The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


March 6, 2014

Viewpoint: Residents should work together for a better Anderson

“Minority Coalition shares 10-point plan for improvement” (Page 1, Feb. 14). Will someone please explain to me how a group of people that meet and complain, insult, and attack those attempting to do their best, and then issue threats to the same, could possibly be doing so in the name of progress or problem resolution?

A teacher does not care if you’re purple or green. If you are respectful and eager to learn, you will have a friend for life and unlimited possibilities in your life. The Rev. Anthony Harris needs to volunteer — helping slow readers, putting library books back on shelves, helping at lunchtime, or helping with an after-school event. However, if Rev. Harris has actually seen any child, black, white or purple, being treated unfairly by an educator, that was the time to act. To proclaim at some gathering “our schools don’t care enough about black children,” is an insult to every educator everywhere.

The Herald Bulletin really doesn’t care what color you are, they report the news. (Notice here I did not mention your political affiliation.) They, too, are not deserving of threats as they are covering the news to the best of their ability.

Politicians’ promises sounds like an oxymoron, but elected officials are deserving of respect. They are serving the citizenry, working in the interest of all. They, too don’t care what color you are. Elected officials attempt to find solutions for all the problems of an entire city and I’m sure they hear more complaints than praise for their efforts.

As for health care — and this city is very fortunate to have not one, but two great hospitals — institutions with numerous programs for every citizen regardless of their ethnic group, and color does not matter to them, either. Contrary to Anthony Malone’s opinion that was quoted at the gathering, “If you get sick, you probably shouldn’t live in Anderson.” If you are sick, your chances for survival are good in Anderson. Sure, we could undoubtedly use more doctors, but a comment like that one (if he really said that) is disrespectful to all the dedicated hardworking health care providers in the entire county.

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