The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


September 26, 2013

Viewpoint: College students should be given choice

By Carole Carlson Anderson resident

In 1944, when I was a 16-year-old high school student in Missouri who had writing ambitions, I went to the library to check out a book, “Ten Days That Shook the World.” My writing coach said it was well-written. (It’s still on some top 10 best-written lists.) Its American author John Reed had gone to Russia in 1917 to cover the revolution.

It was in the card file but not on the shelf, so I asked at the desk if I could reserve it — get a call when it was returned so I could come check it out.

“What do you want with it?” the lady at the desk asked.

“I want to read it,” I said. (What else? Swat flies with it?)

Then the longtime library director asked me the same question, and I gave her the same answer. She said it wasn’t on the “public” book shelves. They’d stored it away, but after some hemming and hawing, she gave me the OK.

Interesting. Why did I need personal permission to read something? My assumption has always been that she wanted to protect young, little me from turning communist.

And that makes me wonder if she had ever read the book. To anyone who grows up in a democracy, that book is a “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie. Reed narrates how revolutionary leaders were knifing each other figuratively, and their cohorts on the streets were doing it literally. Peasants who dared to protest their own hunger and suffering were mowed down by soldiers. When it came to caring about the Russian people, the revolutionaries were no better than Czar Nicholas’ court. Communist Lenin conspired against and annihilated democratic Kerensky; Trotsky had to flee to Mexico to save his life, which didn’t work, because a secret agent sneaked into Mexico and killed him. Meanwhile, lurking somewhere in the background was a violent college student who had just changed his name to Josef Stalin.

Text Only
  • Viewpoint: Pray for an end to abortion pandemic There are few, if any, conditions of our day that have more impact on our lives than the shameful practice of abortion – a legalized form of murder. There are many who say that should not be spoken in polite society. There are others who buy into the fabrication that since abortion is legal, it must be a non-issue.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Politicians creating instability in public schools

    I will begin this correspondence by stating I have known hundreds of educators from across the state of Indiana. There are a couple of fibers that commonly run through the character of most of these great people, educators truly care about kids, and they do not fear a fair and equitable evaluation.

    April 23, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Academic standards process a model for other states

    The State Board of Education is scheduled to adopt Indiana College and Career Ready standards at a special meeting on April 28.

    April 22, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Resources are available to prevent child abuse The word "courage" is often associated with the fight against child abuse. Front line victim advocates have long recognized the need for courage in order to protect victims. Behind the scene advocates need courage to fight for funding and attention to the cause.

    April 19, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Tree City USA distinction laughable I thoroughly enjoyed your April Fools' editorial announcing that the city of Anderson had received the Tree City USA distinction. Had I not realized it was a joke, I would have choked on my coffee. I was a little concerned that you did not announce to some of the less enlightened readers that it was an April Fools' joke.

    April 19, 2014

  • Letter: Local business gives valued aid to Girl Scouts The Girl Scouts of Central Madison County would like to thank the local Coca-Cola Distribution Center for their wonderful support.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American people still don't know the full truth I think the last presidential election may have been the most corrupt one in the history of this nation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Public should get informed about fracking The League of Women Voters recently offered the viewing of "Gasland part 11" at the library. There were eight people there including myself.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Indianapolis will be the winner with reservoir There have been many articles in The Herald Bulletin both pro and con about the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir. Let me put my two cents worth in, and I am sure that is how some will take it.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American Right makes Left turn The American Right has suddenly made a Left turn on government surveillance after several years supporting George W. Bush's program to eavesdrop on telephone calls and read emails of American citizens without warrants.

    April 16, 2014

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide