Letters to the Editor

Political jabs unproductive

Mr. [Paul] Fetter has used his position as a way of digging a larger divide between the two political parties and this time he did that in a very public way at a town council meeting where he is an elected official. His first attempt was on 6/11/19 in a Guest Column in this newspaper.

Here’s how I believe meetings of elected officials best operate, basically, leave your political stabs at home. Once elected, it is up to the elected official to put away all that partisan rhetoric. A portion of the citizenry did not vote for you, however you will govern all citizens with their best interest in mind. This is especially true for an official that represents the entire town, which is Mr. Fetter’s position.

Mr. Fetter has become fond of calling Democrats, Socialists. It is an age-old term used to put a group of people on the offensive. Ninety years ago during a presidential campaign, the claim against Roosevelt stated there could only be one Capital — Moscow or Washington. This seems eerily familiar today. We know it for what it is, a dog whistle tool for campaigns ranging from the local to the national stage.

What could possibly be Mr. Fetter’s motives or desired outcome by resorting to such tactics?

I have deep concern for those of our elected community who feel it necessary to refer to an entire group of their constituents as one false entity. My concerns, however, are even deeper for those of us who continue to be represented by those who can’t or won’t present facts, who can’t or won’t engage in intelligent debate, who won’t, when appropriate, welcome compromise.

— KATE MILLER

Chair, Clark County Democrats

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Urge Congress to act on guns

I applaud The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star’s editorial board for writing about the need for action to curb gun violence. We can prevent gun violence in our communities!

The article brought up many important points, like the fact that the majority of Hoosiers and Americans do support common-sense measures to prevent gun violence. A 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that a majority 85 percent of Americans support requiring a background check on all gun buyers. Americans know that this is a public safety measure that makes sense and respects the second amendment.

In their editorial, they also commended national retailers for taking steps to prevent gun violence in their stores. I also want to thank Kroger, Walmart and the others following suit. The people and businesses have spoken. Now, we need our elected officials to take action. Senators [Mike] Braun and [Todd] Young can take action on a bipartisan background check bill. Rep. [Trey] Hollingsworth will have a chance to vote on more common-sense measures like a red flag law and The Disarm Hate Act.

As the editorial stated, “The American people must keep up the pressure.” Join me in doing just that. Make a quick call and ask these elected officials to take action on gun violence prevention

n Senator Braun: 202-224-4814

n Senator Young: 202-224-5623

n Rep. Hollingsworth: 202-225-5315 I’ve found hope and guidance by volunteering with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Moms Demand Action is a non-partisan, grassroots group of Americans working together to prevent gun violence. You too can join in this work. Check out MomsDemandAction.org or text READY to 644-33 to get connected with our local group!

— HEATHER SWINNEY

New Albany

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CHEERS

To the News and Tribune and Paper Predators for the on-site paper shredding event held at the Jeffersonville office on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. This is a great public service that I hope you will repeat in 2020.

— MIKE MATTHEWS

Jeffersonville

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Expand access to whole-patient care

A cancer diagnosis changes your whole world. And it changes the world of your family and friends too. And I know, because my Dad has kidney cancer. As a caregiver, I see how every day brings a new and different challenge; fear, anxiety and pain are a regular part of the diagnosis and treatment of a serious disease. Over time, these can take a toll on your quality of life.

But there is a promising field of medical care that could change the way care for those with a serious illness like cancer. Palliative care treats the whole patient, not just the disease. Specialized medical professionals can improve the quality of life of the patient and their family through coordination of care, focusing on relief from pain and other symptoms of the disease and treatment. Not only can it improve patient experience and outcomes, it can also reduce medical costs.

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge Senator Braun to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, a bill that would increase education of and access to palliative care. This bipartisan legislation has tremendous support in both the House and Senate, and it could make a world of difference for cancer patients like my Dad and their families.

Congress has the opportunity to increase access to palliative care, so patients and their families have that extra layer of support when they need it most. Join me in calling on our lawmakers to help move this important bill forward.

— MARY KOST

Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) New Albany

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Democrat calls for change

Politics is about power. Leadership, however, is about service.

As a lifelong Democrat, I’ve taken a great interest in New Albany government and am, frankly, appalled by the insularity and lack of transparency displayed by the incumbent.

It’s time for a change.

Mark Seabrook has never lied to me. He has never tried to mislead me. And most importantly, he has never pretended that I, as an unelected citizen, should have no voice in my local government.

That’s not something I can say about the candidate nominated by my party.

Since about half of all votes are now cast in early voting, I feel it’s time to make my choice public. I urge my friends and family to elect Mark Seabrook to be New Albany’s next mayor. His record of service is obvious. He is the only candidate we can count on to be honest, accountable, and transparent.

The next mayor will be faced with dramatic problems. The debt accumulated during the past 8 years is unsustainable and it will take a skilled leader to deal with those problems.

Mark Seabrook is that leader. Whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, we can’t afford four more years of this incumbent. Elect Mark Seabrook.

— RANDY SMITH

New Albany

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Restaurant opens for grieving family

Dear Community, We recently lost our loving mom. After the visitation we needed a place to gather and have dinner for 39 family members.

Chris at Town on Spring Street in Jeffersonville opened his restaurant and his heart to accommodate us. The food was great and the service was awesome. If you are looking for a special place to dine, check out Town.

— THE BENTON FAMILY

Jeffersonville

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