Letters to the Editor

I’m writing in hopes to encourage my fellow citizens (friends, family, neighbors, former students...even strangers) to be intentional and determined to exercise their freedom and great privilege to cast their vote in our elections Nov. 3. To quote a woman of great courage, Channaly Philipp, Life and Tradition Editor, Epoch Times, June 25, 2020, we are “to preserve and protect the best of what’s been left to us by the generations who came before…” in gratitude for their wisdom and great sacrifice to provide for our future, we must participate in making choices to determine governance for ourselves and our children.

BE REGISTERED before Oct 5, and SHOW UP (or vote by Absentee ballot), and cast your vote. Support the candidates that best reflect (honestly; with their action, not just words) your values, ideals, and beliefs. Know the Constitution. Celebrate all it provides. When asked at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, “What have you wrought?” Ben Franklin replied,”a Republic, if you can keep it.” We must participate in keeping it! “We the people” will soon be allowed to participate in the most critically important election of our lifetime; we have choices to make. We can vote legally, correctly, with discernment, without fear or threat of coercion; as it should be.

That brings me to this: when my adult children or a neighbor asks me about individuals on the ballot (because they “don’t know these people”), I realize many of us who DO eagerly look forward to voting show up at the polls confident in knowing the Presidential candidates, (through time, experience, what we witness on TV, and from our own research), but feel unsure about casting our vote for other important offices because “we don’t know these people!” We were robbed of the opportunities to meet and get to know the candidates in the usual ways this summer, (city festivals, dinners, church and social gatherings, fund-raisers), so I’m compelled to share my confidence in one such candidate:

Because I DO know him, respect him, appreciate his knowledge of the law and his genuine compassion for people...especially those in trouble, struggling with bad choices they’ve made, suffering the consequences of being held accountable for those choices and incarceration for their illegal activity, in desperate circumstances, possibly overcoming (or surrendering to) harmful addictions, living in a vicious cycle, in need of rehabilitation, all appearing before a Judge.

Dan Moore has served as a Judge, and is on the ballot to serve again. Circuit Court #1. He has served with dignity and worked to bring stability and integrity to the honorable position of Judge. Not perfect, as no one is, but a man of impeccable standards & character. I’ve known him and his family for over 30 years. He has proven his dedication to be a positive influence upon young people. He created the “1st ever” Crisis Intervention Team with local hospitals and police departments. He began the Night Court Program and a legal Self-help Center. He held an annual Scout Mock Trial Program and the Riding the Circuit Youth Education Program. He has served as Clarksville School Attorney and as Chief Deputy Prosecutor. He has served as an Instructor of Business Law at IUS and Ivy Tech. He negotiated the transfer of the property that is now River Ridge from the U.S. Army to Clark County. He volunteers his time, resources, and talent to the YMCA, the productions on Jeff River Stage, AAU basketball and Little League …and has presided over 40 Jury Trials.

So, I can say you can know DAN MOORE is a proven good choice for Judge of Circuit Court #1.

Please make every effort to vote. Ask about the candidates you don’t know; research. Participate in the elections. It is a great privilege!

Thank you for this opportunity to express myself in The News and Tribune; another great privilege we have as “the people” of our great Republic!

Dixie Busby, Retired Teacher, Charlestown

Support Shumate for Floyd County Commissioner

In my letter published in News and Tribune on Aug. 5, 2020, I pointed out that John Schellenberger had, as a member of the Floyd County Council in 2015, voted to establish Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority with the power of Eminent Domain. Tom Pickett voted with Schellenberger, the other five Council members showed better judgment and the move failed. With that Eminent Domain authority no real property within Floyd, Clark, Scott, Washington, or Jefferson counties would be safe from the whim of an appointed board accountable to no one. It would have been a chronic threat to the principle of private property ownership; a principle that should not be for sale. That version would also have authorized the RDA to encumber the five counties with up to $40 million in bonded indebtedness for any project they chose regardless of public approval. This debt would have been paid by taxpayers regardless of success or failure of the project. The Eminent Domain provision was removed and the RDA was established in 2017.

John Schellenberger is currently running for re-election to the Board of Floyd County Commissioners. I sent the three County Commissioners a copy of my letter of Aug. 5, 2020 (which stated that the public needs to know his reason for voting to jeopardize private ownership of real estate) in case they didn’t read the News and Tribune. With three months to respond before the election, his only response that I’m aware of was reporter Daniel Suddeath’s account of the Commissioners’ meeting of Sept. 15, 2020 (News and Tribune of Sept. 16). In this account Schellenberger said there was no guarantee that funding would be awarded locally in 2015; this exposes his vulnerability to the mere prospect of money at any cost. This instinct was illustrated in a comparably smaller way in the Stormwater meeting of Dec. 5, 2019, when farmers asked for relief from unfair Stormwater fees and the unfairness was emphasized forcefully and clearly shown. Schellenberger asked the first question. His question had nothing to do with fairness; he simply asked how much the requested change would reduce revenue for the Stormwater Program, and got action delayed.

Jeremy Shumate is a good prospect for County Commissioner. He can bring a much needed new perspective to development in Floyd County. Schellenberger is on record for favoring high density subdivisions on narrow, insufficient county roads. Shumate has stated county road improvement as a priority.

George Mouser, Floyds Knobs

Salute to pediatric nurses

October 5-9 is Pediatric Nurses Week. Within the stuttering community, parents’ fear that a child is beginning to stutter is well known — and very real.

When a concerned parent first notices any speech irregularities, they usually visit their pediatrician’s office for advice. This is often the initial conversation about stuttering in a clinical setting — and pediatric nurses have the first chance to offer support and provide expert information.

For more than 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has provided current, trusted information about stuttering for the pediatric medical community to share in the clinical setting. We join the many voices in honoring pediatric nurses this week for all they do for our community.

Jane Fraser, President, the Stuttering Foundation, Memphis, TN

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