Letter to the Editor

Left holding gift certificates

Cox's Hot Chicken opened in New Albany in November. I purchased $800 worth of gift certificates. I used $100 of them and have $700 left and they didn't offer to pay me for them. I bought them for the New Albany restaurant. I wonder how many other people are in the same boat? I wonder if the servers got paid?

— Eddie Coleman

New Albany

Gun violence awareness event is today

It has been 20 years since the shooting at Columbine High School, six years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and one year since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Despite these horrific events, very little has been done by the government to prevent further shootings, and pass gun control laws.

As a high school student, this is terrifying. My classmates and I shouldn’t have to walk into school every day, worried about a shooting. We should be concentrating on learning, not practicing what to do in case a shooting were to happen. Schools are places of learning, not war zones. And the guns used to carry out these tragic shootings were weapons of war.

This is why I support organizations like Moms Demand Action, and Everytown For Gun Safety. I also support events like the Wear Orange event today (Saturday, June 8). This event will be at the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville, and will last from 1:30 to 3:30.

While this event will be family friendly with activities, snacks, and art, we still hope to raise awareness about gun violence in America. Please come out and support us.

— Greta Reel


Homeless deserve our respect, kindness

It matters not to me the age old clothes, the scuffed up shoes and the holy socks. When I see you walking down my road, with only a backpack filled with all you've got, it matters not to me that my hair needs trimmed, colored and styled to suit when I see you trudging down our roads, light so dim, living life destitute.

It matters not to me that I have so little when I see you have nothing at all, but what does matter is when I see you alone and I'm wondering if you have someone to call. I can't give you anything tangible, but I can give you something thats value is higher. A smile, eye contact to acknowledge your existence, a Prayer for assistance...whose need is dire.

I am not the one who can save you, neither am I the one who brought you here. You have always had the power inside of you, I'm just praying you recall that it's there. You are not an invisible being, nor are you trash like you think I think. You are a child of the Universe, a part of the sun and the stars...you're a very important link.

Cast out the phantom demons...for nothing exists but good...put your energy into this way of thinking, close the door on the old neighborhood...move on to your spirit's destiny...it is your absolute Divine right...to give up and get up and wake up and open up to the promise of your share of the Light!

— Kim Poore