Letter to the Editor

Unique stores, greenspace preferred in Jeffersonville

Are chain stores really good for Jeffersonville?

Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee and I enjoy Starbucks. I also love convenience — who doesn’t? But does anyone ever consider the other side of development? When we go get our coffees from a drive thru, we are creating waste by ordering disposable cups and straws. Our ecological footprint from a Starbucks is not something to be proud of. Culturally, Starbucks adds nothing to Jeffersonville. It will detract from the business of smaller, more interesting and unique coffee shops — Too Tired Bike and Bean and Pearl Street Game and Coffee House. We recently went to Seattle, and one of the many things I love about that city is its character. Unusual restaurants you haven’t heard of before with cool art and fun menu choices. I would love to see us encouraging character instead of just bringing in yet another predictable chain, making Jeffersonville look more like every other city in mid-America.

How about the proposed T.J. Maxx next to Hobby Lobby? Is there not a T.J. Maxx five minutes away in Clarksville? Are we really better off taking our land to build a retail shop with minimum wage jobs that will probably go out of business in a year? This will add no character to our city, and will hardly even add convenience. You know what I would rather see on that land? Nothing. Allow it to grow and be a wild park where kids can climb trees, explore unusual fungi and discover nature. Allow animals to have a place to live instead of crowding them out and then flattening them as roadkill. Or create a community of tiny houses where people with low incomes can have an affordable place to live with shared gardens and chicken houses. Turn it into a composting center for the city, where people can drop off food or yard waste and pick up nutrient-rich compost to grow healthy food that feeds not only people, but also our pollinators.

I’d like to see our politicians thinking outside the box. Thinking about more than just enriching developers who already have oodles of money, and thinking about the bigger picture. Not just shopping opportunities, which are hard on our planet and our pocketbooks, but opportunities to just be and improve our health and happiness — both of people and the natural systems that we all depend on to survive.

— Anna Murray


EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore told the News and Tribune in late April that, as a result of the new Jeffersonville location, the T.J. Maxx store in Clarksville would close; however, a spokesman for T.J. Maxx could not confirm that.

Council goes too far on Theatair X

In typical Republican fashion, the Republican Party members of the Clarksville Town Council voted to exercise their authoritarian powers as well-trained disciples of Marxism to intervene in a private market and shut down private commerce. Pointing out to the public relations associate of the News and Tribune, Aprile Rickert, Theatair X is a private establishment not a public one as stated in your PR piece (concerning, since the NT boss recently published an opinion piece on proper use of words).

Here are several questions a journalist could ask the Clarksville Town Council:

a. With Theatair X being a private establishment, why is it of public concern the activities of non-violent consenting individuals?

b. With the 4th Amendment giving right for citizens to be secure in their private establishment against unreasonable searches and seizures, if Theatair X is going to be unreasonably searched, should all private establishments (inclusive of commercial and residential) be searched and reprimanded for the same violations as placed on the Theatair X?

c. To the Republican members of the Town Council, doesn’t the harassment of non-violent private commerce conflict with the principles of small government expressed by the Republican Party?

d. To the Republican members of the Town Council, with the significant levels of historical violence of black markets, why would you put lives in jeopardy by promoting black markets?

e. To the Republican members of the Town Council, how do you reconcile government owning property through zoning and the political pursuit of limited government?

The Marx Council of Clarksville has shown their hand. Do the voters of Clarksville stand with dictators confiscating private property or do the voters acknowledge the establishment and protection of private property?

— Tyler Sandefur


Dems had many reasons to block abortion bill

This is a response to Ms. Saundra K. Naugle’s 05/06 letter, “LifeNews: Dems ‘Block Bill To Stop Infanticide,’” where she claims Democrats are in favor of abortion surviving infanticide by blocking SB 311, the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”

Ms. Naugle, did you take time to research WHY Democrats blocked this act?

1. The bill is unnecessary since the 2002 “Born Alive Protection Act” covers that infanticide is already illegal in every state. This act includes induced abortions.

2. The bill is aimed at restricting access to legal abortion. The definition of abortion in this bill would include where labor is induced because of fetal abnormalities.

3. This bill put physicians in a terrible situation, where they know the appropriate medical care but wonder what the legislative interpretation of the circumstances would be, under the threat of criminal penalties.

4. Seventeen medical groups stated in a letter to the Senate that the bill amounted to “another restriction on women’s access to reproductive health care.”

5. This situation could be political; conversation concerning born-alive abortions and late-term abortions can encourage people to view abortion as to favor the Republican’s agenda such as “Democrats are for abortion surviving infanticide.”

6. Late-term abortions represent a small minority of hundreds of thousands of U.S. abortions each year, and they are typically concerned with the mother’s health or embryo abnormalities.

7. Lies like this that Democrats are in favor of abortion surviving infanticide is a good example of what can be called a “conceptual tar pit”; a pit where proper ideas cannot escape a pit of bad ideas and horror stories. The possibility of an abortion surviving infanticide is being “tarred” by an imagined society that cannot think and does not care.

(factcheck.org/2019/03; post-gazette.com/2019/02/05; nytimes.com/2019/02/26; “Aid in Dying,” Byron Chell, page 63)

“LifeNews has been a reputable pro-life online news source for many years.” Ms. Naugle, I read your referenced article and I would disagree. Not one of the seven Democrat objections I have mentioned are discussed in this article.

I am obviously Pro-Choice.

— Larry E. Farr