Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
IMPA is planning three solar parks on the east side of Anderson. (Published June 20)
• "Kudos on our city moving forward."
• "I only agree if the energy is used for our county."
• "That would require the sun be allowed to shine and no more rain."
THB: Even if power generated at these proposed solar parks isn't utilized toward local homes, it still contributes toward reducing our dependence on coal- and petroleum-based energy and increasing the use of alternative energy. And that's a goal we should all applaud.
For about 30 years, the two-story former firehouse near the intersection of Third and Hendricks streets has sat empty. Now, it's undergoing a transformation to house a local business. (Published June 19)
• "I remember watching movies there in the '60s."
• "Awesome idea. Save the old gold!"
• "Glad someone has found another use for this iconic building."
THB: It's great that Tim Perry and his company have invested time and money in restoring this historic building and putting it to good use. It's even better that Perry has invested in the neighborhood by restoring homes and eliminating blight. That's the kind of people our city needs. And we can't wait to catch a movie on the side of the firehouse.
Low salary, shifts on nights, weekends and holidays, and a negative perception of law enforcement are drawing fewer people to the field. (Published June 19)
• "It takes a very special partner and lots of understanding."
• "It is terrible and near-impossible to have a family, marriage or anything when you are in law enforcement."
• "People who choose to do this job do it because they want to make a difference. But when you have a generation, along with the ones that taught them to be disrespectful and ignore laws, then no one wants to apply."
THB: Law enforcement isn't for the weak of heart. Officers face danger daily in the name of protecting the public and, therefore, deserve our respect and adequate compensation for the sacrifices they make. But corruption and "a few bad apples" have soured perception of police in many people's minds. There's a lot of work to do before the field is attractive again.