The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 17, 2012

Letters to the Editor 6/17/12

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Fly flag with pride

Dear Editor:

“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   

Dear Editor:

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.


Ralph Diggins


Save our Constitution

Dear Editor:

I want to thank Quentin D. Anderson Sr. for his outstanding letter to the editor last Sunday. He stated perfectly the problem facing our once great nation.

The move to “big government” started with FDR, but this president seems to have a different motive than those before him. The others, while misguided, were “trying to do the right thing.” I believe our current president hates our Constitution and our form of government. I believe he would replace our form of government with socialism, like Cuba, if he could.

The politicians, both state and federal, spend their time worrying over jobs, taxes, the economy, the deficit, our debt, health care and a lot of other things. These things may seem important, but they are not, if we lose our personal freedom.

I hope Mr. Anderson is right about people starting to wake up to this impending disaster. I have little fear that Alabama will vote for Obama. My real fear is the states that might vote for him. Those of you who have friends and family in states like Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Missouri need to start talking to them about voting to save our Constitution and nation.


Bruce Wilson


Thinking about the Creation

Dear Editor:

For quite awhile I have been thinking about creation and evolution. As everyone should know that it is not a scientific fact. I say this because many of the scientists are divided on their beliefs.

One scientist has a creation museum in Rose, Texas. They come up with a big rock, but don’t know where it came from. After this they had the rock explode and don’t say what made it explode. Then they have an exploded rock form all heavenly bodies, also all forms of life from a one-cell amoebas, including monkeys. If we came from monkeys, why do we still have monkeys (although many persons act like monkeys, including myself at times)?

When a rock blows up it keeps going, if it’s in space. Gravity does not have any effect, and where did they get the gravity on some rocks, and none on others? No one has found the “missing link.” Although someone found a tooth, formed some sort of a body from it, and, I believe Darwin claimed it was the missing link.

I believe that I solved the mystery, by referring to my usual source, the Bible. My Bible states that in the beginning God created the heavens and Earth. It also tells just how he formed it. It does not say he created a big, big rock, then blew it up and let everything form itself.

It goes on to say how he created the sun, moon, and stars, plus everything else, including all other living things, all fish, mammals, and animals (including monkeys), plus grass, trees, and oceans, rivers, and mountains, etc.

I believe that after billions of years, playing with dinosaurs and cave men, he said “let us form man in our image.” So, he created Adam and Eve, and everything else. It also has the genealogy of most everyone from Adam and Eve to the birth of Jesus.

If you will get a KN Bible and read Genesis chapter one it will explain just how creation began. Then if you find it interesting, you should continue reading all the way through Revelation, which is very interesting reading, and may save you from hell.


Capt. F.E. “Jack” Morgan