You Said It: About Project Oasis, more on meth and a respected educator
The Herald Bulletin
Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments from www.theheraldbulletin coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
Officials express qualified support for proposed Anderson reservoir. (Article published March 16)
““Horrible, horrible, horrible idea.”
“Build? This isn’t about building. It is a valley, you do not dig a reservoir. You flood a valley, and it fills up. Why it would be great just to stick it where there is nothing, but that can’t and won’t happen.”
“This is a good thing for Anderson and I think it’s selfish of people to justify not doing this because of some houses and empty buildings.”
“Do you realize this would create one of the largest public works projects in Indiana since the 1970s. I don’t believe in magic. I believe in progress and hard work. If you are not moving forward then you are falling behind. I have watched Anderson decay and be further hindered by ‘Not In My Back Yard.’”
“Why? Water will be a major issue in the future. It will never be cheaper than today to do this type project. I would say wise idea if it can be paid for by all the cities, towns and counties affected.”
“Anderson is no different than a thousand other cities in the United States. We put all of our eggs in the non-skilled production basket. It worked for three decades. Then that basket broke. The world changed. That model didn’t fit the new world and Anderson did not adapt quickly enough and was left behind. Anderson will need to re-invent itself if we are going to move forward. This proposal is just that, a proposal. It is putting an idea out there and trying to see where it goes. If people don’t think this will work, that’s fine. However, come up and make a better proposal instead of tearing down the ones that are out there.”
THB: Step back, take a deep breath, think and listen.
Leaders mull meth laws while police fight problem (March 16)
“Just stop selling pseudoephedrine altogether. Marijuana, cocaine and most illegal drugs have legitimate purposes, but we don’t take that into account. Anyone who allows pseudoephedrine to be sold, and the purchaser uses it for meth ... the person who sells it should be charged with dealing in meth. You are part of the problem. Quit selling it.”
THB: That sounds pretty harsh, since there is a legitimate use for this ingredient. The system that tracks the purchase of these drugs needs to work better.
John Boyer, teacher, coach, and principal for more than 32 years before retiring from Anderson Community Schools, died March 20. (March 21)
“I always had great respect for Mr. Boyer. He was strict but fair. What a great man. HHS and the school district were fortunate to have him and all students were blessed to have him as a teacher, coach and principal.”
“John was a good man and a great educator, whatever his role. He supported me at a difficult time and I’ll always admire him and honor his memory.”
THB: Nice tributes to this educator, coach and principal. Teachers make a difference.