The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/11/12

Letters policy

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

Thanks for Chili Challenge success

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the numerous volunteers who so freely gave of their time and their resources to help ensure the success of the 2012 Chili Challenge. 

Thank you to the Hospice staff and board members, Athens High School for the use of their building, the chili challengers, chairpersons, judges, entertainment, sponsors, Athens High School Beta Club, art students at both Athens State University and Athens High School, all of the individuals and businesses who donated to the silent auction, those who donated to the Country Store, and all who bought tickets and attended our fun-filled fundraiser for Hospice of Limestone County on Saturday, Feb. 25. 

Thanks to all of you, the families in our community will continue to reap the benefits of the services that our local nonprofit Hospice provides.  It is a wonderful experience to see so many people in our community work together for such an important cause!


Shane Leopard

Chili Challenge chairperson

Ethical issues concern

Dear Editor:

As a concerned citizen of Limestone County it is my civic duty to inform the voting public of some moral and ethical issues surrounding two Limestone County Republican candidates.

Ronnie Coffman, candidate for license commissioner, and Rex Davis, candidate for District 2 commissioner, have used their positions in the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee for their own personal and financial gain.

The Alabama State Executive Committee has set the qualifying fee for candidates at any amount up to 2 percent of the salary of the position applying for. Granted, the local executive committees have the power to change the qualifying fee, never in the past has this been reduced/changed by the LCREC.

This year Mr. Davis, new LCREC vice chairman, presented a qualifying resolution to Mr. Coffman, new LCREC chairman, to limit the qualifying fee to a maximum of $500, which was then approved and enacted by the LCREC leadership. The two LCREC officers then qualified for positions through the LCREC for the upcoming election.

The License Commissioner salary of $71 898.48 should have resulted in a qualifying fee of $1,438 rather than the $500 Mr. Coffman paid, a saving to Coffman of $938. The $50,969.51 commissioner salary with a 2 percent qualifying fee should have cost Mr. Davis $1, 019 rather than the $500 he paid, putting an extra $519 back into his pocket.

This behavior, coupled with the fact that each candidate holds a recently elected position in the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee while running for public office is ethically and morally wrong. This fee reduction will unfairly and significantly reduce financial assistance available to all Republican candidates in Limestone County as they move into the fall general election.

We need candidates with strong moral and ethical character representing us at all levels. Let us start this process now, by electing highly qualified individuals for public office. Exercise your voice at the polls this March 13.

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