The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/11/12



Kelly Range


KALB commission member

Thanks for accuracy

Dear Editor:

I would like to express my deepest appreciation to reporter Lora Scripps for the professionalism she exhibited in the interview and writing of the article regarding the SPRINT blood pressure study. The article was written with great precision and accuracy. Lora’s assistance in reporting this information will benefit the recruitment of participants to this very valuable study. 

We have received calls from members of our community as a result of the article. The outcome of this study will likely influence our health care system in a way that has not occurred in many years. 

Our goal is to represent our community in the outcome of the SPRINT study. With the assistance of people like Lora Scripps we are confident that we will be successful in our goals.

With regards and appreciation,


Dr. Nauman Qureshi


Finding true conservative

Dear Editor:

There's been a lot of bragging recently about the “conservative” nature of Republican Party presidential candidates.  How can a person effectively determine if a real conservative is in the running? 

In my viewpoint, if you want to find a true conservative candidate, look for philosophies that reflect the closest allegiance to the Constitution. Consider the controversial subjects against which the candidates need to be compared, and judge for yourself which has the best record of adherence to constitutional values. Add up the results, and if there is a candidate who scores higher than the others, cast your “conservative” vote accordingly. 

Probably none of the candidates will fit your ideal expectations, but a comparison based on constitutional merit should single out the most constitutionally conservative person.  It is also good to bear in mind that we have been living in a society that has not been very loyal to constitutional values in recent times, so you may have to dig deep to find the right answers.

Where the Constitution limits the federal government to distinct duties, consider present day big government policies on spending and regulations:

Consider mandatory health care and other socialist programs. Consider Executive Orders being used as “laws.” Consider support for congressionally undeclared wars. Consider the rights of the unborn vs. “abortion rights.” Consider that the Federal Reserve basically rules the country's economy, but is a consortium of private bankers rather than an entity of our federal government, and that only the House has been charged with the authority “to coin money, (and) regulate the value thereof.” Consider that the federal government has no constitutional authority for any controls for programs dealing with drugs, the Internet, prostitution, murder, abortion, cellphones, marriage, homosexuality, seat belts, baseball, light bulbs … .

Consider that the federal government does have authority and responsibility to control immigration levels. Consider that “Congress shall have power to ... provide for the common defense ...” but is silent about offense activity.

It's tough to evaluate the candidates, but all four of these men have public records. Don't listen to other interpretations, but dig deep to find the real truth.  In the primary, vote for the one who best supports your “conservative” values, not for whom you think has the best chance to win.  Don't fall for the line that “he can't win,” or else your values will never be heard from again. 

Let's turn America back toward conservative constitutional roots.

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