The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor 10/27/13

The News Courier

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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

Thank you for tour

Dear Editor:

More than a few seniors have preconceived ideas relating to long-term care outside the home and or necessary prescribed rehabilitation after say, suffering a stroke, breaking an appendage, or recovery from hip or knee replacement surgery. Such thoughts are not ordinarily of a positive nature.

We do not necessarily consider where we will go for such care until it becomes essential and many do not realize we have a right to choose where to go for quality care. But we do have that right to choose.

Jackie Jackson, community relations and her husband Chaplain Tee Jackson, both on staff at Athens Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Athens, invited our Athens-Limestone Seniors Organization to tour the remodeled, redecorated facility on West Market Street.

The impressive tour experience included seeing all the modern resources offered at the rehabilitation section of the building that are necessary to deal with ailments requiring specialized treatment.

Brightly colored hallway walls, various decorative wall ornaments, a delightful outdoor courtyard, and comfortable sitting rooms offer a cheerful inviting environment.

The long-term residents rooms were independently decorated with each individual’s personal treasures on display. A 24-hour well-trained staff is on hand to meet each resident’s needs and desires.

Should I require such care in the future, knowing there is a place in my hometown where folks are invited in and cared for with love and proficiency is most comforting.

Many thanks to Mrs. Jackie and Chaplain Tee Jackson for offering such an insightful experience to our membership!


Sheila White, president

Athens-Limestone Seniors Organization

Hispanic festival support appreciated

Dear Editor:

I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to all the people and businesses who gave their support to the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Oct. 19.

Particularly to our mayor, Ronnie Marks, and Mrs. Teresa Todd, the director of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association. Without their support this celebration was not going to be possible.

It was a little cold and windy; but, I believe everyone had a great time with the good music, dances and especially the various traditional foods contributed by several Hispanic families from different cultural backgrounds.


Maria A. Taylor

Luis Vargas

Milly Villares


Museum fundraiser a success

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors of the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, I would like to thank all of those who contributed to a very successful show — Korea, The Forgotten War Remembered.  A very special thank you goes out to show producer Jack Greenhaw and his assistants Kay Burlingame and Jackie Jackson; without them this show would never have become a reality. 

We would also like to thank the cast and crew with a special thank you to the Athens High Junior ROTC; we realize the countless hours they spent rehearsing and are grateful that these individuals care enough about our veterans to give up so much of their time.   Additionally, we would like to thank Helen Carter and Emily Sandlin from the Senior Center for their assistance and the use of their facilities.

We also offer a special thank you to Karen Middleton for creating and donating a wonderful period-era painting of the Korean Memorial. We are sure the winner, Dealers Auto Auction, will enjoy it for many years to come. 

And finally, we would like to thank all those who came out to watch and support the Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives.  Thanks to you, the public, this show was a very successful fundraiser. Proceed from the event will be used to fund the future expansion of our Veterans Museum & Archives.


Sandra Thompson, director

Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives

Supports United Nations

Dear Editor:

A new poll out this week has found that nearly 9 in 10 voters believe it's important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the United Nations. I’m one of them.

This new poll show that Americans overwhelmingly support the U.N.’s work, from overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, to building peace in countries emerging from conflict, to improving access to vaccines globally. The findings were released by the Better World Campaign, an organization that works to strengthen the U.S.-U.N. relationship.

The U.N. serves our own national security and foreign policy interests in a big way. By taking an active role in the U.N., U.S. leaders can ensure that American priorities are heard on the world's stage, including advancing democracy, human rights, and emergency humanitarian aid in times of need. These findings should resonate with all of us … especially our elected officials.


Benjamin Richman