The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

November 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor 11/11/12



Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


Thanks for

your support

Dear Editor:

I want to thank everyone for their support during the campaign. I appreciate your trust in me and want to assure the citizens of District 4 that I will continue to go to bat for you and maintain an open-door policy.

Meeting many of you personally was a pleasure, and I look forward to serving all of you over the next four years. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Thanks to all who allowed me to put signs on their property; I greatly appreciate it. We put a major dent in gathering them up on Wednesday, but I know that we may have missed a few. If you have a sign or know of a sign still out there, you can call me at 256-233-3426, or comment on my personal Facebook page with the location and we will pick it up.

If you have already removed your sign and do not want it, please let me know and we will come and get it. 

I’m looking forward to great four years.

I Tim 2:1-2


Ben Harrison


District 4

The power of the press

Dear Editor:

Thirty years ago in November 1982, the parade honoring Vietnam veterans in our nation’s capital was almost led by the state of Alaska if not for an Associated Press article reporting there would be no official state delegation from Alabama attending the weeklong welcome home and salute to Vietnam Veterans that ended with the dedication of the “The Wall” memorial on Nov. 13.

Newspapers and radio and television news picked up the story, and with donations of cash, airplane and bus tickets, an RV, personal vehicles, out-of-pocket expenses, and even a chartered bus, more than 100 vets from all across Alabama led the parade on Nov. 13, 1982, and marched proudly behind the color guard, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert L. Howard. They also participated in events on Capitol Hill, the reading of the names of the fallen heroes at the National Cathedral, and paid their respects at the Gold Star Mothers and Wives reception.

In Huntsville, the 1982 Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 was dedicated to Vietnam veterans and the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America acted as the grand marshal.

In November 1992, an article in the then-Huntsville News by Budd McLaughlin reported “No parade for veterans” would be held in the city or Madison County.  In two days, again with extensive news coverage by the Huntsville Times and other news outlets, a grass-roots effort resulted in the announcement a parade would be held to honor veterans if it was only “one man and a flag.”

Instead, local businesses, citizens, civic and fraternal groups, and veterans from all across North Alabama and even Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi banded together and a parade “of veterans and for veterans” made its way through downtown Huntsville on Nov. 11.

Both events most likely would not have had the same result without “The Power of the Press.”


Glenn Bracken


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