October 21, 2014

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Letters to the Editor
Good news for Rising Star Casino in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Jimenez   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 4:58 PM

I would like to let you and your readers know some good news about the Rising Star Casino & Resort which tends to be overlooked especially in the face of increased competition from Ohio. For example, this summer has turned out very well; exceeding our expectations which we think deserves recognition.       
The new hotel addition has increased our availability by 50 percent while still maintaining strong summer occupancy of nearly 90 percent. Certainly, this has contributed to increased gaming revenue which has proportionately declined less year over year than some other area casinos.
We also must remember the unusually tough and long winter that thwarted our true potential. The property is back on track now as evidenced by our performance in July and August
But, we are most proud of our employees who have continually done exceptionally well on delivering our guest satisfaction standards such as in July with a score of 98 percent. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Rising Star team for their hard work and dedication to great customer service.
The Rising Star Casino & Resort continues to provide a great attraction and economic engine for the area and we hope that all the members of the community appreciate what we do and  endeavor to be supportive and positive about our future together.

Steven Jimenez
General Manager

ACLU: Police over militarization a growing problem PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Henegar   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:38 PM

Events in Ferguson, Mo. have tragically but necessarily touched off much needed debates about racial injustice, police tactics and the increasing militarization of local police departments.

The Indianapolis Star has reported that eight counties in Indiana have acquired MRAPS, large and intimidating Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

Police and sheriffs’ departments across the state now own thousands of military items obtained from surplus at very little cost, creating a “police industrial complex.” The militarization of police departments that we’re witnessing in Missouri is also happening in Indiana.

We understand that law enforcement has a challenging job, but we feel the presence of military machinery in our neighborhoods is alarming. In June, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report intended to provide details on this little-understood phenomenon.

The report, War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing, includes analysis of thousands of documents obtained through public records requests from police departments around the country.

The requests focused on more than 800 SWAT raids conducted by law enforcement agencies and on the acquisition of military weaponry, vehicles and equipment that may be ill-suited to basic police work.

The report also includes the ACLU’s recommendations to federal, state and local governments, including reining in incentives for police to militarize; tracking the use of SWAT and the guns, tanks, and other military equipment that end up in police hands; and developing criteria for SWAT raids that limit their deployment to the kinds of emergencies for which they were intended, such as an active shooter situation.

Law enforcement work must be done in an atmosphere that protects both our safety and our rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

We urge law enforcement leaders to be transparent about the acquisition and intended use of military surplus and to inform the public about the training officers will receive.

Further, we urge restraint so that the use of this intimidating equipment does not alienate communities or discourage residents from exercising their constitutionally-protected rights of free speech and assembly.

We urge the public to read the report and contact your local officials about the potential risks to your community. The report is available at www.aclu.org/militarization.

Jane Henegar
Executive Director
ACLU of Indiana

Don Bowman Scholarship Fund says thanks for help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janet, Daniel, Doug, & Danika   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:38 PM

The 2nd Annual Donald Bowman Scholarship Night 5k was a huge success on Saturday Aug. 9. We cannot thank the Vineyard Golf Course enough for allowing us to host the 5k. We also want to extend our thanks to all of our volunteers and Switzerland County EMS. Special thanks goes to Robin Bruce and The Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ for supplying the snack table.

The event would not have been a success without our many sponsors, volunteers, and donations. We would like to recognize our sponsors and tell them thanks.

Gold-Sons of the American Legion Squadron #59 Rising Sun, Ind., Woodyjam.com, Bucher Services, Bucher Burial Vaults, The Sign Store, The Vineyard Golf Course, Everything Under The Sun. and Theresa Scott Photography

