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July 14, 2014

You Said It: About Independence Day parade, the Wigwam and Speer homicide

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

For the first time since 2009, Anderson celebrated Independence Day with a parade downtown. The celebration also included fireworks fired from the top of a building downtown. How did residents rate the fireworks? (Article published July 4)

• “Here’s a thought ... Have them on the 4th!!!”

• “I love the fact that they were on the 3rd so we could enjoy the 4th with our family. 10! Better than what I expected.”

• “6-7. Good for a city the size of Anderson.”

THB: Some may have preferred for the display to take place on the Fourth, but what better way to kick off the holiday weekend than bringing the community together to celebrate. We’re already looking forward to next year.

Wigwam Sports & Entertainment was poised to take over the Wigwam on July 9, but the deal fell through. The group reportedly asked for more time to complete the deal. The request was denied because local official lacked confidence it could be completed. (July 11)

• “I’m trying to be supportive, and I still will be if something happens, but good grief. Let’s either make something happen or tear it down and get it over with! I’m actually getting sick of reading about it.”

• “ It can be saved. Most anything can be saved. Thing is, what’s someone going to do with it? How are the owners going to just fund day-to-day operations and maintenance? There are many things needing attention at the Wigwam that will have to be corrected before an insurance company will issue liability insurance. Without that, no one will be in the building. Currently, no liability insurance is active. If they overcome these obstacles, then they have to generate a rather ambitious event schedule to be able to continue operating. Given these issues, the idea of “saving” the Wigwam is not really practical.”

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