The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

December 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor 12/1/13


In the meantime, I’d like to encourage our local businesses, churches, individuals and organizations that care about this traditional family event to help find a way to continue it.

While Mr. Menefee may be a Grinch who was born with a heart (and a tree) three sizes too small, perhaps there is enough support in our community for someone else to save this tradition and be the Rudolph that lights the way.



Ricky Hamm



DA's public criticism of judge wrong

Dear Editor:

Is it wise and helpful for the district attorney to attack the decision of the chief circuit judge in a public forum? Livid, irate and furious were the headlines after our chief circuit judge handed down a sentence the District Attorney’s Office disagreed with, after publicly stating the judge was not following the law and was wrong on the punishment imposed .

The district attorney went further by filing a writ of mandamus against the judge, which is nothing less than a demand the judge complies with his opinion of the sentence.

To be enforced, the district attorney must be able to show that he or she has a legal right to compel the respondent to do what they demand.

So, our district attorney thinks he has the authority in law to demand a circuit judge comply with his demands. I would ask the public to consider the consequence if a district attorney barks orders at a judge.   

Disagreement with the sentencing imposed by judges must be handled in a responsible professional manner. I ask, were the district attorney's actions helpful to the judicial process?

I think not, in this attack, the credibility of the system has been dealt a serious and unnecessary blow.


Rex Davis




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