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Fly flag with pride
“I am the flag of the United States of America. I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia. My 13 stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind. Today 50 stars signal from my union, one for each of the 50 sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known…
“…American, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow. I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.”
These lines taken from Ruth Asperson Rous’ poem, “I am the Flag,” remind me of what our flag represents. “Old Glory” is a worldwide standard for the United States and for the freedoms her citizens possess. June 14 was Flag Day. I hope you flew your flag proudly and took a moment to thank God that you live in the United States of America.
Long may she be free!
Doris Estes, Regent
John Wade Keyes Daughters of the American Revolution
Consider home rule for counties and cities
I watch our locally elected city and county officials, along with their employees finding it almost impossible and having to really struggle to provide certain needed and required services to our citizens and local businesses due to an inability created by the legal necessity to go to Montgomery for prior approval.
This continuing struggle to take action and provide services is a direct result of having to have the entire Alabama state Legislature vote on a piece of legislation for an approval to move forward on requirements at a local level is ridiculous. So many services apply only at the local city or county level, e.g. only Athens or only Limestone County. The locally elected County Commission and or the City Council should have the power be able to make timely decisions and take certain immediate action to move forward without the expense and/or interference from the Alabama state Legislature.
Alabama law requires counties and municipalities to request a piece of legislation to be passed before services can be provided at the local level. This requirement is applied to so many actions, processes, policies and procedures unnecessarily.
Plus to compound the condition, why does a state senator or representative have to (or why should they) vote on requirements that apply only to say Limestone County or the city of Athens. I see all kinds of problems with party politics and conflicts of interest. Plus the outright delays caused by the gridlocked processes of obtaining a vote by the Legislature, and now not to mention the pending impact of redistricting.
Ah, well, I just strayed into a subject area for another day. I agree with the mayor and sheriff on this one.
I truly believe these problems and conditions could be rectified if citizens at the local level along with an association of local county and city governments plus local businesses leaders would approach our elected leaders in Montgomery and ask for some change, as applicable, not everywhere. The logistics of such an effort could be well managed on an electronic basis of communication and video conferencing.