The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

August 19, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/19/12

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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

Churches should help center

Dear Editor:

Sarah Chadwell’s plea for help for the Family Resource Center must be answered by our community to keep a needed private non-profit organization alive in Athens-Limestone County.

First Baptist Church of Athens, Friendship Church, Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, First Church Athens, First United Methodist Church, Church of Christ, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Southside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Central Church of Christ, St. Paul Catholic Church…This is but a short list of churches within our community who likely support the Family Resource Center and the many helpful programs that non-profit community support organizations provide. Pastor David Palmer from First Presbyterian Church stood in support of public financing of this successful program and stated how often he as a pastor turned to the Family Resource Center for help.

I made a comment to Jean Cole, reporter for The News Courier, that the decline of our churches is directly related to the growth of government social programs, my theory is people in need turn to government and not the church, and now I see Pastor Palmer turning to the government where the need should be answered by our church community, private individuals and local business and keep government out of these successful private social programs. 

If every church gave $1,000 a year to the Family Resource Center, the rent would be secure. If these fine Community Churches determine the Family Resource Center is not an asset, then the organization should go away. In other words if the churches use the resource, the churches should financially support that resource and that resource should support those churches.

Government money should never be provided to private non-profit groups, however if it is provided long and powerful strings must be attached to assure tax payer money is being properly used.

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