The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


November 29, 2013

Viewpoint: Silence encourages this type of government

Here is Madison County’s government year in review:

1. One of 2013 council’s first agenda: Lisa Hobbs, Robin Wagner, John Bostic and Lisa Phillips vote to change start time of meetings from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.

a: Convenient for council. b: By design, limits citizen attendance. c: Less transparency, no accountability.

2. Call back/rehire employees

3. Will not allow discussion to change start time back to 7 p.m.

a: Council mindset seems to be, we are in charge, it’s “we the government” not, “We the people.”

4. Announce coming vote to reinstate wheel tax.

a: Will allow $ 1.5 million earmarked for roads, part of a balanced budget by 2012 council, to be used for political wish list.

b: Commissioners office manager and sheriff deputy inform me, 76-year-old man, I cannot pass out leaflets opposing wheel tax on the Government Center square and I must go across the street.

c: After ACLU informs and reminds Madison County lawyer of First Amendments rights, I receive a letter stating I would not be arrested distributing the leaflets on Government Center square.

5. Lisa Hobbs, Robin Wagner, John Bostic and Lisa Phillips vote to reinstate wheel tax. David McCartney, Rick Gardner and Buddy Patterson vote against.

a: A tax increase, despite many citizens’ expressed opposition, signed petitions, and an estimated 40 percent of citizens being part time, no benefits, earn less then $18,000/yr, and 50 percent of a senior citizen community income less then $16,000 a year.

6. Starts so-called budget negations.

a: What I saw and heard.

b: Department head presents his/her budget

c: John Bostic “we are giving employees a 3 percent raise and request to cut your budget 10 percent.”

d: My thoughts; this is great, a much deserved raise and paying for it with budgets cuts.

e: Next department head’s reply to budget cut request, “I am giving a true budget, we need the money.”

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    July 24, 2014

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 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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