Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments from www.heraldbulletin.com coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
Editorial: New Ivy Tech campus will aid education, economy (Article published July 13)
- “For Anderson’s future generations I total support this addition to our educational structure. The online survey today asked the question ... in favor, or not. Unbelievably, right now at noon on Sunday, half say ‘NO’... now, at 10:30 p.m. there are more folks who say no than yes ... Where am I?? I mean really ....”
THB: Good news, 52 percent finally agreed that it was a good idea, but 48 percent thought it was not. Those percentages are dismal. Everyone in this community needs to see the value of education and make a commitment to support it at each level or we are doomed.
Should it stay or should it go? What to do with a fading Wigwam. (July 16)
- “The rafters and sheathing are structural steel. The upper exterior is stainless steel. Structurally there is no possibility of imminent roof collapse and it is irresponsible to say that there is. Like the recent demolition at the Guide plant, westside Kmart, and now the Wigwam; demolition companies profit by scrapping out the steel and short-sighted politicians pocket federal grant money received for removing blighted structures. Just sickening!”
- “It’s a shame that Anderson has become what it is now that we are even having this conversation, back in its glory days who would have ever thought this would even be a discussion. Sad.”
- “Stop the lies. I had someone with money in hand ready to make repairs to the building. They wanted it for multiple 6,000-plus- person events to be held yearly. I contacted the school board, the superintendent, and the mayor’s office. All of them ignored me.”
- “This country doesn’t believe in preserving anything. It is this way all over the U.S. If a building gets old and is not in use, tear it down. It makes me ill. In Europe, they respect old things and keep them, as a tradition, etc. It always makes me sad when another old building gets discarded.”
THB: Roof condition debate aside, just what to do with this elephant is a big concern for this community and, really, it all comes down to money or the lack of. The glory days of basketball are gone, probably not to return. Empty buildings are a magnet for vandalism. Sometimes you just have to know when to let go.
Elderly victim of sexual assault released from hospital. (July 18)
- “I would say it had to be someone who knew she lived alone. A sexual pervert, since she was 90. I would be checking all the registered sex offenders that live around that area. There are several.”
THB: Let’s hope the police catch this guy and fast. In the meantime everyone should be vigilant and report anything or anybody that they think is suspicious. Take the APD’s advice: watch out for well-being of your neighbors, young and old, and lock doors and windows.