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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Return to the Roundabout...




 When the new "roundabout" intersection along Hwy. 62 in eastern Jeffersonville first opened the BatBlog described traveling through it as an "exciting game of Chicken"...and after being open for sometime now.... nothing has changed.

  We suppose the Indiana Dept. of Transportation (INDOT) had good intentions in mind when they designed this complicated intersection,  because on a whole and in the right circumstances "roundabouts" are an effective way to smoothly keep traffic moving without backups and stoplights.  Unfortunately for local drivers the Hwy. 62 application doesn't appear to be appropriate or safe.

 The BatBlog travels through the new roundabout daily and believe me you need to be alert and cautious on every trip. For one thing this roundabout is too complicated with too many options of different routes in a short length of road. There are connections to I-265, Hwy. 62, both east and west, the new east end bridge to Kentucky, Port. Road to the Riverport.

 Drivers entering for the first time have no idea which lane they should be in and most don't know the most important thing in a roundabout and that is to YIELD always YIELD. Semi tractor trailers have a hard time staying in their lanes due to the sweeping curves. We have seen drivers exiting the interstate fly into the roundabout at unreduced speeds.

 INDOT seems determined to make only minimal changes even after Jeff mayor Mike Moore has complained and pointed out the number of accidents that have occurred since the opening. Giant YIELD signs need to be installed but even then the Jeffersonville roundabout continues to be a giant game of Chicken....Stay aware, drive defensively and most of all good luck...



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jeffersonville's Papa John...


The BatBlog was surprised at some of thenegative reaction in the News/Tribune's comments section on the recent donation of $800,000 by John "Papa John" Schnatter for the renovation and repair of Nachand Fieldhouse.

 The generous and welcomed donation by Schnatter will go along way in the fund raising goal to save the historic but aging landmark for future generations. I remember as a child the excitement and huge crowds drawn to Jeffersonville H. S. basketball and the IHSAA sectional tournaments. Legendary local basketball names like Cotton Nash, Mike Flynn, Lou Watson etc. started their careers at the fieldhouse as well many famed visitors and basketball legends traveled here to play the J.H.S. Red Devils. It is an institution in Jeff history and well worth keeping open for all Jeffersonville residents to enjoy and remember.

 Papa John the local boy who made good should be thanked for his generous offer. and the city and mayor Moore rightfully renamed it The Papa John's Nachand Fieldhouse...We don't understand some of the negative comments aimed at Schnatter as Jeffersonville should be proud of his success as a business man,  who from humble beginnings here in Jeffersonville created a brand known world wide...

Thank You Papa John !!!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Trump's Best Move Yet...


Donald Trump made his best move yet in an effort to set his struggling, revolving door presidency on the right course moving forward. Naming former marine general John Kelly as the president's chief of staff  was the best thing The Donald has done yet. Kelly a no nonsense leader respected by both Dem. and Rep. leaders and rank in file voters has the experience and assets needed to bring this presidency as close to legitimacy as possible in these first six months of chaos.

  The first good move Kelly did was throw "The Mooch" Anthony Scaramucci to the curb. The Mooch was an arrogant, profane, loud mouthed idiot and ass kissing distraction who was instrumental in ousting both Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer from Trump's staff. His firing was a smart , welcomed decision that could be the first step in bringing respectability to the White House.

  If Trump listens to Kelly and that's a big if, you may see some of the other ass kissing bimbos. clowns and bigots disappearing soon as well. Jeff Sessions is already on borrowed time, bimbos Conway and Sanders have no credibility with the public...and Steve Bannon is a sulking klansman slob...Remove these from the staff and Trump could resurrect his falling favorability numbers.

 Trump has some good ideas and good staff members like McMasters and Mattis also both ex-generals and if Trump continues to listen to Kelly and the other disciplined staffers maybe we will see some progress in restoring trust with our allies. A good move hiring Kelly and hopefully Trump will follow his lead....but only time will tell...


Friday, July 28, 2017

Why Good People Don't Run for Office

 
A recent story in the News/Tribune exemplifies why more good people don't run for political office. Sellerburg town councilwoman Martina Webster was accused by fellow council member Bill Conlin of kicking him under the table during council meetings. This absurd accusation and grandstanding by Mr. Conlin was made before a large turnout of local residents attending the council's regular scheduled meeting.

