The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


January 19, 2014

You Said It: About the county budget, perfect ISTEPs and Edgewood Plaza

Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes "You Said It," a compilation of reader comments from coupled with responses by the newspaper's editorial board.

County budgets are in limbo as the state waits for data from the county (article published Jan. 17)

— "Can Anderson be another Detroit, a small city going into bankruptcy?"

THB: Parallels between Detroit and Anderson haven't been made since the auto industry migrated out of town. Not sure the county's problems are that closely tied to the troubles of the Motor City.

Anderson Community Schools honored students with perfect scores on ISTEP tests. (reported on Jan. 15)

— "By perfect, do they mean not a single question missed or do they mean 99th percentile?"

THB: It would seem that perfect means perfect in that not a single question was missed. But, what real difference would it make? Those students would be just as deserving of recognition had they missed something and still finished in the 99th percentile.

City considering changes at Edgewood Plaza. (article published on Jan. 12)

— "The interim director is suggesting an interim fix. The city has spent hundreds of thousands on site consultants and Winkler uses the sighting of a food truck as an indication of the demand for retail services in the area?"

THB: Mighty oaks from single acorns grow. Certainly the goal here is admirable and virtually nothing that could be done as an interim or permanent fix would have some risk.

United Methodist Church in Alexandria is being torn apart by gay issue. (article published on Jan. 10)

— "If being gay is a sin and one cannot work in a church because of their sexual orientation, then so be it. But then we need to extend this to those who are divorced, those who eat pig, those who wear clothing of different threads and so on. Do you not read the scripture? The Old Testament is full of "laws" that no one adheres to fully. So seriously, why should someone who LOVES another human, whether same gender or opposite, be excluded from the Church?"

THB: There has often been division in religion centered around whether or not to take a completely literal interpretation of the Bible. This seems to be at the core of this controversy but perhaps there is more at work in this disagreement.

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