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Dearborn County is part of Ind. & Indiana is part of Tri-State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Monday, February 18, 2013 11:31 PM

So far, so good, at least for our new Sixth District Rep. Luke Messer and new U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly. Messer was in Dearborn County last week, and his folks regularly send press releases, not that we have room for all of them, but it’s nice to know that Messer at least knows Dearborn County is part of the district. We haven’t had that much Congressional attention in years
I doubt any representative will be even close to being as attentive to constiuents as Lee Hamilton. Now, Hamilton, there was a representative.
In some circles, there are probably those who consider him a saint. I wouldn’t go that far, but he was known to read every paper in his district, and quickly responded to constituent requests. Messer has some big shoes to fill if he wants to live up to the legacy of Hamilton.

Donnelly also was in Dearborn County back in January. That was quite refreshing. Evan Bayh realized he represented the entire state, and Lugar was attentive in his own way. Lugar returned calls, and could relate a national or international issue down to the local level.
Thank you Luke Messer and Joe Donnelly for knowing Dearborn County is part of Indiana.
Speaking of Indiana, down here various other media refer to the Tri-State, and yet Indiana is seldom mentioned. Most of the time Southeastern Indiana is mentioned it is the old “if it bleeds, it leads” kind of coverage.
Or the Cincy folks find some other way of sensationalizing the regular news that local media, such as The Journal-Press/Dearborn County Register, Rising Sun Recorder, Brookville Democrat, and WRBI and Eagle radio stations, cover much better.
In the end, local media get put in the same basket as the Cincinnati media, but we’re the ones who are still here reporting on school board meetings; or a veterans’ trip; or a wreck on U.S. 50 in Greendale - which according to most Cincinnati media is Lawrenceburg; or plans to turn part of the Whitewater River into a fly fisher’s paradise ignoring regular residents; or a college student’s trip to Haiti; or a fire in Milan.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, at the end of the day I live here, Tim Hillman our Rising Sun editor lives here, Eagle  and WRBI’s reporters live here. We have roots in the communities we cover, our family and friends are here. While the Cincinnati media have a few folks living over here, their job and the main audience is where the largest population is, and that is NOT Southeastern Indiana.
On a completely unrelated note, thank goodness for my co-worker Chandra Mattingly’s blogs on seeds and gardening. Those columns provide hope that spring will come, eventually. While this has not been, so far, a particularly cold or snowy winter, it has still been winter.
Winter stinks. Making this winter particularly unpleasant is the roller coaster of temperatures, updownupdown with no break or very long streak of one or the other. All that up and down has those of us who suffer from “Cincinnati sinus” more miserable than usual this winter.
While snow is a dirty word in my book, at least if the natural stuff falls the kids/dog can go out and play in it.
Otherwise when it’s muddy and/or cold no one really gets out much, although this week folks can get some outdoor time and help a good cause with Tour for a Cure’s Perfectly Pink Tubing at Perfect North Slopes 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Thursday, Feb. 21.
Chan’s husband, Bob Mattingly, takes some great nature photos to go with her blog and/or for use to just generally run. Photos of blooming crocuses or various other plants hopefully brighten readers’ days as much as they brighten mine.
Speaking of readers, sometimes it’s hard to make all of you happy (see also the above Indiana note and don’t lump us or the local radio stations in with the Cincinnati folks). Some readers like lots of local sports coverage and don’t think we have enough. Some readers don’t think we have enough coverage of wrecks or crime, while others think we have too much. Some readers think we need more school news or features, while - yes, you’ve got it - some think there’s too much.
Finding a balance in our papers is difficult, but if you don’t like something or if you do like something send us an email, erussell@registerpublications.com, or send us a letter, Register Publications, P.O. Box 4128, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, or like our Facebook page or comment on a story/post on Facebook.
If there’s a local story or topic you like or that outrages you, send us a letter to the editor.
Surely someone must have an opinion on the Destination Brookville stuff or expanding Tax Increment Finance Districts or livestock in Aurora City limits. We can’t please everybody all the time, but it helps us to know what you’re reading or would like to read.

Erika Schmidt Russell is editor of The Journal-Press and The Dearborn County Register.



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