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December 2, 2013

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Disappointed over county's Christmas tree decision

Dear Editor:

I wanted to write and express my heartfelt disappointment with Limestone County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee and the Limestone County Commission.

I don’t want to talk about politics. I want to talk about a poor decision that has broken a decades-old tradition that families in Limestone County have enjoyed for years.

As a Christian and a parent who loves celebrating Christmas in our community, I’m shocked at the misguided decision Mr. Menefee has made in regard to the county Christmas tree.

A look back through The News Courier will show out-of-control spending on everything from an old Fred’s to courthouse stair to the amount of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yet, when it comes time to celebrate Christmas in Limestone County, Mr. Menefee says that the county simply doesn’t have the $1,800 it would take to bring in a proper tree for display on our Courthouse Square.

Anyone who pays attention to the county’s finances knows this is a stretch, to say the least. If the best option we have to save our county’s finances is by eliminating a time-honored Christmas tradition, then perhaps we need to look at both the decisions that are being made and the people making those decisions.

Instead of asking for donations and creating a sense of community to keep this tradition alive, Mr. Menefee instead planted a small, 6-foot tree that he says will one day grow large enough to serve in its proper role. Maybe my grandchildren will enjoy it.

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