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Letters

  • State concern building over tariffs

    What started as a rightful attempt to protect American steel and aluminum from cheap imports has transformed into a potential global trade war with chilling economic impacts for Indiana and beyond. 

    How widespread are the disputes with countries that are longtime trading partners? Washington is at odds with six of America’s top seven foreign markets. These countries account for more than half of all U.S. exports.

  • Indiana government can do better for Hoosiers

    Let’s talk a little about Indiana:

    Earlier this week CNBC released their best states for business reports and Indiana ranked 16th overall, dropping 2 positions from the last report but here’s the really bad news:

     

    • Indiana ranked 35th in education, 40th in workforce, 46th in quality of life and received an F in general well-being of our people.

    • In 2016 Indiana released more toxic chemicals into the environment than 44 other states, that’s right we were No. 6.

  • Don’t label coal-to-diesel opponents

    In a recent June 19 letter in the Dubois County Free Press, Greg Merle, president of Riverview Energy, described the opposition’s point of view to the proposed direct coal-hydrogenation project in Dale, Indiana as “propaganda” and “a mechanism of control” explaining that “fear is the oldest and most devious method known to man to control a population.”

  • Legislators voted for transparency

    Editor’s Note. The following letter was mailed to State Rep. Stephen Bartels by Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association, related to legislation on government transparency.

    A similar letter was sent to State Sen. Erin Houchin.

     

    Dear Rep. Bartels:

     

  • River Sweep 2018 a success

    Now, we would like to thank the volunteers who participated in the River Sweep.

    We would also like to thank the following donors of food, money and supplies: Chicago’s Pizza, Subway, Noble’s IGA, Papa John’s Pizza, Franzman Insurance Agency, Tell City Junior-Senior High School, Joseph and Marilyn Schoeppel and Perry County Memorial Hospital.

    And, although we did not need the services of Tell City or Cannelton Police departments, the Perry County Sheriff Department or the EMS, it was great to know they were there if their services were required.

  • Kiwanis Club members’ Walk of Honor

    This year, the Tell City Kiwanis started a new patriotic way to donate to the youth in our community.

    The Walk of Honor allows individuals to line Tell City’s City Hall Park with American flags. The flags show our community’s patriotism and allows our community to memorialize or honor a loved one or families, veterans and non-veterans.

    Flags have a card with the name of the person/family that the purchaser wished to honor or memorialize. The flags were set up prior to Memorial Day and will be up until July 5.

  • Rome beer, wine, food festival a success

    We would like to thank everyone who made the Rome Courthouse Bicentennial Beer, Wine, Music and Food Festival on June 9 such a success.

    Thanks to the many people who organized the event and helped prepare the grounds. They were beautiful. We appreciate the wineries and breweries that took part, food and craft vendors and the bands who kept all of us entertained.

    Finally, thanks to the many people who attended. We know it was a hot day, with heat, an afternoon deluge of rain but Saturday evening was great. We hope everyone had a great time.

  • Riverview wants to be a good neighbor

     

    As I’ve been meeting directly with residents, businesses and leaders in the Spencer County region over the past several months, my impression of the community has been reinforced again and again. Spencer County is brimming with wonderful people who understand that seeking development will lead to opportunities for economic advancement for generations to come. These people also understand that goal can be achieved in balance with environmental health.

  • Why, Mr. Drug Dealer?

    Dear Dealer,

     

    I wonder, if you knew the destruction of what you do … would you stop? Would you turn your life around knowing you were saving lives and families by doing so? If you could follow all the little bags you exchange for cash on their full journey would it make you feel remorse?

    If you could see the child in fear, hiding in her older siblings bedroom while their parents fight? If you could see the children hungry, going to school with no lunch, making their own way there because their parents handed all their cash to you?

  • Company claims about Dale plant wrong

    On March 21, Greg Merle sent a letter to the Dale Indiana Town Council  refuting “misleading and false information” about his proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant in Dale. His reply contained a number of falsehoods, which I feel must be addressed.

    1. “Any emissions from this plant will be low compared to other industries.”  We disagree. The emissions from this plant will go far beyond the plant itself.  This plant’s product is diesel.