October 25, 2014

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Letters to the Editor
Family appreciation PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:58 AM


The family of Karen (Williams) Smith would like to thank the Markland Funeral Home staff for their professional care and kindness at the time of her passing.

Our family is also most grateful to our friends and family for the prayers, visits, cards, memorials, kind words, and nourishment.

Our thanks to Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, Brother Davon Huss, Brother Don Campbell, and Trudy Warren for the memorable service for Karen.

Thanks for being there for our family.

Michael A. Smith

Bea Williams

Kenny Williams

and family

Connie Smith and family

Sandra Gilligan

and family

Sharon Barbour

and family

Gift card winners PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:57 AM


The Rising Sun Prom Committee would like to thank Ohio County Historical Society for sponsoring the raffle for two Visa $100 gift cards.

Cliff Thies, director of Ohio Co Historical Society, drew the winning tickets at the Rising Sun Navy Bean Festival.

The winners were Liz Turner and Lauren Philpot.

The proceeds will help with the expenses of RSHS Prom 2015.

Our committee would also like to thank everyone who purchased tickets.

Get it right Mr. Hillman PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:07 AM


I am writing this letter to clarify a comment that was published in the Oct. 2 edition of the Rising Sun paper. Mr. Hillman has me stating that “I questioned the Rising Sun school colors after going to a volleyball game and seeing the team in black.” This is not how the discussion took place at the school board meeting.

First, I have not had the opportunity to attend a volleyball game this year. Second, I have had several comments over the past six months from community members regarding school colors displayed on uniforms. Therefore the question and discussion of the school colors took place at the board meeting.

I respect Mr. Hillman and the job he performs. I am glad he attends community meetings and informs the community of the discussions that happen. However the information needs to be published correctly.


Billy Hayes

Rising Sun School Board Member

Reduce class size PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:26 AM


I am writing to advocate for a reduction in the size of our classrooms. My husband and I together have 60 years of teaching experience. We learned early on that class size DOES make a huge difference. Now, there are a number of studies that prove a reduced class size improves not only test scores, but also long term student achievement; both academically and social.

According to the Brookings institute, reducing class size by 7 students is (conservatively) the equivalent to about 9 months of additional schooling over a 12 year school career. This is the same as providing 13 years of education in 12 years. This is an extremely productive way to spend tax payer money.

Reducing class size in our state would also have a profound impact on many of our states social problems, from issues of crime and drugs to teen pregnancy and poverty. It is a well documented fact that improving education addresses our social problems. If you want to see fewer abortions improve education. If you want to see Indiana no longer at the top of the rape statistics, improve education. If you want to reduce the cost of prisons (over $600Million annually) improve education. If you want fewer people on government assistance, improve education. If you want to improve education, we do not need new standards simply reduce class size.

Every appropriation our state makes should come down to a simple choice: What will do the greatest good and provide the greatest return on the tax payer investment. According to experts reducing class size will improve our kids education and improve Indiana.

We have a moral obligation to prepare our children for the future and grant them the same opportunity at the American dream we had. Reducing class size will do that. I call on you to educate yourself and Vote for candidates that will do what is right.

Pam McClure

Judge the value of having the casino PDF Print E-mail
Written by thillman   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:23 AM


I recently read the letter of Dillon R. Dorrell to the editor in the September 18,2014 edition of the Ohio County News. Mr. Dorrell is upset at the proposal of Rising Star Casino to become a completely land based casino. As Mr. Dorrell stated, this would involve the loss of $12,759,600 in assessed valuation due to the lack of the need for the present gaming boat. This act would also cause the loss of $162,672 in property tax revenues.

He does state that the proceeds to the casino were reduced to $5,698,761 in August, 2013 and to $4,447,019 in August, 2014. He fails to mention that Rising Star now has greatly increased competition from the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, The Belterra Park Raceway and Racino in Anderson Township, Miami Valley Gaming Racino near Monroe, Ohio, and Hollywood Racino Dayton, Ohio. Prior to the operation of the casinos in Ohio, total receipts at Rising Star were much, much more. Rising Star Casino in now simply downsizing in an effort to keep the casino operating in a sound and profitable manner.

Mr. Dorrell fails to mention that there are factors other than property tax revenues involved. We need to look at what the community of Rising Sun and Ohio County would lose if the casino wasn't here. The City of Rising Sun in 2013 received a total of $5,882,873.81 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts during 2013, and received a total of $3,206,366.42 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts during the months of January thru July of 2014. Ohio County received $3,226,189.32 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts during 2013, and received $2,367,069.17 from wagering taxes, admission taxes and supplemental receipts during January thru July of 2014. As Is shown heretofore, Rising Sun and Ohio County have a lot Involved other than property tax receipts. In addition, the many Jobs at the casino and income taxes paid by the casino and Its employees for Ohio County are involved.

In the past, Ohio County has constructed an addition to the courthouse, a highway garage, and has repaved many roads in Ohio County which were in a state of disrepair as well as other improvements from riverboat funds. Ohio County and the City of Rising Sun have jointly constructed an emergency services building and a library from riverboat funds. The city of Rising Sun has constructed a new city hall, a sewage treatment facility, a city park, a swimming pool as well as other items from riverboat funds. The city purchased the building which contains the police department from riverboat funds, and used riverboat funds as seed money for grants from which our medical center and the senior citizen community building on Mulberry St. were constructed. I no doubt have overlooked other activities financed from riverboat funds.

I was Ohio County attorney in the late 1970's and the early 1980's. Ohio County at that time was in such low financial straits that the county purchased used former state police cars at auction from the State of Indiana for patrol cars for the sheriffs office. There are similar matters that can be cited. Ohio County due to casino revenues no longer has to penny pinch and is able to provide services on a par with other communities.

Mr. Dorrell also mentioned that the casino at Evansville intended to build another structure worth $100,000,000. There Is a big difference between a community of more than 100,000 and a community of 2,300 people like Rising Sun. Due to their situation Evansville casino will need to build a new building to become land based.

1 think that this community needs to review the need for co-operation with Rising Star rather than obstruction. We have a lot more to lose than $162,672 in property tax revenue annually by obstructing Rising Star Casino in efforts to maintain the profitability and viability of the casino. While the funds now being received by the City of Rising Sun and Ohio County are a great deal less than formerly received, the funds are still considerable and are of great value to the community.

John D. Mitchell


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