Each Monday, The Herald Bulletin publishes “You Said It,” a compilation of reader comments from www.theheraldbulletin.com coupled with responses by the newspaper’s editorial board.
A seven-mile, 2,000-acre lake has been proposed for the Anderson area. (Article published March 15)
- “I like the proposal. This city has been slowly trying to grow, but with the job rate continuing to be low and other areas of deprivation in this city still rampant, I think a big change like this would be helpful to the city. I hope it goes through, I would be interested to see how the city changes and develops around it.”
- “I am guessing this has been done successfully elsewhere and hopefully officials from that area have been, or will be surveyed to ascertain the strategies which were effective and most importantly, those that were not. This is very interesting.”
- ““You have to have a solid redevelopment plan in place for such a massive change. You can’t just flood an area which currently holds a major number of businesses and hope we will recover and grow from it. You can’t just try it and hope for the best or the city can/will go bankrupt.”
THB: As another reader has commented: Yes, it is a big idea but the only way to get the area out of the situation it is in is to go for big ideas … if we keep doing what we have always done then what will we get?
A Sears Hometown Store will return to Anderson at the site of the former Family Christian Store in the 2000 block of University Boulevard. (March 13)
- “Seems like a small positive step forward; welcome back, Sears!”
- “Well, I am glad to have them back. We recently had to drive to Muncie to replace (at their expense) a warranted appliance. It took more than one trip. I look forward to the convenience of having them here for tools and appliances. Their hiring anyone can’t hurt this town, but it would be nice if they offered the jobs to those prior employees.”
THB: It’s all good: Another local retail outlet, local investors and some jobs.
Police say the adults behaved irresponsibly in the March 10 accident that killed three, saying the accident was a result of a “speed game” (March 14)
- “Speed games they said. it will be fun they said ...”
- “Sometimes good people can do stupid things and, yes, this was one of them, but it’s sad to see good lives taken over speed. ... Godspeed to the deceased and prayers to all ...”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence opposes provision to expand gambling. (March 13)
- “My new governor better watch his words. A lot of people in this state love gaming and it brings lots of entertainment here. Hoosier Park supports lots of activities and has an awesome venue for such things. Horse racing, gaming, live entertainment ... kill the funding ... veto the live table games we are getting and everyone will leave this state again in droves for their entertainment. This venue brings lots of jobs to us here in Anderson! Please don’t kill it!”
THB: Agreed, this proposal does not expand gambling, it enhances it. Hoosier Park is a great venue, a good community partner and provides many jobs. Let’s not jeopardize that.