The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

October 14, 2012

Letters to the Editor 10/14/12

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

Party or the individual

Dear Editor:

I submit the two-party system remains essential to good government. Political candidates choose the party platform that best reflects their ideas and the method and goals they wish to achieve when elected. I am deeply concerned at the lack of understanding and appreciation of the party system by candidates and voters. Basically, your choice of a political party during the general election becomes a powerful multiplier for your candidates. Working together through the party system they are able to accomplish what you need for the community.

The weeding out and best individual vote is accomplished in the primary election of the party of choice. This is where the best person must be chosen.  Basically, voting a mixed ticket significantly reduces the effectiveness of your vote and your government. Voting for the party with the leadership and ideas you can support is good government.

The evolution of political parties is a fact of American politics. When a political party and leadership no longer express your ideas of government it’s time to send that party a message.


Rex Davis


Give Brooks the boot

Dear Editor:

A recently released study by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Alabama concluded that 48 percent of businesses expect a worsened economic outlook mainly due to sequestration and its impending execution and drastic cuts, which will be felt heavily in government-heavy locales such as North Alabama. 

This is an action for which our shameful Congressman Mo Brooks can be held responsible.

Brooks’ belligerent adherence to strict party lines, regardless of what is good for the world or the country or North Alabama, provides the best example in the nation of a congressman who needs to be replaced.

Many Limestone County residents, including my wife, either work for the government or government-related contractors.

If North Alabama cares about jobs and a multitude of other important topics, they will elect a fresh face to Washington.

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