IS IT TRUE MAY 25, 2018

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We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?

IS IT TRUE back in March of 2018 the Director of the Evansville DMD publically stated that; “ECHO Housing is an important partner for the Department of Metropolitan Development. ….that the DMD’s Director Kelley Courses also made the following statement concerning DMD continue financial support of ECHO HOUSING?  …he said “We’re going to continue without missing a beat’. “We’re going to support ECHO just the same as we always have”?  …we wonder if he will make the same commitment after the results of the EPD criminal Investigation and the Forensic Audit is completed and made public?

IS IT TRUE we are told that several people feel that the Evansville 3rd Ward City Councilmen G. John Hayden statement that he is a Certified Public Accountant everytime someone talks about financial matters at Council meetings is getting a little old? … at last Mondays Council meetings 3rd Ward City Councilman G. John Hayden, CPA that tried to convince members of City Council to allow ECHO HOUSING to continue to do business as usual even though they are being currently being investigated by the EPD for financial improprieties and undergoing an extensive Forensic Audit?  …we commend several non-Certified Public Accountants City Council members for stopping G. John Hayden, CPA  from getting his way with allowing ECHO Housing to continue to do business as usual?

IS IT TRUE we got a kick out of the recent comment made by the acting Director of ECHO Housing Chris Metz that he couldn’t release a copy of the completed Forensic Audit because it is considered to be a part of a criminal investigation being conducted by the EPD?  …that someone needs to tell Mr. Metz that all we want to know at this point is how much money is missing from the ECHO HOUSING bank accounts without naming people who may be involved in stealing agency funds?

IS IT TRUE we can guarantee Mr. Metz that the area media won’t quietly stand by and allow the Forensic Audit of ECHO Housing to remain confidential without filing a Public Information Request with the City, DMD, and ECHO Housing?  …we predict when that happens the media will be successful in getting a copy of Forensic Audit of ECHO Housing and will make it public? …all we can say is;’Hello Big Red Truck, ECHO Housing is funded by taxpayers dollars”?

IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners hosted a first-ever “Vanderburgh County Board Appointment” luncheon yesterday?  …that this luncheon was publically advertised so all three County Commissioners could attend this worthy event?   …to our surprise, this function was not only well attended but was very productive and engaging?  …that this lunch was the brainchild of Vanderburgh County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave?  …this type of event was also the first time that the County has ever hosted such lunch? …the event was so popular that our County Commissioners has wisely decided to host these lunches quarterly? …the CCO would like to applaud Commissioner Musgrave for thinking outside the political box by creating this event?  …we also give five (5) cheers to County Commissioners Bruce Ungethiem, Cheryl Musgrave and Ben Shoulders for continuing to be “good listeners?”

IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Old Courthouse Committee is hosting another “Lunch on the Lawn” today from 11 am until 2 pm outside of the Old Courthouse?  ….that the OCHF (Old Courthouse Foundation) in conjunction with Vanderburgh County officials will provide food trucks of all kinds, family-friendly events?  …we urge you to attend this event because we are confident that you will enjoy this fun luncheon?
IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the Evansville Water and Sewer Board may be increasing our water and sewer rates again sometime this coming budget year? …if they continue to raise our water and sewer rates a fifth of Jack Daniels will cost less than a fifth of Evansville Water?
IS IT TRUE we wonder what the status of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities lawsuit against the owners of the McCurdy?
IS IT TRUE we hope that members of the Evansville City Council will give the Evansville Water and Sewer Department proposed 2019 Budget a close look? … it’s a well-known fact that the Evansville Water And Sewer Department has quietly advanced the City of Evansville many of millions of dollars over the last several years so the city can pay past and current bills?  …it’s a well-known fact that the Evansville Water and Sewer Department also has a reputation of providing numerous political patronage jobs?
IS IT TRUE when the Mayor of Evansville and his buddies recently visited our sister city in Germany he left his Deputy Mayor, Steve Schaefer to run the city in his absence?  …we commend Steve Schaefer for doing a credible job in running the city in the Mayor’s absence?
IS IT TRUE that the University of Evansville has long been a good value inspire of its high priced tuition?…UE has been a stepping stone to elite graduate schools and has challenged students in a way that launched many a successful career?…UE just raised its ranking by 10 spots to be named the #3 value in the Midwest in its class of institutions of higher learning?…this designation is an honor that should fill the people of Evansville with pride?
IS IT TRUE that the University of Southern Indiana also known as USI has also, reached an important milestone with an enrollment of 11,033 students for the 2017-18 school year?…USI has grown from a regional branch campus of Indiana State University to a stand-alone college of over 10,000 students during the last 40+ years since it started in temporary facilities?… the City of Evansville is fortunate to have both UE and USI along with IVY Tech?…between these three institutions every person has an affordable opportunity to a good education without leaving the City of Evansville?
Today’s “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that the Henderson Methodist Community Hospital Board of Director should hold a public meeting to discuss the future of the Hospital?
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6 COMMENTS

  1. My water and sewer bill went up $17 last month, same usage. I do not like the idea I am subsidizing the McCurdy.

  2. Today a hero teacher stops an active school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. Former college defensive end and school football coach charged shooter and was shot 3 times saving untold many from harm. These are the rare types of teachers and staffers, typically ex-military and outdoors persons like hunters and recreational shooters, that should have the ability to be trained and armed by access to secret gun safes in the event of active shooter situations. Other school districts do this to better protects students and teachers from the mentally ill shooters, why not the EVSC??

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2018/05/25/indiana-school-shooting-noblesville-teacher-jason-seaman-stopped-shooter/644379002/

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    ” RIVERSIDE, Ohio — The safes were installed last summer. Thirty-two in all. Spread out among the four elementary schools, the two middle schools, the high school and the administration building of the Mad River Local Schools district here on the outskirts of Dayton.

    On Aug. 14, the first day of school for the district’s 3,900 students, each safe contained the centerpiece of the district’s new security plan: a semiautomatic pistol and a removable magazine loaded with bullets.

    The guns are not there for law enforcement. There are no armed security guards at the schools. The weapons, paid for with money from the district’s operating budget, are for teachers and staffers who have volunteered and trained to be part of the school’s response team if a shooter enters a building. Each team member has access to a safe that can be reached quickly in case the unthinkable happens.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/armed-and-safe-at-ohio-schools-the-security-plan-includes-teachers-and-guns/2018/03/12/9f49ff68-1b22-11e8-ae5a-16e60e4605f3_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9b18b8cac9e1

    • Armed school security? REAL law enforcement officers?

      Terrific!

      Arming english and science teachers?
      Only toothless, dropped out of school gun crazies love that idea.
      It is insane. Students will take their teachers guns and kill the class! Test scores will plummet.
      Send these gun crazies to the dentist! Arming teachers? Are you nuts?
      Hire a COP. Don’t put a gun on an english teacher. Our law enforcement people are American patriots!!

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