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Letters to the Editor

May 27, 2012

Letters to the Editor 5/27/12

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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.

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