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February 15, 2014

Viewpoint: Jobs, education and renewable energy are key to Anderson's improvement

In a recent editorial, the editorial board was critical of Mayor Kevin Smith’s State of the City speech because, as the editorial suggested, it lacked vision. I would have to concur in this assessment. I really don’t like to engage in negativity, but sometimes constructive criticism can be a very effective tool in bringing forth the best in ourselves and others.

It seems that politicians serving in Anderson always want to talk about what they have done to balance the budget, maintain public safety, and how many miles of streets they have paved. These accomplishments are commendable but every politician in Anderson past and present has done those things and will continue to do those things.

What is lacking on the part of our local politicians is their ability to put themselves out there, to show us and to tell us with conviction their ideas that will in both the short term and long term improve this community. It should be easy for anyone that holds public office in this community to look around and see where we need to improve the most, and the fastest, and to formulate and share their plan of action with the citizenry.

I’m no politician. I’m just an interested citizen like many of you that wants to see Anderson start to improve in all areas, but I believe we need to begin by concentrating on three key concerns. The three areas I want to talk about are jobs and wages, education, and renewable energy. These issues are key to Anderson’s future and we need to start having conversations that lead to action on these issues. I want a future in this community that includes us attracting an impact employer. An impact employer that creates several thousand good-paying jobs in Anderson that pay wages that can support families.

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  • Viewpoint: Voters, especially seniors, should ask questions It’s that time of year again. Kids are getting ready for school, corporations are reviewing their semi annual reports and — yes — many seniors are filling out their absentee ballots. Some are voting because they are fed up with the status quo, some out of habit and some because they feel it is their civic duty.

    July 29, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

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