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March 23, 2014

You Said It: About new tanning laws, Anderson City Market and winter storm fines

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.

A Herald Bulletin editorial opined that the under-16 tanning ban that the state legislature passed is a good step toward cancer prevention. (Article published March 20)

— "It's the outright banning of tanning for teens under 16 that bothers me. Say they can't do it without being accompanied by a parent or guardian, that's fine. My issue is the government stepping in and taking over the roll of the parent. Responsible parents or not, it shouldn't be up to the government to make these decisions for the people."

— "I disagree. Parents don't get carte blanche when it comes to raising their kids. There are things that are irresponsible and should be regulated. I mean, should the government permit parents teaching their kids to smoke, or putting whiskey in their baby's bottle (puts 'em right to sleep!)?"

THB: While some might think it's too much government, some parents lack common sense.

The organizers of the Anderson City Market are beginning preparations for the upcoming season. (March 21)

— "If you've never been to the market before get there this year! FRESH produce, GREAT people, GOOD prices!"

THB: A great addition to the city scene along with other things coming this summer.

Madison County considers a winter storm fine for motorists that ignore travel warnings. (March 18)

— "So, if someone is driving to work during a travel watch, and their car gets stuck, and then the watch becomes a warning, they get charged with a misdemeanor? Something doesn't sound correct here. "

— "This sounds so stupid. What if you need a medication and need to go get it? What if a family member or even a friend needs you to come to their house because their heat went out or something like that? There could be all kinds of reasons why someone needs to be out."

THB: Many people have not experienced a winter like this one and truly don't understand how dangerous snow can become coupled with below freezing temperatures. Again, common sense comes into play here. It would be a tool that law enforcement could use to help make everyone safer.

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