IS IT TRUE we told you so? …for many months we have been telling our readers that the City of Evansville Employee Health Insurance had around a $7 to $8 million dollar deficit with very little money in the rainy day fund to bring these medical bring bills currently? …every time we brought this subject up people in the Mayors and Controllers office said: “we don’t know what the hell we are talking about”? …we wonder how our tax and spend City Council Finance Chairmen is going to explain this issue away since City Controller Lloyd spilled the beans on this issue at last night Council meeting? …we can’t wait to hear the political spin that tax and spend McGinn put on this issue?IS IT TRUE at last nights City Council meeting City Controller Russ Lloyd publicly disclosed that the city’s Employee Health Insurance deficit is a whopping $7.5 million as of this week? …City Controller Lloyd said the city is going to move around $3 million dollars from the Computer Services Department (that is currently held in escrow) in order help pay off some of the current $7.5 million dollar Employee Health Insurance deficit? …we wonder why at least one City Council member didn’t have the political guts to come forward and tell the truth about this problem? …we are very appreciative that City Controller Lloyd came forward and finally told the truth about the city insurance deficit problems? …we also predict you will be stunned to hear what the City Employees Healthcare deficit will be in three months from now? …we hope you finally realizing why we keep harping about the city spending our hard earned tax dollars on fun and games and political pork barrel capital projects? …we just don’t have enough money to pay our current operating expenses unless we borrow money from the Evansville Water and Sewer Department, take money from another City Department account or get an advancement from the Riverboat Fund to make ends meet?IS IT TRUE it was announced at Monday night Council meeting that the city will start paying down the City Employee Healthcare deficit from the Computer Services Department fund in two installments this year from the Local Income Tax fund? …Controller.Lloyd said the city will move $3 million from this fund to help pay down the City Employee Healthcare deficit? …he also stated that the City is now funding the Computer Services Department from money in the Local Income Tax fund? …we are now wondering if City Council and the Mayor are quietly planning to ask the State to increased the percentage of the Local Income Tax fund without our knowledge?IS IT TRUE we are extremely surprised to hear that members of the local FOP are talking about conducting a “VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE” against Evansville Chief of Police Billy Bolin? …we are told that this subject will be discussed at Wednesday night FOP business meeting? …this meeting will be closed to the media and the public? …we are also told if the FOP membership hold such a vote against Chief Bolin and it passes it could be extremely damaging to his professional reputation and future effectiveness as Police Chief?IS IT TRUE we are extremely pleased that Evansville City Council tabled the request for a tax phase-in of Gabe’s superstore? …we take issue with tax and spend City Council Finance Chairmen Dan McGinn all-out push to approve this request? …Councilmen Dr. Dan Adams got it right when he suggests if Gabe’s request is approved it will open a floodgate of requests from other Shopping Centers throughout Evansville?… The council shall continue the discussion during the April 10 meeting?IS IT TRUE we are extremely disappointed that City Council approved a preliminary resolution to grant Hemang Shah, with Kinship Hospitality a $750,000 tax benefits to his company that plan to build a hotel in Downtown Evansville? …recently Hemang Shah announced that he is building a 139-room Hyatt Place hotel without any public assistance? … last night Mr. Shah did a turnaround and announced that his company needs the $750,000 tax credit because of unexpected costs overruns concerning the demolition of the old Scottish Rite building in downtown Evansville? …this seems like a personal problem and not a problem for the taxpayers of Evansville?FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed in the Evansville City Council and the Mayor for withholding information about the current $7.5 million Employee Health Insurance deficit?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Antsy students are dreaming of Big Ben, the Colosseum and the Parthenon this week in the wake of Friday’s release of study abroad decisions from the Office of International Studies (OIS) for the 2012-2013 academic year. Kathleen Opel, director of OIS, said her department is “as excited as ever” for next year’s class of international scholars. “We’ve given our decision, and now [students] need to either confirm that they’re going to accept or decline the offer,” Opel said. “If that’s the case, then we’re able to offer that spot to somebody else. “ Opel said OIS received a total of 1,535 applications from 1,005 students. Out of the 1,005 students who applied, 754 were accepted into a study abroad program for next year, she said. Out of these 754 accepted students, Opel said 721 were admitted to their first choice program. Additionally, 245 students were waitlisted for study abroad programs. Opel said she has seen an increase in the popularity of English language programs such as London, Dublin and Perth, making them more competitive for students to get into. “Specifically the programs that we have in English tend to be those that can suit the needs of business, science, engineering and Arts and Letters students,” Opel said. “There is a growing number of business students, and because of that growth in the College of Business, where they do not have a language requirement, more of those students are gravitating toward programs where language is not a requirement.” Opel also said spring programs are more popular overall than those in the fall “by a very small margin.” The number of applicants remained relatively stagnant from last year’s numbers. Last year, 1,011 students applied for study abroad programs during the academic year and 780 students were initially accepted. Waitlisted students should not lose hope, Opel said, because some students do choose not to attend the program in which they have been accepted. Opel’s advice to waitlisted students is “be patient and be optimistic.” “We will stay in touch with [waitlisted] students and let them know at what point we’ve pretty much filled capacity and don’t see any more changes coming,” Opel said. Opel added accepted students should begin to think about what is required of them before they travel abroad. OIS will offer pre-departure programs in the coming months for students studying abroad during the fall 2012 semester, but she said they should work on obtaining a passport and familiarizing themselves with safety and security measures as soon as possible. “By the time [students studying abroad] leave campus, they should have a pretty good grounding of what to expect when they get there,” she said. Sophomore Matt Hayes said he is already gearing up to spend the spring 2013 semester in Bologna, Italy. A Program of Liberal Studies and Italian major, Hayes said he hopes to become fluent in Italian during his time abroad. “I chose Bologna for the opportunity to become fluent and study at an actual Italian university,” he said. Hayes also plans to spend Easter at the Vatican. However, he said he is most looking forward to the food. “Bologna is called ‘La Grassa,’ meaning ‘the Fat One.’ It is the food capital of Italy,” Hayes said. “I’m excited to eat my way through Italy.” Sophomore Margeaux Prinster will spend the spring 2013 semester in Rome. As an anthropology major with a peace studies minor, Prinster said she is fascinated by the archeological value of Rome. “I’m really interested in archeology, and Rome is an awesome place to be for that because you’re basically living in ancient Rome with a modern twist,” she said. Prinster added she also wants to travel beyond Rome. “I’m most excited about travelling and seeing everything,” Prinster said. “I really, really want to go skiing in the Alps.”
Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, passed away recently at the age of 83. He was one of 12 children born to a poor southern family in the early 1930’s. The 1977 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee hit 512 home runs in his 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs. Despite the fact that the Cubs were never real contenders during Banks career, he still managed to be named the MVP of the National League twice. Not only was Banks a power hitter, but he was also a Gold Glove shortstop. Despite his slight build his bat carried a wallop.Banks will be forever known for his famous saying “Let’s play two.” To people my age, this meant a double header. Today, the only time anyone plays two games in one day is if rain caused a postponement and there is no other way to get that game in unless it is scheduled as a day/night double header. People in baseball management will remember Ernie Banks as one of its greatest ambassadors. When Banks walked into a ball park, the whole place lit up because he truly liked what he did!
The match at Thomond Park will kick off at 5.45pm.Leinster’s last eight encounter in the competition is on the same day.Their clash with Wasps at the Aviva Stadium is due to get underway at 3.15pm. If Munster win against the French side they’ll be away to either Glasgow or Saracens in the semi-finals while a win for Leinster will mean a trip to France to face either Clermont or Toulon.