The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 27, 2012

Letters to the Editor 5/27/12

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Why so angry?

Dear Editor:

This is in response to the editorial by Joyce Conner with the heading, “Save us from President Obama.”

Ma’am, I have read a few of your comments geared toward the president of the United States. This is going to be short and sweet. Ma’am, you need to take that anger and generate it toward something positive. You think everything that this president does is control you. If you would take a minute and listen to the total message and not just what you don’t want to hear maybe, just maybe, you can get a clear picture.

Did you have this much anger conjured up when the former president took us to war without United Nations approval? Or when the economy tanked beginning in 08 and steadily started to rebound under the guidance of this administration. I take it either you are wealthy or you just dislike the president based on his ethnic background.

Ma’am, been hearing it since he has been in office, so don’t be shocked or amazed someone brings it up. Yes, Mrs. Conner, we have been blessed in America by the freedoms we have, but don’t think for one minute only a certain sector of this country can make the country better than it is at this point. Don’t have selective memory on what has happened in the past.


Terrence W. Crooks


(The following letter was received after last Sunday’s letters deadline but prior to the vote on Alabama reapportionment. The plan still requires the approval of Gov. Bentley.)

Reward by demoting?

Dear Editor:

So this is how you reward the fastest growing county in Alabama … demote them. If you’ve been reading the stories on Alabama reapportionment, you know the current plan breaks Limestone County into five districts for House of Representative and three districts for state Senate. Many times more is not more. Matter of fact more often less is more!

You would think with Limestone County’s growth record in the state we would be rewarded with our own Senator and two full representatives. But instead Limestone County is being ‘divvied’ out to whichever neighbor wants a part of us.

Let’s call this plan what it really is … the neutering of Limestone County politically in Montgomery.

According to rules of procedure, any … any local legislation must have the 100 percent approval of its legislative members to get out of committee. Can you see Limestone County getting anything out of committee now that Madison, Huntsville, Decatur, or even Florence opposes? 

So call it what you will, this proposed reapportionment plan effectively takes away Limestone County’s ability to get things done that favor Limestone County. Well, that is unless it also favors Huntsville, Decatur, Madison, and maybe Florence. How ridiculous.

In essence this is what Madison and Morgan representatives have been working on since 1980 when the I-565 corridor was taking effect and it was open war on Limestone County with an out-of-county all-out land grab on city limits.

Limestone County’s current senator, Bill Holtzclaw, is on the committee that has been doing this reapportionment. Where has he been in ‘steering’ this campaign against Limestone County, his own constituents? I have personally written and called him during the process with no response on his part.  Hmmm, could it be the ‘fix’ was already in?

This is a monumental time in our county’s history. We can disagree about many things but one thing we should all unite on: this is not fair to Limestone’s ‘equal representation’ in Montgomery. If you agree, call our current representatives and senators, while you can. Once this reapportionment plan is approved who knows if they will even take your call.


Bill Dunnavant


Obama critic on target

Dear Editor:

I would like to congratulate Joyce Conner on her outstanding letter to the editor in last Sunday’s paper. She was right on target.

In addition to the things she mentioned, Obama has promised to “bankrupt the coal companies,” which provide 40 percent of the nation’s electricity. He has single-handedly stopped the Keystone pipeline and offshore drilling, which would generate thousands of jobs and lower the cost of gasoline. He has wasted billions of dollars on funding wind and solar energy projects that go bankrupt. Not only has he added millions to the welfare rolls, he has also introduced dozens of companies to government handouts.

Now he is proposing new regulations to keep private companies from losing their own money. Apparently it is okay to waste taxpayer money. Now, companies (that donate to the Obama campaign) are rewarded by a bailout when they fail, while others (who don’t donate to him) are punished for succeeding.

He is doing the same thing with individuals. If you make poor choices and get in financial trouble, Obama will give you money. If you work hard and make money, Obama will call you greedy and ask you to “pay your fair share.” He forgets that the “greedy” people are the ones who would create jobs if they were not afraid of Obama’s policies.

Maybe the worst thing he has done is trying to divide the country into groups that are at war with each other. He is supposed to be the president of all the people, not just minorities, union members, the “poor,” women or gays. Mr. President, please stop dividing us by race, class, gender and sexual orientation.


Bruce Wilson


Can’t afford Democrats

Dear Editor:

Obama keeps talking about “redistributing the wealth.” Most of the nation’s citizenry are not wealthy. Obama is really saying that he wants to redistribute what’s left of the working taxpayer’s earnings to those who don’t want to work.  He is not only liberal, but socialistic.

We have second and third generation career welfare families. The Huntsville Times recently wrote an article about a grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter, that all went into public housing at age 15, with their first illegitimate child, and remain in public housing to this day. Computerized public birth and welfare records can determine these career welfare recipients. After two consecutive generations of freeloaders, we should refuse further welfare to those next families and require completion of public schooling (diploma). No more working citizens paying the freight for those unwilling to get an education and earn an income.

Success can be achieved, by anyone, by taking advantage of opportunity.  Education is an opportunity that can be the basis for success. We provide a public education if you are willing to put forth the effort to attend and pass the courses to achieve a diploma.  Additional schooling is available through scholarships, $5,900 annual Pell grants for low-income students, student loans, and the old standby of working while attending any advanced schooling. It’s all possible if a person is willing to put forth the effort.  Why should hardworking citizens, including single mothers not on welfare, work two and three jobs to provide for their families while others sit in front of the TV and wait for the taxpayers’ check and benefits to pay their way?

We can’t afford any more of the liberal, socialistic, policies of the Obama Democrats.  They’re bankrupting our nation and destroying hardworking families. Our military veterans did not volunteer to serve, sacrifice, and possibly die, to preserve the socialist philosophies of the United Nations and Marx and Lenin. I didn’t!  Defeat Obamaism and its adherents.

This Memorial Day celebrates the memory of our war dead.  Don’t let their efforts have been in vain.


Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


Shelter appreciates help

Dear Editor:

There are no words to adequately express how much, we, at Athens Limestone Emergency Food and Shelter (ALFS) appreciate the tremendous support we continue to receive from our Limestone County friends and neighbors. Thanks to each and every one of you, this year’s Postal Workers Food Drive was a HUGE success. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue to serve those in need in our community.

We are especially grateful to our city and county mail carriers for taking their time to pick up this food. If it were not for your help, we would not be able to provide this much needed food. We appreciate your continued support. As our client base continues to grow (we have already assisted over 1,000 families this year) your thoughtfulness and support is deeply appreciated.

We also want to thank Walmart for their support. Our local store makes it possible to give our clients frozen foods, eggs and other foods that were otherwise unavailable to us.

Again this year, Dollar General has helped us with their food drive. We are so fortunate to have all this support and caring from our local businesses. We are very appreciative for every one of you.

I also want to thank our volunteers. You are the lifeblood of this organization. Without you, we could not exist.

Lastly, I thank our clients. Without you, all this would be meaningless. We are grateful to be able to serve you.


Laura Aldridge, director