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April 14, 2014

You Said It! About teacher evaluations, drug testing

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.

Most teachers in Elwood and Alexandria community schools have been evaluated as being highly effective or effective by the state. (Article published April 8)

• “Wow! Anyone want to tell the children then that they (not the teachers) are failing miserably? Kinda sounds like the sad old joke ... Doctor, the operation was a success, but the patient died!”

THB: Will this teacher evaluation issue ever be resolved in this state?

Investigators say that the off-duty Edgewood police officer involved in a fatal car crash was high on hydrocodone. (April 7)

• “I work in a factory and we have mandatory and random tests. Why wouldn’t somebody who is supposed to ‘serve and protect’ have the same testing? It’s mind boggling.”

• “This town is so bad with drug use. Let’s start mandatory drug testing on all employees of the city, state and federal.”

THB: Mandatory drug testing should be required for all police officers, firefighters as well as anyone who is paid with taxpayers’ money.

Madison County adopted a proclamation April 1 that imposes up to a $1,000 fine for people driving on county roads when travel is restricted in the winter. (April 2)

• “This law and the dog crap law are just plain stupid. but like you said, just because we have a snow emergency here in Madison County does not mean surrounding counties have one ... stupid stupid stupid, and as for the dog crap law, what about all the dogs running loose in town. How are you going to determine which one did it? Do we have doggy DNA now?”

THB: Unfortunately, both of these regulations are necessary because of the lack of common sense that is rampant in our society.

The SUV involved in the deadly crash last week was traveling 92 mph and did not attempt to stop, according to court records. (April 10)

• “If not for any other reason but only this reason, Officer Foutch should be immediately fired from his job. What are you waiting for, Edgewood Police Department?”

THB: Small town or big city, there are procedures that have to be followed.

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