The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 2, 2014

Letters to the Editor 2/2/14

The News Courier

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 200 words and include name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing.  Writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send letters to P.O. Box 670, Athens AL 35613 or email to

‘Obamacare’ a reality we must live with

Dear Editor:

The Affordable Care Act — “Obama Care” — is a reality that we are going to live with during the remainder of President Obama’s term. By that time, the damage that the act is having on the economy and its people will have been done.

The president has made it clear that he would veto any repeal of the Affordable Care Act if it comes to his desk.

It is unlikely that we could ever get the two-thirds vote required in both houses of Congress in order to override the veto.

Doesn’t it sound reasonable that, given where we are, the Congress should we working together in a bipartisan manner to mitigate any additional damage that the Affordable Care Act is going to have on our economy and its citizens?


Jerry Hill


Editor’s Note: Jerry Hill is a Republican candidate for the Fifth Congressional District.

Special thank you to Athens Utilities

Dear Editor:

A very special “thank you” goes to Ms. Amy Golden and Athens Utilities for help above and beyond what they had to do.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, when temperatures were to dip into the single digits overnight, Amy jumped into action to help without hesitation. I contacted Amy after 4 p.m. and she immediately sought help from the power crew to turn power on for a family in need. She could have easily told me, “It will be tomorrow before we can get to it.” That could have been tragic.

We are all so blessed to live in a community of hard-working, caring individuals in our city. Again, I offer my sincere thanks to Amy for her help in this matter and my thanks to Athens Utilities for all their hard work regardless of the weather conditions.


Annette Lewis Wales