... to our loyal customers and readers.

As we close out 2012, I wanted to thank our readers and advertisers for their loyalty and commitment at a time when there are many media and other outlets competing for your time and attention.

There are frustrations that come with any job, and working at a daily newspaper can be stressful. One reason for that is that people care so much about what goes in the paper. It’s important to them, and to us. The community often feels like part owners of the News and Tribune.

The good part of that is that people do care, and we strive every day to reward that loyalty with the best coverage around of Clark and Floyd counties.

Thank you and happy New Year.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the staff of Tucker’s American Favorites in New Albany for their fine service and food at the News and Tribune’s Christmas Party on Dec. 22.

It was one of the best holiday parties for our company coming off a strong year.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the political leaders in Washington who can not find common ground when it comes to avoiding the fiscal cliff. Even if a deal is reached in the final hours of 2012, it should have never gotten to this point. The two sides should be able to work together for the common good to the citizens. That is why we elect them to do our business.

This country is so split right now and the old statesmen of the past — like Bob Dole and Lee Hamilton — are nowhere to be found. I find the leadership on both sides of the aisle a joke and the partisan rhetoric we hear daily is sickening.

Hopefully, you and I will avoid the cliff. If we don’t, our tax rates will go up significantly beginning Tuesday.

— Assistant Editor Chris Morris


... to Editor Shea Van Hoy for his Jeer in the Dec. 22-23 Opinions page of the News and Tribune concerning the journalists interviewing students at Sandy Hook Elementary School immediately after the shootings there Dec. 14.

This episode of American violence was tragic enough without this type of unprofessional behavior. It was enough to turn the stomach of the strongest viewer. Thanks for giving voice to what many of us were thinking.

— David A. LaHue, Floyds Knobs


... to Dick’s Sporting Goods for removing semiautomatic rifles from their shelves.

— Marilyn Mattingly, Jeffersonville


... to families on both sides of Interstate 64 near the U.S. 150 exit for putting up a big cross and stars on their properties around Christmas.

It is a great sight to see on my way home every night.

— Colene Mattingly, Galena

— 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.

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