The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

July 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor 7/1/12

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

Need real farmers market

Dear Editor:

I’d like to respond to the article about the Athens “Farmer’s Market.”

When I moved here four years ago I was very excited to hear that my new town had a farmers market. That lasted as long as it took me to make the 15-minute drive from my house to Green Street.

When I got there all I found was a yard sale in the middle of a lot. What a disappointment. Many people today are trying to eat healthier and many want to support local businesses (which the local Chamber of Commerce and the city leaders are always begging us to do). This can’t happen at the same time in Athens.

If I want to go to an actual farmers market I have to take my business elsewhere (Decatur to be exact). We need a real farmers market here.

I’m all for a good flea market (which this area already has an abundance of) or a day of yard sale hopping. However, those things are not a farmers market and the city is missing a real opportunity to make more money from actual farm vendors, the seniors could make more, and the city could promote area health while supporting local agricultural businesses.

Starting next year make it what it is supposed to be already!


Donna McPherson


Decision based on lie

Dear Editor:

Immigration law, stolen valor and health care … OK what happened and how bad is it? Well, it’s all good, really good, except for the precedence created by the decision.

For me, a Republican activist this was the best decision at the best time, the very nucleus of the 2010 victory was the Obama health care act and illegal immigrants. Chief Justice (John) Roberts has handed the Republican Party the winning issue once again and it could not have come at a better time. Justice Roberts has “awakened the sleeping giant.” Thanks mister chief justice; we needed that.

Now on the ruling, my concern is the fact that this Supreme Court allowed a lie to stand as fact within that court and this court ruled in favor of that lie. When the majority leadership of congress and the president of the United States stand before the people and proclaim the individual mandate is not a tax and the Supreme Court allows their attorney to argue it is a tax, that court has broken the very basic principles of our court system, allowing a lie to stand as fact. Justice cannot exist where the absolute truth is not demanded, especially within the jurisdiction of our Supreme Court. The heart of this decision was based on a lie.

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