Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
According to a study, Anderson ranks 14th among Indiana's safest cities with a population of more than 32,000, ahead of Columbus, Evansville and Indianapolis. (Published Feb. 28)
• “This has got to be a joke. Anderson is the worst place to live."
• “There is crime in every town. Not every town is bad."
• “That doesn't sound right. Somebody better rethink that."
• “Well, I guess if you like to live with drugs."
• “Meanwhile we're looking like a meth zombie farm."
• “There are roughly 25 cities in the state this size, so we're still in the bottom half."
THB: Regardless of opinions about the validity of the study's findings, what's very evident from the more than 150 comments on this story is the residents of Anderson don't feel safe. This is a serious issue the city must address head-on, not only to alleviate people's fears but create an environment where families feel secure in building a future here.
Pendleton police Chief Marc Farrer has filed a motion to disqualify council President Jessica Smith from voting on his dismissal. (Published Feb. 28)
• “Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem like a police chief should be an obvious racist."
• “She should be! He deserves a fair hearing!"
• “And if she didn't make a statement, people would have their panties in a bunch."
THB: The motion to disqualify the council's president from voting after Farrer's appeal hearing next Saturday adds a new wrinkle in the dispute dividing the townspeople. All five of the town's council members should come to the hearing prepared to listen and weigh information without a predetermined outcome.
When General Motors was a major employer in the Anderson area, there were six bowling alleys in the city. Today there is only one bowling center in Anderson. (Published Feb. 28)
• “If more parents realized how much scholarship money can be won in bowling tournaments, I think many more would have their kids give it a shot."
• “I work in one that is an incredible place to hang out."
• “Bowling is cool but send your kids to trade schools and they don't need scholarships."
THB: Bowling alleys were once a social epicenter of an auto industry town. When the jobs left, the leagues began to dwindle. But there does seem to be an interest at the youth level, where many skilled competitors are finding there is scholarship money to be earned. Maybe this once heralded pastime can make a comeback.