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August 12, 2013

You Said It: About utility rates, marching bands and U.S. history books

Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments from www.theheraldbulletin.com coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.

The City of Anderson is considering electric and water rate hikes. (Article published Aug. 8)

  • “Anderson needs more reasons for people to choose to live there. Not less!”
  • “I’m ready to have a protest march. Anyone with me?”

THB: City Council should ask all the right questions to determine whether rate hikes are absolutely necessary. If not, don’t pass higher rates!

The Anderson High School Marching Highlanders placed fourth at State Fair Band Day. (Article published Aug. 4)

  • “It doesn’t matter what school or mascot they have. They represent Anderson. The students have adapted well to the change (Highland, Madison Heights and Anderson being consolidated into one high school). So should everyone else. Besides, that was a long time ago.”

THB: It’s all about the kids and the future — not the past!

A Herald Bulletin editorial criticized former Gov. Mitch Daniels for using his authority to see that Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” wasn’t used in Indiana’s public universities. (July 28)

  • “It is what all right-wing conservatives want: To make sure we only think the way they do; every other viewpoint is wrong. It’s precisely why their party is losing voters by the droves.”
  • “Seriously, does the H-B even pay any attention to the news? This ‘history’ book has been discredited by the history departments at Georgetown, Princeton and Rutgers, to name a few.”

THB: A group of Purdue professors and other academics have cited Zinn’s book as a legitimate interpretation of our country’s history. The point is this: It should be left to the academic institutions to determine what constitutes a legitimate historical account — not to the state’s governor. Once we begin letting government dictate how history is taught, we’re all in trouble.

To join the community discussion, click on the “Your Comment” box attached to articles published at www.theheraldbulletin.com.

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