April 23, 2014

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Letters to the Editor
Food Pantry serves community PDF Print E-mail
Written by St. Vincent de Paul   
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:45 PM


Volunteerism is alive and working in Dearborn County.  In addition to those profiled in last week’s paper, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry has been another prime example for 22 years.  
We are located in the basement of 210 Fifth Street (rear of the building) in Aurora.  
The pantry serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background.
On average we serve 524 people per month from Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and even Switzerland counties.
All of the donations, both monetary and food comes from individuals, churches, schools, community groups, and businesses.  
This year we are again participating in the Feinstein Challenge.  It runs from March1 to April 30.  It challenges non-profit agencies to collect money and food to help feed the hungry of the nation.  
The amount of money the pantry receives depends on how many agencies around the country take part and how much the pantry raises in money/food.  The more donations received the more money the pantry could receive from the Feinstein Foundation.
To make a donation, please send it to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, IN 47001.  
For more information, please call 812-926-1637.  We are an example of what a community can do to help their neighbors.

St. Vincent de Paul

43rd Senate candidate invites questions, comments on website PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Schneider   
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:33 PM

My name is Mark Schneider, and I am a Republican candidate for the 43rd district of the Indiana State Senate. It is my intention to lay out my positions through a series of letters to the editor in order for the voters of my distinct to better know my stance on the issues before voting in the May primary.

One important issue always facing our state is to produce a budget that continues to maintain Indiana’s reputable priority of fiscal responsibility. Just as every Hoosier household has to live within a budget, it is as important as ever for the state of Indiana to do so as well.

A strong, balanced budget leads to more stable and lower tax rates. It is an invaluable asset to our current businesses and is a strong selling point to any other business outside our state looking to expand elsewhere.

The balance sheet of our state is the envy of the Midwest as we proudly can boast our AAA credit rating, something which no other neighboring state can boast.
Developing a business environment in Indiana that produces well-paying jobs should be a top priority, and producing a smart and sensible state budget is an important first step toward achieving that goal.

As Mitch Daniels said, “Governments do not run economies. They do not create jobs or wealth. At their worst, they destroy jobs, or drive them to other, friendlier locations. At their best, they establish an environment in which free men and women, pursuing their own dreams and best ideas, create wealth for each other.”

If there is a job to be created in this nation, from a burgeoning small business to a Fortune 500 company, I want that job to be here in Indiana. Continuing to have a responsible, balanced budget is absolutely essential in making Indiana the best state for business in the Midwest and the nation.

If you live in my district and would like to see my views on other issues or would like to leave a comment or question, please go to MarkforIndiana.com.

Mark Schneider
Columbus, Ind.

Why change road's name without residents' input? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tammy Wismann   
Sunday, February 02, 2014 11:23 AM

I am writing in reference to the recent name changes of some of the roads in Dearborn County, with West County Line Road in Moores Hill being my main focus. I as a citizen of Dearborn County have personal ties with this particular road and sentimental value of why I feel it should not change. I also feel that the process of making these changes should be dealt with in a different manner from our local government.
I feel, as many others do, that the first step in this process should have been to let the people know that their road name may change and to provide them with a logical reason why it needs to be changed, who is determining the changes to be made, and at what cost these changes will be to the county and to the citizens themselves. In this case, citizens received a certified letter stating that the changes were being made and they had two weeks to make the necessary changes on their end. Furthermore, I feel that changes like this should be something that the County Commissioners, who represent the citizens of our county, need to have the final input, to make sure these changes are necessary and financially sound for the citizens.
If we had a process like this, the citizens would be able to ask questions before decisions were made and feel like they are more a part of their county and better represented by their county government, with many of the questions explained before the process started. Maybe the citizens would better understand why the changes are necessary instead of receiving a letter making people feel they have no choice and no voice in the matter.
Receiving a no choice, no voice letter; most people won't make the effort to call to ask questions, but even when we did call to ask questions, we got the run around about who started this process and plenty of blame being passed to other departments and no good reason for this particular road name change.
I think most people would agree a better process is needed when changes are made that affect the citizens of our county. Whoever makes these decisions should be confident enough in their decision to say who started the process and why it was needed. I feel this change was not necessary, with no one owning up to making this decision and with no good logical reason why it was made. The current process failed our county government and our citizens.
With this being said I have placed many calls and e-mails to our government offices, trying to
understand this change. At this time they are collecting information to see what happened in this matter and we will be on the agenda for the Commissioners meeting on February 4, 2014 to voice our concerns.
I would like to thank all who have returned my calls and e-mails, offered what information they had and the ones checking into this matter. I have further work to be done by contacting more of the citizens affected by this change and hope it isn't too late to stop it from being made. I am making a plea for the Citizens who have already made address changes to be willing to change them back and save them the cost of changing their driver's license or their Indiana State Identification cards.
Tammy Wismann

