The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

November 6, 2012

Letters to the Editor 11/4/12



Capt. F.E. “Jack” Morgan (retired)


Save us from Romney

Dear Editor:

This presidential election is one of the most important in centuries, especially to what is left of the “middle class.”

Do you honestly believe Romney cares about the middle class? We are in the 47 percent that he doesn’t count. I can’t imagine the chaos we would be in now if Romney had inherited what Obama did when he took office. And, by the way, the Republicans left the mess.

This election comes down to Romney and his billionaire friends wanting to rule their part of the country and get Obama defeated because he is black. Who cares what color his skin is if he keeps our middle class intact. He kept us from a Depression and saved millions of jobs in the auto industry.

Wake up people. It took two Bushes and eight years to create this mess. We don’t need another Republican who cares only for the rich. We need Obama!


Brenda Behel


Retailers should oppose sales tax increase

Dear Editor:

With the unsupported sales tax increase, Athens officials (I initially used the term Athens leadership but these officials have only demonstrated a lack of true leadership) have shown little concern for the business establishments of the area and its residents.

They took little thought to the fact that a large portion of the county’s residents work in surrounding counties and have the option and convenience of shopping in these counties.

Most of the folks I know live in East Limestone and work in Madison. They can just as easily shop for groceries, appliances, building supplies, etc. on their way home from work as to drive into Athens. Most have shopped in Athens to support their county but may change due to the arrogance of the city officials.

Athens officials seem to be more concerned with what they hope will be a $4.4 million dollar increase in revenue for them to spend. What it will be is a tax increase on the residents of Limestone most cannot afford and what might make a lot of folks shop elsewhere.

Local businesses should take note and should be sharing their opinion with officials. Will this tax increase help sales in Athens or the surrounding counties? Contrary to what Athens officials think, residents of the county have options. They don’t have to pay the tax increase.

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