The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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June 15, 2014

Letters to the editor 6/15/14

Letters policy

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send letters to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

Good watchdog lost in primary election

Dear Editor:

The citizens of Limestone County should have voted. Unfortunately, one of the few honest and hard working politicians did not get re-elected.

Please join me in expressing thanks to Stanley Menefee for a job well done. Each of us is responsible for monitoring the spending and interests of future elected officials as we have lost a good watchdog.


Ruth A. Yates


‘Wonderful’ pastor en route to FUMC

Dear Editor:

To Athens First United Methodist Church ... what a wonderful pastor you are receiving in Rev. Kenny Baskins and his family from Arab First United Methodist Church, where I attend. They will be an asset to the community and your church.

I was in a coma for five weeks in Nashville with bacterial meningitis, June 2012. When I came home, I thought Kenny had not visited me in the hospital. My husband immediately corrected me, and said Kenny had been there many times. He stayed until 2:30 a.m. until I was out of surgery, and then drove back to Arab.

May 28, 2013, our precious granddaughter, Jaden, died in a car wreck. Kenny was the first person I saw in the emergency waiting room. As we left the hospital that night, we needed medicine for another granddaughter. Kenny took the prescription and said he would get it filled. This was 11:30 p.m., he got it filled and brought it by our house.

July 2013, my husband Robson Slater was hospitalized at Crestwood Hospital, in serious condition with a staph infection. Kenny came numerous times. My husband passed away July 28, 2013.

Kenny helped me make arrangements for Rob’s funeral. He was much help to me, and did a wonderful job conducting the funeral.

People have said to me, “If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.” Through all of this, Kenny was there for me and my family.

I wish him, Sherrie and Daniel all of the best. God bless them.


Lucy V. Slater

Union Grove


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