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.
Convicted murderer Fredrick Michael Baer nears the end of the appeals process on death row. (Article published April 28)
- “I really hope this man does drop his appeals. He is a very sick person.”
- “He doesn’t deserve a writeup in the paper ... must be a slow news day.”
- “Why do an interview with this monster? The Clark family doesn’t want to hear anything this monster has to say. I don’t understand why The Herald Bulletin interviewed this monster ... this makes me so angry and sick. My sister-in-law and niece should be the ones remembered and an article written about them, not this piece of trash!
THB: No one has forgotten the victims. The articles were meant to inform and give some insight into life on death row.
Former Pendleton Heights coach Bill Stoudt was honored as the Pendleton Heights High School baseball field was renamed in his honor. (April 26)
- “A job well done, coach Stoudt — your legacy lives on! Pendleton Proud!”
THB: Sounds like a much deserved honor.
Anderson’s Athletic Pool was added to Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered. (April 26)
- “I respect Larry’s desire to have the pool saved, but I feel time and geography have caught up to the landmark. If we’re to have a pool in the downtown park, I think it would be more secure further in to the park itself. Vandals have already pilfered much of the piping that once supported the pool. Its proximity to Eighth Street makes it vulnerable to vandals again, should we choose to refurbish it. Again, I respect Larry’s view, I simply have a different opinion.”
THB: The pool is a historical piece of Anderson that needs to be saved. Now that the nonprofit Indiana Landmarks has named the pool to its 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy, this will bring more attention to the pool’s plight.
Muscular dystrophy sufferer graduates from college after 10-year battle. (April 30)
- “Congratulations to Toni and to the MS Clinic at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital for the great things they do.”
THB: Just shows you what determination, hard work and the help of others can do. Congrats, Toni, on accomplishing your dream.
A Herald Bulletin editorial opined that in time of man-made or natural emergencies it’s reassuring to have a county emergency management agency. (April 30)
- “I haven’t been in a situation directly, but I have a police scanner as a hobby and listen to them all the time serving our county. They deserve more credit than they probably receive!”
THB: Agreed, the people involved in emergency management are to be commended for all the work that they do.
The Anderson Community Schools board has broader options now in hiring a new superintendent. (May 1)
- “Whatever direction ACS takes in regard to a new superintendent, please make sure that individual has a sound background in education. I realize the new bill states a superintendent does not have to have an educator’s license, but once again we would be dumbing down education even more.”
THB: Anderson Community Schools needs a leader who has a solid background in education and has the knowledge and tools to help the school system rise above the many challenges it faces.