FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail,Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Vanderburgh County Department head in 2018?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated. The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. 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 we are told that the EPD Criminal investigation and the Forensic Audit of ECHO Housing have long been completed? …we are told that the findings of the EPD Criminal investigation and the Forensic Audit have been in the possession of the Feds for several months?IS IT TRUE many people are still wondering why the North Main Street “Jacobsville Join-In” Association closed abruptly early this year without giving any explanation to neighbors of that area and /or City Council members? …the North Main Street “Jacobsville Join-In” Association was operated by Echo Housing and was funded by the Evansville DMD? …we are told by several people working at the Civic Center that they suspect that the reason for the abrupt closing of “Jacobsville Join-In” office is that they could be part of the Forensic Audit of ECHO Housing?IS IT TRUE that over the last 6 months City Officials have met with several potential out of town investors to discuss bringing a quality grocery store/retail development to the North Main area of Evansville? …we give them five (5) cheers for trying to encourage developers to consider building a store/retail development in the North Main Street area?IS IT TRUE we been told that the First Ward City Council candidate Tim O’Brien works at F. C. Tucker/Emge Reality? …that Zachary Heronemus the 3rd Ward candidate for City Council works at F. C. Tucker/Emge Reality? …that City Council members Johnathan Weaver and Missy Mosby also work at F. C. Tucker/Emge Reality?IS IT TRUE we are told that newly elected Vanderburgh County Commissioner Jeff Hatfield is having a lot of one on one meetings with County Department heads in order that he can get a feel of wants going on within the county? …we are told that the people he has met with so far are extremely impressed with him?IS IT TRUE that The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted on Nov. 16 to award a license for a new Standardbred (Harness) track between Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs? …that this lucrative opportunity to offer historical racing in the Oak Grove/ Hopkinsville market was awarded to the WKY Development group (Churchill Downs Inc. and minority partner Keeneland)? … that CDI and Keeneland plan to build a $150 million five-eighths of a mile harness track that features entertainment, several upscale restaurants, an equestrian center, and an upscale hotel? …when completed the Oak Grove/Hopkinsville Harness track is also expected to have around 1,500 Historical Horse Racing machines and simulcast horse racing? …construction is scheduled to start early in 2019?IS IT TRUE that the legislation for “Sportsbook Gaming” in Indiana is quietly sailing through the appropriate State Senate and House of Representative sub-committees? …we are told that the chances for this legislation passing in 2019 are quite good?IS IT TRUE the most important ingredient that has been missing from the discussion on how to stretch the city budget is that the City Administration and the City Council needs to adherence to the principle that requires transparency and a willingness to be innovative in order to promote local government efficiencies?IS IT TRUE it’s obvious that the Evansville City Council misses the political and business skills of former City Council members John Friend CPA and Curt John?IS IT TRUE over the years we have made numerous reference that the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board was not only known for their political patronage activities but was also used as a funding source to help the City of Evansville in their occasional financial cash flow problems? … it’s safe to say that over the last several years the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Board has been acting as a bank for the City of Evansville by advancing them many millions of dollars in cash to help the city with cash shortfalls?IS IT TRUE we have an outstanding group of law enforcement professionals that are doing everything they can to protect us? …It’s almost impossible for members of law enforcement to stop anyone from killing someone? …It’s obvious that its time for our elected officials to look for additional creative ways to help of our law enforcement agencies so they can do a better job fighting violent crime?IS IT TRUE a loyal reader sent us an article published in the AARP Public Policy Institute Fact Sheet posted last year? …we feel this article could be of interest to our readers so we decided to publish it? …this article states that the Medicare program protects consumers by limiting how much physicians and other health professionals can charge Medicare patients? …the fact sheet describes Medicare’s “balance billing” rules for physician services and related rules for physicians who choose not to accept Medicare payment and instead have “private contracts” with all their patients who have Medicare? …attached is the link of the summary Fact Sheet in this article? … Read the Fact Sheet (PDF)? …attached a link explaining Medicare’s current rules limited “balance billing” and private contracts provide important financial protection for consumers. Without these protections, Medicare beneficiaries would likely face higher out-of-pocket costs.Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Vanderburgh County Department head in 2018?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated. The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.