Pat King, executive director
Hospice of Limestone County
Will continue to speak out
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!
Quentin D. Anderson Sr.