The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

August 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor 8/11/13


The News Courier

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 adam@athensnews-courier.com.

Hospice privileged to serve

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Staff of Hospice of Limestone County and myself, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation for the lovely 25th Anniversary Celebration that was given in our honor.

When “your” Hospice started in 1988, by a group of concerned and committed citizens who sought to enhance care to the dying in our community, they each brought with them their own voice and vision. Hospice of Limestone County has grown and flourished for the last 25 years with that unique gift of our original board and volunteers who were so instrumental in establishing a program that would meet the needs of our community.

Hospice of Limestone has worked diligently to help our community better understand death and dying issues, and to give people the quality assistance they need to cope with loss in both their personal and professional lives.

Each of our families has added a new dimension to our lives. We have grown as individuals by walking with them through a very intimate time of their lives. It reminds me of a rainbow or collage of faces and thoughts that brings each one to mind, a smile to the face or a tear to the eye.

I personally would like to thank the citizens of Limestone County for the privilege of service and the opportunity to share your lives. Hospice of Limestone continues to grow, flourish and multiply services for our community because it has been loved and nurtured. Thank you Board of Directors for your guidance and most especially, thank you citizens of Limestone County.

Sincerely,

Pat King, executive director

Hospice of Limestone County



Will continue to speak out

Dear Editor:

I have been writing letters to the editor for over 15 years. During this period, I proposed two city ordinances and worked with the city council to obtain their approval and was also instrumental in getting the new police headquarters. Free speech allows everyone to freely express their observations and opinions. This is necessary in a democracy. If someone disagrees with a written comment they can publicly respond openly with their position.

I’ve had very few contact me with disagreement with my letters, but many express their agreement. I have met many others at various public meetings and in stores who have told me they enjoy my letters even when they don’t always agree and many said that the letters section of the Sunday paper was the first part of the paper they read. Actually, today, I had a telephone call from a citizen quite disturbed about a problem with the city and her treatment financially. I was unable to resolve her problem.  It is an example of the need for a citizen’s group to pursue city matters affecting their well-being. My letters have been infrequent this year because of a medical problem. Thankfully, many people continue to wish me the best.

Tragically, there are some people who have tried to stop the publication of my letters.  They don’t have the guts and honesty to discuss the subject matter directly with the author. As one well-known individual in Athens told me recently, some may not agree with everything I say, but he commends my efforts to keep our community leaders in check. He also said the world needs more people who aren’t afraid to speak up.

I’ve always been concerned regarding how our public officials spend our public funds and the amount of in-depth planning involved in making major decisions.  Former city Councilwoman Caudle called me the “Quintessential Citizen Activist”. I proudly accept that title.

We shouldn’t have any more secretly set up major decisions like the tax increase and the continuing to escalate library costs without more public discussion as to what major decisions our officials are making without more public input in public forums. Last, but not least, we need more active, in-depth, public participation in the financial decisions in our city. I look forward to the city’s future.

I plan to continue my public comments despite those who wish to halt free public expression!

Sincerely,

Quentin D. Anderson Sr.

Athens