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Letters to the Editor

July 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/21/13

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

Alligator dump ‘arrogant’

Dear Editor:

Let us complain about the actions of the Lauderdale Animal Control. From what I’ve been told an alligator was “relocated” to Richter Road in Eastern Lauderdale. It appears the alligator was transported to the very eastern edge of Lauderdale and thrown over the county line into Limestone County.

Who did they contact and what office was it that agreed to this? If the intent was to relocate the alligator to a better habitat, then they failed miserably. They missed the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge by about 20 miles.

The people on the Elk River would have told the officer they didn’t want an alligator within 20 miles of the river because of their own families’ safety. The location of the relocation will not support this alligator and the alligator needs to be found and located properly. This impromptu relocation was ill advised, arrogant and several other adjectives.


Roy M. Smith


A common-sense approach

Dear Editor:

Well, surprise, surprise. The conservation officers didn’t kill him.

It seems that if you’re a protected black bear or a protected bull elk, you get shot by the conservation officers in the name of “public safety.” I’m glad to see that some of them are using some common sense for a change.

Now if the residents on the Elk River cannot get eaten by the gator, all will be fine.


Walt Merritt


In defense of the library

Dear Editor:

First, a disclaimer: I am the husband of the director of the Athens-Limestone Library. I am also a 22-year retired career Army officer who served two tours in Vietnam and the father of two veterans.

As such, I must take issue with Mr. Diggins’ letter on July 14. While he may be proud of the Veterans Museum, it was not necessary to take a swipe at the local library when he said,  “the museum is not a warehouse (or mausoleum) built to store only books and printed material (with questionable attendance).”

Mr. Diggins has an ill-founded opinion. The local library, which is rightfully being expanded, is a vital arena where knowledge is opened up for varying peoples. While his museum sees “5,000-6,000” visitors annually, the library services 6,500 county citizens per month with 11,500 active library cardholders.

If he would take time to step into the library, he will notice that it not only “stores books and printed material,” rather there is an array of information media that is accessible to all. He apparently does not attend any number of exhibits and programs the library sponsors.

Recently, our library was the only library in the state to have the national exhibit on the Statue of Liberty on display. One very hard-working individual, Laura Poe, was just last week awarded the Paralibrarian of the Year award by an international body.

The people of the city and the county are a generous people; it is not necessary to belittle one civic entity for the sake of another.

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