The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

June 22, 2014

Letters to the Editor for 6/22/14

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The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should include a 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


Deal doesn’t make sense

Dear Editor:

Let me get this straight: We are going to tear down the former Athens High School (current Middle School), build a new Athens High School on property behind the massively overbuilt and expensive Athens City School Board administrative building, move the Athens Middle School to the current Athens High School, barter with the city of Athens for the Athens Recreation Center in a swap for land, acquire the current Athens Library for the “gifted program” and put the Athens Recreation program in the current Athens Middle School gym (where it started 45 years ago) all in the name of what? 

An “open park in Athens”? 

Of course all this is based on we, the citizens of Athens, voting a new home/land tax on ourselves … millage not yet determined.

It seems like some of the newer officials in Athens have taken it upon themselves to redo Athens the way some want to redo America. Evidently our city planner hasn’t recognized the city of Athens has numerous pieces of property now that could be utilized for “open parks” instead of tearing down buildings that have plenty of use left in them.

How about this — if we really think we have to have an “open park in the center of Athens,” why not just tear the Courthouse down and really be centralized? How about using the hard-earned money the citizens of Athens donate to the city of Athens in the form of taxation in ways that show you are to be entrusted with it? 

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