The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

July 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor 7/1/12



Ralph Diggins


Making a choice

Dear Editor:

We are about to enter the municipal election season. City District 5 will have an open seat this year that 23-year District 5 resident and former police chief (Wayne) Harper has decided to pursue.

A few months ago the mayor, personally, told me that (former) chief Harper would be the best candidate for the position. Harper also spoke to the mayor several weeks ago regarding his running for the District 5 City Council seat.

Now we have Brian Terry also running for the same seat. Mr. Terry is a teacher at the Limestone Tech Center.

In 2004, the night Mr. Terry lost his re-election bid for his city council seat, he couldn’t immediately be found to fulfill his obligation, as City Council president, to sign off on the election results. This is not the conduct expected of a responsible public official.

Retired chief Harper has the administrative experience necessary to be an excellent City Council candidate. He also knows the city, its problems, and its citizens, very well after almost a quarter century as our police chief.  District 5 has had some problems from potholes, which their residents have called me to help get them repaired, which I did, to graffiti on businesses, and needs someone that has worked closely with the mayor, City Council, and other city department heads to try to resolve some of their problems. 

Chief Harper would be an outstanding member of the city council and representative of District 5.

We need retired Chief Harper elected to District 5’s City Council seat to help lead this city forward in 21st century. He has what is needed both in District 5 and our city.


Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


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