Quick takes – January 16th

Appropriate recognition

Columbus East students now and in the future who enter the high school’s library will learn an important name in high school history: LeRoy Nelson. The school has named the library after its first principal, a fitting tribute.

Nelson is credited with creating a lasting spirit of innovation at the school by encouraging teachers to step out of their comfort zones and try new methods of instruction.

It’s important to know one’s history. This recognition pays tribute to a man who had an important part in the school’s history.

Important cooperation

When local individuals or organizations need help, it’s refreshing to see how willing some are to lend it. Even in the case of local government.

Bartholomew County government leaders are accepting financial advise from executives at Cummins Inc. and Columbus Regional Health to help manage taxpayer money more effectively. For a time last year, the county was facing a $3.9 million budget shortfall for this year. Two of the biggest factors were rising health care costs and changes in state funding. Cummins and Columbus Regional will help the county craft a three- to five-year financial plan.

This example of local cooperation to achieve a better outcome for the population in general is a good one for others to follow.

Well-earned retirement

Local banking and community leader Charlie Farber retired on New Year’s Eve after 38 years in the financial industry, including the final five as market president in Columbus for MainSource Bank.

Besides his business role, Farber’s contributions to the community — on business and nonprofit boards, such as the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and with the Mill Race Marathon — were significant.

His efforts are appreciated and his retirement is well-earned.