conducted. I was hoping to change the way things were done; hoping that we can help prevent attacks on our children.

What did I hear? “It’s not my job to micromanage my departments. There have been a lot of rumors lately and I’m sick of it. I didn’t even know about these attacks until the press conference. My guess is that they were watching this guy.”

Dude. Seriously?

Obviously they weren’t watching him, or the creep wouldn’t have committed a second crime on Halloween.

And what rumors are you talking about? I wasn’t there addressing rumors. I was there because children in our community were attacked and a serial attacker was still at large. On behalf of the parents in our city, we want to be notified when a sexual predator is on the loose.

It’s common sense. You can notify the community of danger to our children while not compromising your investigation!

Let me state that I emailed everyone the same statement beforehand — the council, media and mayor. I wanted everyone to be on the same page with me that evening.

Afterward, I learn that the mayor is actually suing the council on an unrelated issue. I learn that they are not working together to address the problems in our city. The council stands on one side of the fence, the mayor stands on the other.

Prior to my attending the council meeting, several council members called me over my concerns. Our city clerk even offered up and idea on how to address the issue by placing a spot for public notifications on the city’s website. I think that’s a great idea. One could even link that into social media updates. I’m a web designer, and I know that these things are very easy to do and take very little time or effort.

I received no contact from the mayor’s office over this situation. That speaks volumes about his priorities in my book.

On my way out the door, Moore said to me, “This has nothing to do with politics.”

Obviously, it does. How unfortunate.

— Victoria George, Jeffersonville

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