The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


November 13, 2013

Viewpoint: What's happening in America?

Maybe you are one of the millions of Americans who have a gloomy view of the future. There's no question this country is heading down the wrong path for sure.

We began as a revolutionary concept that a country could be made where the citizen is king; that ordinary people would decide their fate and destiny and not be a government's whim.

To the extent we deviate from that model bequeathed us by the founders we suffer and as we suffer now.

You are in good company. Were the founders with us today they would see what you see; the diminution of individual liberties, the growing role of gigantic governments, and shudder at their great vision of the common man turning to ashes in only a few generations.

The founders in heaven may have noticed something in the last few years. Imagine them coming to the edge of heaven and looking over the balcony down on this great land and shaking their heads at what they see. A nation which has largely forgotten them. Forgotten the concepts they fought for. The ones they cemented (they thought) into the Constitution.

Solzhenitsyn nailed it: The soviet constitution guarantees generous civil rights — the only problem? Everyone ignored it. If a constitution is universally ignored, does it really exist? The answer is "no." It no longer exists. In the case of our Constitution that's a shame.

Few people seem to care or notice. The Constitution? It's OK and safe in Washington, D.C., sealed in a hermetically armored glass box to preserve it. I wish it were that easy to preserve a Constitution.

But the key to preserving a constitution is to live by it. To know it and to voluntarily live by it. That comes with an obligation to step up when you see others not living by it.

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    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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