The Herald Bulletin

January 27, 2014

You Said It: About acts of kindness, razing historical buildings, Person of Year

The Herald Bulletin

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

South Madison Community Schools board moves ahead with plans to raze old high school building. (Jan. 15)

◆ “I’d like to see a breakdown of the $30,000 figure that is quoted. Even if it is accurate, I’m guessing that it will take a decade of savings to offset the cost of demolition. And who knows what building needs may arise in that time span.”

◆ “This goes beyond idiotic. What is it with local school systems and the demolition of older buildings? Is there nothing worth saving anymore? It seems that around these parts we always have some kind of an excuse to award a local company with a demolition contract. Once the bids are in, maybe we should investigate personal relationships between the demo company and school board members? We’re very quickly ridding Madison County of its history. But just think of all the parking it creates! Ugh ...”

THB: History is good to save. Historical buildings are good to save, if possible, but it all comes down to one thing, money.

On Jan. 25 a viewpoint by Anderson resident Brian T. Boaz was published about an act of kindness that came his way.

◆ “Many people lead lives of quiet desperation ... do something nice for someone you don’t know today ... you and our society as a whole will be better for it.”

THB: The Golden Rule, how things would be different in this world if everyone employed it.

Anderson Protection League Director Maleah Stringer named Person of the Year by The Herald Bulletin. (Article published Jan. 1)

◆ “No better deserving person! Congrats, Maleah — you do an amazing job! I remember what it (the city animal shelter) was like before you, you have made some phenomenal changes and I know that you do the absolute best for the animals and the public.”

THB: She and her staff see the best and worst that humans can dish out, many times all in one day. Thank you for what you do to make Anderson a better place to live.