The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor 1/20/13

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

Seeking info on mill village

Dear Editor:

I am currently in the process of writing a book about growing up in Athens. There is a part of Athens that has been lost to the present population and that is my theme.

I am looking for anyone to contact me that ever lived in what was known as the “mill village” in North Athens. I remember it vividly, but I need help with some of the details that will make the story more interesting.

Any pictures or anyone living that can help me will be much appreciated. North of 9th Avenue behind the L&S Food Market is the place that I remember being called the Mill Village.

Please contact me at


Morris Bowers


Guns provide protection for elders

 Editor’s note: The following letter, submitted by Charles and Jackie Lewis of Athens, contained the text of a letter sent to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks. The content of the letter, however, was shortened to meet our 400-word requirement.

Dear Editor:

The direction of gun control issues now being discussed in Washington is very troubling, especially to law abiding older citizens who rely on their guns to protect themselves and their property. I am including a letter my wife and I have written and sent to our Senators Shelby and Sessions and to our Rep. Mo Brooks regarding this subject. It expresses our concerns, which we feel echo the concerns of many law abiding gun owners.

For those of you with like-minded concerns, please let your representatives in Washington know as soon as possible. Their websites are,, and

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