The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/8/12



Staff Sgt. Terence W. Crooks


Let’s work together

Dear Editor:

For the Judeo-Christians, today is the day that the son of God left this earthly world to join his father in the heavenly kingdom.  All faiths should be respected, even those who have no faith.  As a young man, I was told an atheist probably doesn’t even take aspirin or medications since they have no faith/confidence in anything. 

We do need to consider how to accomplish our faiths without trying to find ways of defeating any particular religion’s influence. People can freely make their own choice as long as it doesn’t advise or require violence or death to those of other religious beliefs.  Happy Easter!

Hopefully, our political leaders will take some time for silent meditation to contemplate, what is not best for special interests, or votes, but best for all our law abiding citizens and taxpayers.  Money is the root of all evil and can negatively influence people if it is freely given without personal effort/sacrifice to justify the receipt of these freely given funds. 

If everyone does their part, drops the egos, and doesn’t try to get something for nothing, then , and only then, our nation can return to its previous strength, with freedom and rights for all.

We can only succeed as a freedom living, financially stable, nation, if we all do our part to achieve this goal!  Our target is everyone peacefully, respectfully, living together and pulling our own weight in this world.


Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


Hope you can see problem

Dear Editor:

I did not intend to respond to the editorial letters from Deborah King and Vic Schiavone but several people have requested that I clarify accusations made by them.

Ms. King stated that Randy Smeenk is a sore loser. That does not make sense because Mr. Smeenk did not lose any election. Rex Davis lost the election for vice chairman to Randy Smeenk. Rex Davis and the tea party people then took every opportunity to disrupt every meeting, so, which was the sore loser? Not my opinion but one expressed by state officials.

Mr. Smeenk was not the only person to resign. All the sitting officers resigned. Over 18 total Republicans resigned from the Committee.

It is sad that the people who remain on the committee could not recognize the conflict of interest that Rex Davis and Ronnie Coffman created. Lowering the qualifying fee is within the purview of the county Party; that was not an ethical problem it was just dumb. The other local counties, Madison and Morgan did not lower their fees to get candidates to run. I can find no logical reason to lower the qualifying fees. It appears Davis and Coffman lowered the fees to benefit themselves.

Item 1 As Mr. Schiavone’s letter stated: ‘The change in qualifying fees was approved by the entire membership of the LCREC unanimously.’ I would ask who presented that position, the same person who then qualified to run for the office. The reduction of fees is not the ethical problem. The conflict of interest is.

Item 3 in Mr. Schiavone’s letter stated: ‘The change in qualifying fees is not reducing the financial assistance available to Republican candidates.’ You did not have that information when you reduced the fees. You have to set the fees before qualifying opens. Do you understand what a conflict of interest is?

Mr. Coffman and Mr. Davis created the appearance of impropriety, the conflict of interest, the ethical problem. I hope you can see the problem now. I consider the statement “allowing more people to qualify” a smoke screen.

Ms. King called Mr. Smeenk a loser. She could have a point , we did lose in our effort to keep the tea party from taking over the Limestone Republican Executive Party. The tea party people have no loyalty to the Republican Party. We no longer have a GOP executive committee in Limestone county. You have two tea parties.

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