The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

July 15, 2013

You Said It: About juvenile shooting, Yule Golf Course, U.S. educational

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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.

Juvenile shot in leg at party at abandoned factory. (Article published July 8)

  •  “OK, now the obvious questions; what was a juvenile doing out at 1:30 a.m? Why was anyone in an abandoned factory, let alone at 1:30 a.m.? No parents?”

THB: All valid questions; guns, juveniles and parties at 1:30 a.m. are not a good mix. What about curfew?

Alexandria board rejects request to turn Yule Golf Course into farmland. (July 9)

  •  “It’s his land, he should be able to use it how he wants. What is this country now, a dictatorship?”
  •  “If it’s zoned residential, the owner/farmer should make it into a crappy trailer park, that’d be so much better than corn and bean fields.”

THB: The bottom line: Zoning exists to help a community manage growth and change, as well as to protect the value of property. In this case, the board of zoning appeals has the authority to grant a variance — or not. The farmer and the residents would have other legal recourse, but for now they have to accept the ruling of the board.

German education model could hold key to closing Indiana’s “skills gap.” (July 8)

  •  “The German model of education is indeed superior — far, far superior — to the American system of general knowledge and trivia. By age 14, the 75 percent of our kids that aren’t traditional college material should be on a vocational track gaining useful job and life skills instead of sleeping through Shakespeare. That last four years of high school is a waste of valuable time for anyone not destined to hang the coveted 4-year degree on the wall. For the upper 25 percent, most should start transitioning to collegiate material around age 14. Otherwise, those kids are also wasting a lot of valuable time and neurons.”

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