Shame on Nugent for supporting grant on own business purchase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kate Nicolai   
Monday, January 27, 2014 4:21 PM


I recently completed my 2014 Legislative Survey for my state senator, Johnny Nugent.  I could not let the opportunity pass to express my displeasure with what has recently been in the news about Dearborn County’s long respected state senator. Here is a portion of what I included in comment section of the survey:
I was very disappointed to read about the lack of ethics that you exhibited recently in your business dealings in Dearborn County. SHAME on YOU, Johnny!  I cannot believe that you supported a $500,000 government grant to Zimmer when they purchased your business and continue to pay you $3,000 a month in rent. Please, do not try to tell me that you did not know this was a HUGE conflict of interest.  Shame on ME for supporting you all these years. I hope all that money you pocketed makes up for the loss of respect and what WAS your good name. So long, Johnny!!  

Kate Nicolai
Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Thanks to many for helping Eddie Knue Toy Giveaway PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Knues   
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:24 AM

Another great year of giving, we have had so much fun watching the faces of the children in downtown Lawrenceburg as they light up. We have so many people to thank for letting and helping us do this. Tina Chipman, Lawrenceburg Dollar General Store, ordered toys for us, and she made sure we had whatever we wanted thank you so much. To the ladies that work there with her, thank you.

A special thank you to Santa (Paul Seymour Jr.), and a big thank you to Tina Zint and RaeJean Seymour. Thank you both for all your help, and for letting this happen again. The Register office Erika Russell, thank you for taking pictures of us passing out the toys and for the interview.

To Turtle (Tim Harrell), thank you for leading the parade, and the Lawrenceburg Fire Department using the old fire engine. Also thanks for the time you donated to this, it is very well appreciated. And to Fire Chief Johnnie Tremain, thank you for blocking the intersections for the safety of the children, and thank you to all the firefighters for being there with us. It just makes it a bit safer. Thank all of you very much.

A thank you to Wayne Caudill, Toby Pope and Rodney Quicksall for driving the tractors pulling the wagons loaded with toys.

And Wayne, you did it again, decorating the trailers for us. You did an outstanding job, they were beautiful! I really appreciated you doing that very much, thank you so much.

To all the people who made any kind of donations: the City of Lawrenceburg, Mayor Dennis Carr and City Council, Linda Harper, Dena Baker, Jenny Felix and Mel Davis and wife, Carol, thanks to all of you.

A thank you to Karen Emery for candy, Bill and Kathy Clark for oranges to Bonnie Vice, Debbie Walls and Jeri Ford for taking up collections at the Brickyard, and thanks to everyone who gave.

To Christy strewing and Lawrenceburg McDonalds for their donation. The Lawrenceburg Eagles men’s club and the women’s club thank you for your donation. Thank you to the Lawrenceburg Sons of the Legion for the donation, and thank you to the Lions Clip for the donation. To Barb and Dan Kramer, thank you for the toy donation. Thanks to ASG for their donation of toys.

And a business, stand tall and fight for it, thank you for the toys. Thank you to Alisha Miller for her donation. A thank you to everyone who donated anything, or bought water from us at Music on the River or at Fall Fest, thank you all so much.

A thank you to the Buddenberg family for joining in on this as we did it in memory of Chris Brewster (son and grandson) hope they enjoyed this. I hope to be able to do this many more years, and I hope to see you all next year. Our family is enjoying doing this and it just makes our Christmas much happier.

Thanks to all.

The Knues