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Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/8/12

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The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

Repeal immigration law

Dear Editor:

I have been following your coverage of Alabama's immigration law closely since it went in to effect. As a small business owner I am concerned about this law's negative impact on our state's economy and small businesses like mine.

Alabama is losing a million dollars a day because of this law.  I, personally, have lost a lot of customers because many of them were immigrants who have left the state out of fear — even those who were here legally.

These customers are hardworking people who supported my business. Without that income, I'm forced to cut business expenses. I can't afford to keep running my business the way I did without replacing those customers. And I definitely cannot consider making the same investments in our town's economy when I'm struggling myself.

At a time when our economy is already sluggish, I just can't see how this was the best move for our state. If lawmakers truly want to help our state's economy and small business owners like me, they need to repeal this law now.


Hermelindo Jiménez

Owner, La Guerrerense


Tired of rants

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the letter from Bruce Wilson dated March 31, 2012, stating he is tired of government. I take issue with his editorial as far as saying that freeloaders are taking from the government and not giving back.

I don’t know where you have been but jobs have been created every month for the last six months or more. If you decided to quit working Mr. Wilson that is up to you. Can it be some people cannot find suitable employment. I’m pretty sure you didn’t take the first job that came along.

As to the president, if you read the news or watch it there is more oil production going on in the last few years than in the last 20. Why don’t you read and get your facts together before sending off a letter to the editor cause you are upset. There is more demand for gas throughout the world now so that is why more countries are demanding more oil too.

As far as the apologies go, he is not apologizing for the certain act, just for what is going on. I suppose you want use to get into another conflict and pay out more taxes and where you don’t have to worry about leaving the comforts of your home to go and defend this country. Be careful what you ask for.

When has the president turned anything into a “race issue”? I have heard more from the right wing talk about race than Rev. Al Sharpton or the president. 

As for the Black Panthers, haven’t heard a thing from them. What are “gang clothes”? Are they jeans, Dockers, jerseys, what? Cause a lawmaker chooses to wear a hoodie to show solidarity to a cause it is gang related? Come on you are smarter than this. So since Bill Belichick wears a hood during the season, he is a gang member. All the kids that represent bands and such, when they are in the stands during the fall wearing hoods, they are gang members?

Sir all your other issues hold merit, but all the ones I have spoken on don’t hold water. I am an honorably discharged vet/retired serviceman and if it’s cold I am going to wear a sweatshirt with a hood, not because it is a sign, it is because its cold.

Sir, I hope you don’t spew these thoughts around your minority friends.  Don’t make assumptions cause of what you saw on TV or read in the newspapers cause you could end up with egg on your face.

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