The Herald Bulletin

March 3, 2014

You Said It: About mass transit, meth problem

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of readers’ comments from coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.

The Mass Transit bill, which could bring an extensive mass transit system to Madison County, passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee last week. (Article published Feb. 25)

◆ “We need mass transit like we need a hole in our head. It will need to be subsidized to keep it running, costing we taxpayers millions of dollars. This is true in every city across the U.S. Just look how empty our city buses are, they cannot stand on their own either. Facts are that people would rather drive their car even if they spend more for gas. This is just another way of spending more money that we don’t have, putting us farther in debt and wrecking budgets.”

THB: Americans do have that love affair with cars.

The Herald Bulletin published a three-day series on meth and the many problems that it brings to a community. (Feb. 23-25)

◆ “To see many of my closest friends labeled as ‘Faces Of Meth’ on the front page of the paper made me very uneasy. It was rude and disrespectful, in my opinion. I understand completely that meth is a problem ... but many of these individuals have changed each and every aspect of their lives and have worked very hard for the things they have today. By dragging them back through their past you risk all the things they have worked so hard for, such as their jobs. I guess in your opinion I am also “A Face Of Meth,” but you are wrong. These individuals along with myself are not the same people we were in those mug shots. We are the faces of success today. Where is that story?”

◆ “Television has glorified the production of meth ... our economy gives little alternatives to illegal activities for many of our citizens. America’s broken families and departure from institutions that promote honorable living (the church) have contributed immensely to the problem of recreational and addictive substances and the production of same. Legislation has never solved this problem and never will. The problem continues and will not end.”

THB: Being unemployed or under-employed is not an excuse to use drugs. Enforcement of laws and introduction of new legislation may not ever solve the problem, but it’s a line of defense that we can’t give up on.