News and Tribune

December 8, 2012



... to the man who stopped his car on U.S. 150 Monday afternoon near Greenville to help a Bullmastiff that was walking in traffic. He more than likely saved the dog’s life.

— Chuck Branham, Chief Photographer


... to the city of Jeffersonville for adding more trash receptacles along Spring Street.

With our office on the 200 block of Spring Street, I’m often walking downtown and try to pick up the trash I see and throw it away. With more stations to put cups, wrappers and so on in the first place, the less likely trash is to end up on city streets and sidewalks.

— Shea Van Hoy, Editor


... to the New Albany City Council for establishing an Ethics Commission, to which I submitted a charge regarding unethical acts by the city’s Economic Development Director, David Duggins, but a tentative Jeer that the Ethics Commission has not even responded to my complaint over the replacement of the Urban Enterprise Association Director Michael Ladd.

— Randy Smith, New Albany


... to Sarah Green at the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville and her staff.

 It is so obvious how much she and her staff truly care about all animals — and if you think transforming an animal shelter to “no kill” is an easy task, just talk to anyone who works at the shelter.

Please include J.B. Ogle or any of our local animal rescue or shelters in your gift-giving. They need our help to keep our animals safe and to find them good homes.

— Carol Dawson, Jeffersonville



... to the city of Jeffersonville for being selected as a National Award Winner in the 29th annual National Night Out (NNO) crime, drug, and violence prevention program.

Because of the hard work of Jeffersonville neighborhood leaders and support from city officials, 2012’s  August NNO was a huge success with a doubling of neighborhood participation from the previous year. Close-knit neighborhoods increase safety and quality of life for their residents and NNO is just one effort toward that goal.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.

— Marilyn Czape, secretary, Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance


... to the kind people who offer to help those who struggle with everyday tasks.

Recently, I have been the recipient of much help. This is especially true in the grocery store where things are too high, too heavy or are hard to find. People at the Sellersburg JayC Food Store are especially helpful. Thank you.

But just a word of caution: Ask before you take hold of someone. You might scare them out of their wits. Most of the time, it is better to let them hold onto you. Handrails are more stable than people; let us use them.

Remember, we are not able to move well or fast, do not walk too fast or rush us. And never grab a door when you see us struggling with it. That is unless you want to help us up off the pavement. But do keep offering your help. We do appreciate it.

And, oh yes, please do not call me “Miss” anything. It has been a long time since I was a “Miss.” Just use my given name or even “Hey, you” or “old woman.” I will answer if I hear you. I do not need a title.

I know you mean well and are trying to be respectful, but it feels condescending.

So, cheers to all you helpful people. Your help does make our lives more pleasant.

And, cheers to the News and Tribune for giving me a place to express my opinion and feelings.

— Mazie Hecker, Sellersburg


... to the U.S. Postal Service employees who insist on parking in an area labeled “customer parking” adjacent to the Jeffersonville post office.

Often, cars can be seen lined up into the street waiting for an open space in the parking lot this time of year. Considering that the USPS is losing market share, it would seem that allowing these four or five convenient spaces to be utilized several times and hour instead of unavailable most of the day should make good business sense.

To the few miscreants that repeatedly claim these parking spots and to the postmaster for allowing it to occur, I say: “bah, humbug.”

— Rich Wessel, Jeffersonville


... to the clerks that serve customers at the walk-up windows at the Jeffersonville Post office.

They are always friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Perhaps they could teach some of their co-workers to be more customer-friendly.

Keep up the good work and happy holidays.

— Rich Wessel, Jeffersonville

— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.