Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments from www.theheraldbulletin.com coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
Quayshawn Jordan, a 21-year-old Anderson man, was shot to death on Dec. 15. The newspaper printed a favorable comment and noted some previous arrests.
◆ “Grew up with him and it’s sad to see this is the way he was portrayed. We weren’t the closest of friends, only spoke on certain occasions but he was always positive and in a good mood. Hate to see he went out like this and it’s even worse that The Herald Bulletin would like to report on his troubles instead of his triumphs. Rest In Peace Quaker ... take it easy bro!”
◆ “I think it is fair to say that this is ridiculous. ... A man loses his life and you place the value on his past and point out the bad instead of offering condolences toward his family or printing a normal article about the circumstances surrounding his murder/death. Perhaps you should not only offer an apology but you should rewrite the article and this time offer some tact to the situation.”
◆ “Articles like this from our only daily newspaper, sad. This article breathes one chilling underlying message. And what’s sad is I know the Bulletin will probably not publish an apology.”
THB: By presenting both sides, The Herald Bulletin hoped to present a fuller picture of the young man and try to address for readers what motive there could have been for the loss of this life.
The Anderson City Council approved a $700,000 loan from the sewer department to the water pollution department to cover an anticipated cash flow shortage.
◆ “Water department loan? Has anyone noticed their bill? Why would they need a loan? Will the city give me a loan if I spend all my money so I can blow it on something stupid?”
THB: The loan has to be repaid by June 30, so let’s see if that happens.
Roads were icy and traffic backed up as a result of substantial snowfall.
◆ “Actually it could have been worse. To be honest, if you used common sense while driving it was not bad. I saw crews working on the roads on 109 and MLK this morning around 5 a.m. on my way to work. I think they did a good job keeping up with snow. Like I said, it could have been a worse storm and I’ve seen much worse.”
◆ “I watched the snowplows from my hotel room while in another city. It was amazing! Haven’t seen one in years!”
THB: And it’s only just begun.