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Letters to the Editor

October 28, 2012

Letters to the Editor 10/28/12

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.

Keep Lou C’s open

Dear Editor:

I heard recently that Lou C’s Boutique was going to close. I talked with Lou Covington and she is hoping someone would be able to pick up what she started.

Athens needs this boutique so that we who are survivors have a nice, peaceful place to obtain personal attention and a helping hand and to acquire wigs, bras and much more. The atmosphere is soothing, hopeful and full of love and understanding.

I know this from experience. I am a survivor of three cancers. My first experience of receiving a bra was not the same as I received at Lou C’s. It was in a back room at a pharmacy, lined with boxes and no mirror.

At Lou C’s you were greeted with a smile, taken to a well-lit and homey room, with a dresser and mirror. You were fitted and given choices of what you’d like.

I’m sure there are many that wouldn’t be able and venture to Huntsville to receive this treatment.

Sincerely,

Anita Smith

Athens

Officials show arrogance

Dear Editor:

I am still astounded by the arrogance and lack of judgment by our current City Council and mayor with the exception of Mr. Hickman, by their actions at last Monday’s City Council meeting. These people had the audacity to railroad an additional 1 percent sales tax increase on the citizens of Athens and Limestone County without even an opportunity for the citizens to be included in this process.

This should have been discussed with the citizens of Athens and Limestone County in open forum meetings to inform everyone of the problems and go over the many ways that additional revenue could have been generated, such as increasing the hotel taxes, raising the millage rates for property taxes, etc. At the end of that process, the newly elected City Council members would have been in office instead of forcing this through with the lame duck members.

The municipal elections were held approximately two months ago without any mention by any candidate of any shortcomings in the finances of our town. Two weeks ago, we first hear of any mention of these problems and that the only way to correct these is by a sales tax increase. I have yet to hear any mention by the mayor and council of any other ways to generate revenue other than a sales tax increase.

It seems to me that our elected officials have forgotten how they were put into office and whom they are representing. From what I have seen in the last two council meetings, our elected officials have decided that the citizens are stupid and have no clue as to what needs to be done, but that they have all the answers for everything.

It is my hope that the three newly elected City Council members will take this issue on and try to get this increase rescinded until other avenues can be explored and all the information shared with the citizens. All citizens of Athens and Limestone County need to contact all members of the current and new City Council and mayor to demand that they be heard.

This is still a country that is for the people, by the people and governed by the people not by a few individuals who have forgotten whom they represent.

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