Letter to the Editor

Columnist failed to point out judges’ ‘poor judgment’


— Sheep

Following is a response to Lindon Dodd’s opinion piece in the News and Tribune, regarding his thoughts on the shooting of Clark County judges and the community’s reaction.

Your overarching point was lost on me. While exercising poor judgment of attending bars into late hours of the night on the eve of an important conference funded through theft (taxation), the judges are courageous? The judge (Jacobs), who has positioned his life to wield authoritarian powers of sentencing non-violent individuals to cages, is courageous?

The opinion alluded to toughness throughout, but you decided to take a weak approach by not questioning why the judges were out until 3 in the morning when their taxpayer-funded trip was set to begin the following morning. No mention of criticisms regarding drinking and driving. It was cited through multiple news sources the judges were attending one or multiple bars throughout the night and the video evidence from White Castle shows the judges were driving their own vehicle. You didn’t express any curiosities of a toxicology report. The medical bills. The taxpayers are likely to pick those up also. How about praise for Vicki Carmichael? She made a good judgment by not involving herself in the late-night activities with the two male judges.

The intentional absence of criticisms and dismissive attitude toward such criticisms was a clairvoyant display of the government lackey that you are. From your mentioned service in the Navy, you encountered many examples of government waste, fraud, and abuse. The military, by design, has always been a bloated and unnecessarily large sector of government and this parallel point of applying criticism to the judges for their wasteful and their taxpayer-abusing actions appears to be lost on you. While I don’t read your opinion pieces often, it’s quite clear from the few I’ve read, you’re another sheep in the herd.

— Tyler Sandefur


Health providers to be honored

At Clark Memorial Health, we know that it takes around-the-clock efforts and dedicated teamwork to provide the highest quality care for our neighbors and achieve our mission of Making Communities Healthier. Every spring, it is our privilege to celebrate our healthcare providers and community partners and honor the hard work they are putting in each day to enhance our collective health and well-being. There are several national observances in the month of May that give us a perfect opportunity to do just that.

First, May 6-12 marks National Nurses Week, a chance to honor our outstanding nurses who are making a positive difference in the lives of patients every day. Our nurses provide excellent medical care and are a reassuring presence for our patients and their families in their most vulnerable times. I thank them and celebrate them for their unwavering commitment to caring for those in need.

We also celebrate May 12-18 as National Hospital Week.

This week provides an opportunity to recognize all of our physicians, employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a high quality, compassionate, safe and patient-centered experience for everyone who comes through our doors. These men and women are integral to achieving our vision of creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, and I am so proud of their dedication to that effort.

Finally, I want to take the opportunity to salute two additional groups who are Making Communities Healthier beyond our hospital walls. May 12-18 also marks National Skilled Nursing Care Week (formerly known as National Nursing Home Week). I am so grateful for our community’s skilled nursing centers, which provide the essential care that many of our seniors and neighbors with disabilities need in order to live better and more fulfilled lives. Later in May, we will also be celebrating National EMS Week May 20-26. When emergencies strike, minutes matter, and I am incredibly thankful for our community’s emergency medical workers, who provide critical, lifesaving care when our neighbors need it most.

Ensuring the good health of our communities is an all-day, every-day job, and it would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of each one of these people. Their commitment to our health and well-being brings numerous benefits to our community, and for that, we should all be truly thankful.

— Martin Padgett

CEO, Clark Memorial Hospital

Thank You to Jeffersonville Street Department

Sometimes I hear or read about fellow Jeffersonville residents complaining about city services. This includes complaints about the roads, construction and potholes. I for one am not complaining. In fact, I think our local street department does a terrific job. Any time I have called about potholes in my neighborhood or on local roads, they have responded within days and taken care of the problem. The city picks up nearly anything residents set out, including old appliances, construction debris and yard waste. Folks, this level of city service is the exception — not the rule.

I have lived on the west coast, the east coast, and numerous states between, including across the river, and in none of those places were city services as responsive to the needs of their residents as they are right here in Jeffersonville. Let’s all say thank you for a change. Sometimes we just don’t know how good we’ve got it.

— Bethony Barker