Letter to the Editor

Dems, media can't get over ‘no collusion’

Guest columnist, John Krull, got it wrong on many levels.

The failure to recognize that Russia was attempting to interfere with the U.S. election process in 2016 is a failure of the Obama administration. Obama assured Americans the process was safe from being hacked on Oct. 16, 2016, from the Rose Garden. It was not the responsibility of candidate Trump to protect Americans from a disinformation campaign by Russia. If the Obama administration was convinced that Russian spies were trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign, why was candidate Trump not given a defensive briefing by the FBI?

The Mueller Report makes it very clear that no single person involved with Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 aided and abetted or worked with anybody from Russia.

Rather than celebrating that not just the President, not just his campaign, but NO American was involved in colluding with a foreign government, we are faced with the sadness that Democrats and members of the media are miserable because it did not happen.

AG Barr is correct to begin investigating the genesis of Mueller being assigned as Special Counsel. On Page 11, Vol. 1 of the report, Mueller states that the discredited Fake Dossier was the primary source of the the investigation. If true, there should have never been an investigation to begin with. That is worth investigating.

— Elizabeth Madden, Georgetown

Voter won't cast ballot for Hall

Why I won't be voting for Bob Hall for Mayor of Charlestown.

1. He sold the water utility. Volunteers got 1,150 residents to sign a petition to place it on the ballot. (It's called democracy.)

2. He forced owners in Pleasant Ridge out of their homes with exorbitant fines forcing them to sell for $10,000.

3. He lied on his application to the state to get a $500,000 matching grant to build a road through a private subdivision, stating there was one entrance into Pleasant Ridge,

4. As long as Bob Hall is Mayor, Charlestown will never have a swimming pool, recycling and he will continue to keep the Family Activities Center closed on Sunday because of his ideology.

There is a lot more but space is limited.

— Harold Goodlett, Charlestown

Homeowner wants to stop housing plan

This letter is to inform as many people as possible, especially in the Sandy Heights area, that at 61 Louise St. in Jeffersonville, where the Optimist Building is located, has been approved by the Planning and Zoning Committee and the City Council to be a 45 multi-family unit for homeless and in recovery substance abuse tenants. All the people I have talked with knew nothing about the plans and do not want it in a residential setting, fearing the property value will go down and crime rate will go up.

This project was turned down in the Ewing Lane area because word got out. We were not so lucky.

The buyers, BWI - Mariposa, misinformed the Optimist Board, telling them it was going to be apartments for the elderly. BWI - Mariposa said they did a survey of the area and got approval. I question the canvas, because I know White Castle and Papa John's was part of the survey. Don't ask businesses that would profit, ask residents that will suffer.

I have been told it's a done deal and cannot be stopped. The $400,000 purchase price has not changed hands as of yet, however contract has been signed.

Anyone have any ideas how to stop this from happening?

— Susan O'Neal, Sandy Heights Neighborhood, Jeffersonville

Funding education 

To All Concerned (Everyone),

Once again we sit at the cusp of another ending to a legislative session with no vision. Again, our schools will be deprived of much needed dollars in favor of more of the same. While it seems our legislature has begun to listen to the woes of educators, they have not been convinced of the impending doom over which they preside, and once again it seems that the “us vs. them” divide will continue. I would like to propose a different way of looking at why we should fund education.

It is time we begin to see our educational system as part of our local, state, and national infrastructure. If we do this, we can move beyond who gets what and begin to see that everyone gains. When we think infrastructure, we tend to see it as our roads, railways, airports, sewers, electrical grids, etc., but what we fail to see is that it all begins with our educational system. Indiana loves to see itself as a business-friendly state, and it is, but it could be argued that in the very near future businesses may become less friendly to us. Why? Because what right-minded corporation would want to locate in a state that does not at least attempt to provide for the most essential element of needed infrastructure? That element would be the educated workforce that today’s high-paying jobs require. Would you move your corporate headquarters to a place that does not begin to try to maintain the one thing that will make progress possible? Would management want to displace their families to a place where the schools are in disrepair and educators are underpaid, undervalued and leaving for other states, or leaving the profession all-together? I would not,.

This is how the public and private sectors can come together to find solutions to educational funding. We must all begin to work toward making this funding a statewide priority the same way we do our roads and airports. Let’s work together to make sense of a problem that will not go away simply because we ignore it. Losing our best and brightest educators to other states because we choose not to pay them what we should, and watching our programs and buildings disappear, is short-sided wrongful thinking. It will eventually result in Indiana becoming a state in which people will avoid working and investing. Let’s remind our legislators that education will remain the most vital piece of our infrastructure now and in the future.

— Mark Felix, Greater Clark EA President