 The BatBlog believes Mr. Conlin must be watching too much Donald Trump, who also throws out mindless , false accusations and lies about colleagues and political foes alike. According to BatBlog sources Mr. Conlin is somewhat of a drama  king who tries to create controversy at every meeting in order to feed his need to feel important and relevant.

 Anyone who knows Ms. Webster knows she wouldn't kick anyone even if they deserved it. She is a fine young woman, wife and mother, well respected  who has exerted her self well in her short time in politics.

The BatBlog can see it now small time, local "want to be important politicians" everywhere like Mr. Conlin emulating The Donald spewing lies, creating drama and generally making asses of themselves. Mr. Conlin you threatened to resign on several occasions ...do your Sellersburg constituents a favor and step down... now is the time, because you look rather foolish and a dunce, wear your hat proudly you earned it.....



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drain The Swamp...

Greater Clark Co. Schools Swamp
  The BatBlog continues to hear around town and the internet grumblings and dissatisfaction with Greater Clark Co.Schools superintendent Andrew Melin  and the GCCS board. Not only the recent decision to close the two downtown schools, but Melin's decision making and spending has caused consternation among some local voters and taxpayers.

  The BatBlog's only advice to these disgruntled citizens is band together and work to "Drain the Swamp". The  solution is to remove the school board members that coddle to Melin while ignoring voices of the tax paying public. The alternative is to eventually pay higher taxes to finance Melin's and the board's reckless spending spree and  manipulation to circumvent the  referendum that failed miserably...

  Draining the GCCS swamp is a difficult endeavor as voters can be pretty apathetic on these local races and name recognition is often a determining factor of voters who are either unaware  or just don't care about the issues. This school board apparently doesn't care about taxpayers concerns and are beholden to Melin for some reason ... for those voters who care about higher taxes and no input to the Melin dictatorship...

Drain that swamp !!! Drain that swamp !!!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Time for Change...


It's time for local voters to put Indiana state senator Ron "Wishy Washy" Grooms (R) into retirement. Local attorney Anna Murray (D) announced today she would seek the 46th Dist. senate seat currently held by "Wishy Washy." Grooms a nice man who has had a good run ...first on the Jeffersonville city council and currently is in his second term as state senator.

 Wishy Washy has never met a tax he didn't like including the current increase in gasoline taxes and he has voted against increases in minimum wages and restrictions on construction labor wages. The BatBlog has always felt "Wishy Washy" just pretty much goes along with his fellow GOP comrades in the senate and ignoring what's  best for his constituents he is supposedly representing.

 Local commuters and taxpayers have been hammered twice here recently with bridge tolls and gasoline tax hikes. Enough is enough... Ron Grooms doesn't represent what is best for local residents and is easily manipulated to go along with his crowd of Rep. lawmakers...It's nice to see a fresh , new young face like Ms. Murray willing to take on the GOP and their domination in the state house. It's time for fresh ideas and someone to stand up for the people...It's time to put Ron "Wishy Washy " Grooms out to pasture...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Downtown School Controversy...

 
The proposed downtown school to replace Spring Hill and Maple elementarys  continues to swirl in controversy. One of the proposed locations (the old Jeff H.S. building on Court Ave.) has come under fire from parents and concerned citizens because of it's proximity to the Clark Co. jail and courthouse. The BatBlog understands their concerns as the courthouse has a lot of traffic from lawbreakers, drug users, and other criminal element attending the various courts. While convicted criminals are held behind bars at the jail we are not sure this location is in the best interests of those involved.

Court Ave. is also a heavily traveled with automobiles and parking is difficult to come by during the operating hours of the courthouse. A new school will contribute to more congestion and the heavy traffic could be a detriment and safety factor for children walking to the proposed new school. In the BatBlog's opinion a location closer to downtown residential areas needs to be a priority. The Maple Elementary property fits more in line with a safer option to locate this new school for these small children. Safety has to to the deciding factor...

 The New/Tribune is currently running an online poll CLICK HERE about the location of the new school and The BatBlog will run one as well (TO THE RIGHT) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..

Currently leaving the two schools open leads with 51%  of the vote. Unfortunately that is not an option for Melin and his puppets on the school board as Melin has already made up his mind to close the aforementioned  schools. The old Jeff High location is running currently at 21%....locating atone of the current schools is at 18% and the bus depot location trails at 8% ....Be sure to voice your opinion and Vote....