LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CHARGES DMD DIRECTOR KELLY COURES IS RUDE

first_imgTO THE EDITOR OF CCO:I want to address a quote from DMD Director Kelley Coures that appeared in the Courier & Press that I find problematic. When referring to the ongoing revitalization of downtown he has been quoted as saying that he thinks that “one of the things the next City Council will have to do is find money to incentive construction of housing Downtown.”I take exception to his comment in several ways. First, it is not the job of a department head to tell the elected officials what they “have” to do. It is the job of our elected leaders to tell the department heads what they are to do in the public interest. Mr. Coures has a reputation for being rude to the public, and the Mayor appears to have no objection to how “the little people” are treated.The content of the quote is an even bigger sticking point for me. We have spent tens of millions of dollars to benefit the downtown area and will be paying that debt off for decades to come. We have all been told by the Mayor and Mr. Coures that those improvements will bring people back downtown to live. If that is true, and there is a market for middle-income housing in downtown, private development will handle that demand. We don’t incentivize subdivisions near the county line. We don’t need to because people want to live there. When people want to live downtown, builders will at least enjoy the fact that zoning will not be a problem and land prices are comparatively low, as well. Those and other natural incentives are nothing that City Council will have to “find.” I would also remind the gentlemen that if the hotel had not been so radically downgraded, there would be new apartments being built right now.As the election draws near, I hope the voters will step back and take a long, hard look at how the interests of the entire city have been served by Lloyd Winnecke and his employees. I don’t believe that Evansville can withstand another four years of Winnecke, much less Kelley Coures.Laura K. BlackburnFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Navy football drops ‘insensitive’ team motto ‘Load the Clip’ for 2019

first_imgThe Navy football team has changed its team motto for the 2019 season after reporters at the Capital Gazette called into question a lack of sensitivity surrounding last year’s deadly shooting in its Annapolis, Md., newsroom.The Naval Academy’s superintendent announced Friday that the motto “Load the Clip,” chosen by football team captains, had been replaced by “Win the Day.” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk agreed with the team’s change of motto ahead of the Midshipmen’s Fan Fest on Saturday.”Our coaches and midshipmen realized that the direction they were headed created sensitivities that were not aligned with the original intent,” Gladchuk said. “It was a lesson learned and it’s important that everything we do at the Naval Academy represents not only appropriate action, but assumed responsibility. We are hopeful we can now put this behind us and ‘Win the Day.’”Navy opens its season on Aug. 31 against FCS opponent Holy Cross. “It is always my priority, part of my mission statement, for the Navy to be a good neighbor,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean S. Buck said in a statement released Friday. “The bottom line is, we missed the mark here. The initial internal football team motto selected, ‘Load the Clip,’ was inappropriate and insensitive to the community we call home, and for that, I take responsibility for, and apologize to not only the Capital Gazette, but the entire Annapolis community.”MORE: Group of 5 predictions for 2019In June 2018, a man with a shotgun killed five employees of the Capital Gazette inside its newsroom — located just miles from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium — and wounded two others. In September of that year, three people were killed and three wounded at an Aberdeen Rite-Aid about 60 miles from Annapolis.It has been a tradition for several years for Navy team captains to create a team motto. Last year’s motto was “For the Culture.” A Naval Academy spokeswoman said that the “Load the Clip” phrase was meant to be a metaphor for daily gameday preparation.Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo also spoke about the motto about the motto during the American Athletic Conference’s media days.”Clearly it’s a metaphor that speaks to the fact we’re going to battle every weekend, and when you go to battle, you need to have enough ammunition,” Niumatalolo said. “It means you have to be prepared for the fight, and that is a process that happens every day.”last_img read more