You Said It: About land use, Chamberlain, and grieving
The Herald Bulletin
Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of readers’ comments from www.theheraldbulletin.com and the newspaper’s editorial board.
The Alexandria Board of Zoning and Appeals denied the petition last week to allow the Yule Golf Course property to be used for agricultural purposes (story published Nov. 27).
“Well, I have nothing against golf courses, they are nice and beneficial around subdivisions. As an ex-home builder I have built many homes around courses like that. But, if the course is broke, and no one wants the property, it will just become weed-choked and the like. What will that do for property values? At least with a farm you know it will be a farm. Not all that bad in my book. We all need more local farms. At some point in time we will run out of productive land and why not take it back the way it used to be. I also think that our county officials need to take a look at what they are doing with farmland. Here is a chance of land to be brought back to farming and was denied. Wow, looks like a loss for both sides.”
THB: A golf course in that area, of course, is more desirable, but a golf course is a business that has to turn a profit. Farmland is a necessity; we all have to eat. Hope the officials can come to a decision that both parties can live with.
Anderson native and retired teacher Misty Novak has written “See You in a Minute: A Mother’s Journey Through the First Year of Grief,” about the death of her son, Zachary in a plane crash. (Nov. 16)
“Misty, I am so glad you wrote this book about a mother’s grieving. I lost my sister Kim to murder at the hands of her own husband and I knew the severe and unending grief I have felt as a sibling, but I never knew the depths of despair my parents experienced. I read the first several pages on Amazon and it is a book I have to finish. Thank you to you and your family for this contribution that will touch so many lives ...”
THB: Sounds like a great book that will help those facing this difficult journey.
Rodney Chamberlain, the city’s assistant building commissioner, retired last month after 20 years as a city employee. (Nov. 17)
“Rodney Chamberlain, thank you for your dedication to the youth of our city. The support and unselfishness to our youth is something that is admirable. The effort that you put into the Youth Football League over the years as well as our Parks and Recreation programs speaks volumes. You deserve so much more. Best wishes in your retirement from the city and best of luck in your new endeavors.”
THB: Chamberlain has also served this city well as a councilman. Now he can continue in that role without any criticism of conflict of interest.
Anderson resident Whitney Foote was killed in a traffic accident Nov. 27 near Lapel. (Nov. 28)
“Whitney was a shining example of how to live life in spite of trials. I loved her and will miss her.”
“Whitney was an angel sent here from God to live on earth. She was so sweet and always made everyone laugh who she touched. Anyone who knew her would never forget her sweet angel face and smile.”
THB: As a youngster, Whitney (Collins) served as Madison County’s poster child for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She made quite the impact in her short life.