Silver-Mayor Branden Roeder, Rae Baker Gipson-Clerk Treasurer, Rising Sun City Council, Bernie and Lynn Ann Huff, Feustel Family, The Gibbens Family, and The Titkemeyers
Bronze-Alyse Knapp- In Honor of Rick Robinson, Donita Valentine-Valentine Realty, Lavelle’s Tax Service, United Community Bank, David & Tammy Hogg, Russell Dunning & Family, AdvoCare-Angie Lozier (584-7413) and Amy Hochstrasser (513-515-6339), Deville’s Rising Sun Pharmacy, White’s Farms, Bear Branch Supply, Sharon & Bill Lucas, and Walmart
Medals-The Vollmer`s, Rick & Kathy Kelly, Hair Solutions-Connie Hoffman, Hair Solutions-Lainie Grogg, Mickie Furnish, Rising Sun Main Street, Lavelle’s Tax Service, Steve & Dorma Melchers, Ashley Cochran, Alice Cyrus-Country Star Crafts, Gregory`s Maintenance & Repair, Stevie & Tammy Johns, Baker Family, Evelina Coker Brown, Attorney at Law, Raine Highman-In memory of John Palmer, The Meister Family. The Dugle Family, Loretta Miller-In memory of Scott Miller, White`s Appraisal`s, White Pine Construction, Pondra & Joe Ayler, Jim & Carol Richardville, Aylor Salt Service, Bob & Grace Browning, The Wallace Family, and David & Danielle Titkemeyer
Donations-Rising Star Casino*Resort, Cappels Creations, Principled Chiropractic-Dr Troy Smith, Rising Sun Wellness Spa-Jennifer Brittain, Janet Bowman-Janet’s’ Cleaning, Neaman Floral, Perfect North Slopes, Amber Fisk-Tupperware, Personally Yours, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, Rising Sun City, Whitey`s Liquor Store, Hickory House, Caudillio`s, Rockies, Hair Solutions Lainie Grogg, Panama Pete`s Tanning Spa, Remax-Lori Eisert, Kathy Kelly, Car Country- Tom Tepe, Aylor Salt Service, Origami Owl Jeannie Siekman, Rusty Dunning, Shay Brown, Lauren Grace, Alyse Knapp, Ashley Cochran, Dena Cochran, Robin Bruce, Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Janet Bowman, Abby Friend, Pampered Chef Consultant, April Johnson, Charlie & Shirley Levi, United Community Bank, Debbie Luers-Simply Said Agent, Amanda Wallace, and Bev Tague.
If anyone was missed we are truly sorry but we greatly appreciate your help!

The Donald Bowman Scholarship Fund
Janet, Daniel, Doug, & Danika

Judges: Congrats G’dale on 10 years in AIB; thanks for hospitality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Amatangelo and Susie Stratton   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:23 PM

Congratulations to Greendale on your tenth year in the America in Bloom (AIB) competition!  

America in Bloom’s goal is to assist communities in becoming a destination to live, work and play.  Evaluations are done throughout the country and the individual results along with awards in like population categories will be presented at the National Symposium in Philadelphia, Oct. 2 through 4.

America in Bloom is an overview of a number of facets of your community.  The six criteria judged include Environmental Efforts, Heritage Preservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays and Overall Impression.

These categories, along with a look at community involvement, are designed to bring communities and people together to discover the many features and hidden gems that exist within their community.  

The judges provide seasoned insight and consultation toward improvements and their recommendations will further assist Greendale to promote and achieve a holistic, functional and vibrant community.

Two AIB judges, Sue Amatangelo and Susie Stratton, visited Greendale July 10 and 11 to view, praise and challenge your community’s progress in discovering and touting its hidden amenities and attributes along with improving the environment and quality of life of its citizens.

We heartily commend you for your efforts and involvement in America in Bloom and look forward to your participation for many years to come!  

Congratulations to the America in Bloom Committee led by Linda Cromer, Mayor Doug Hendrick, Steve Lampert, city departments, businesses, volunteers and everyone who contributed to this very significant effort.

Our sincere thanks to all of Greendale for your warm and wonderful hospitality.  

Sue Amatangelo and Susie Stratton
2014 America in Bloom Judges

SOS for Aurora: sinking casino cash and white elephants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert Martin   
Monday, August 04, 2014 4:31 PM

To the tax paying citizens of Aurora:

The subject of the pool closing permanently has recently come up at the council meeting.

I would like to comment about this and a couple of the other “white elephants” we taxpayers support.

The pool, after school starts, should be open on weekends and closed permanently after Labor Day weekend. The cost of repairs have, and will, be expensive and probably never repairs completely. These repairs will only increase as the pool ages. I doubt if this pool has ever broke even and loses money every year. This year’s three-month loss was $39,000. We need to “bite the bullet” and close the pool and stay out of the business entirely.

The next “white elephant” is the ARC, its history is like this:
It was Aurora High School (city owned).
Taken by SD school corporation.
Given back to Aurora after new school was built.
Given to the Cincinnati YMCA for $1.
Then “bought” back for $100,000 plus some restrictions and now loses $80,000 a year.

What a history. Close it or sell it.

The next “white elephant” is a big one. The Aurora soccer field was bought with “found money.” It was found by the mayor and his clerk-treasurer after telling the utility workers that Aurora was broke and had no money.

There has been a lot of money spent on this project, with a lot of grants and gifts. We were so poor, we could not pay $500 for the sign and got a grant from Lawrenceburg for this and a watering system. There are a lot of other expenses that are unknown. I think it would be a real “jolt” to know how much it is used versus the monthly downtime.

Please, Mr. Mayor, don’t find anymore money as I don’t think our economy could handle it, also, don’t lose Lawrenceburg’s phone number.

I was first against the hiring of a city manager, but after reading the last Journal-Press (7-29), I thought anything is worth a try, maybe he or she can penetrate the spend, spend mindset of this administration.

P.S. As the boat money sinks, so does Aurora.

Robert Martin
Aurora, Ind.