The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

August 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/12/12



Quentin D. Anderson Jr.



Quotas not fair to anyone

Dear Editor:

Is JC Wilson (no relation) saying the city of Athens failed to hire him because of the color of his skin? That is illegal. If he can prove it, he needs to file a complaint with the EEOC.

I retired 20 years ago, but when I managed a high tech division of my company, I heard this complaint all the time. It always came from white males. We had a quota system and I was required to hire and promote based on what race/gender was due up next. If I had a high tech job opening and the next slot had to be filled with a black female, I had to leave it open until I could find someone who qualified. I could have 5 or 6 openings to fill, but they would be blocked until I filled the one for the black female. I don’t know what the practice is now. I hope they have done away with quotas. It is not fair to anyone.

As I understand it, the NAACP wants the city of Athens to have a quota system where minorities would be given special preference. I could be wrong about that, but what else could they want? “Diversity” has become a code word for hiring less qualified minorities over more qualified non-minorities. That just doesn’t seem right to me. I agree with the goal (more minorities hired), but don’t agree with using quotas to make it happen. I do agree it is a problem that should be addressed.


Bruce Wilson



Lions Club grateful for support

Dear Editor:

In spite of two rainouts, the Athens Lions Club had a very successful 2012 Kiddie Carnival. We would like to thank all the kids, parents and grandparents who came out to support the carnival.

Thanks to all volunteers who helped our Lions Club members operate the rides, take up tickets, do bingo and operate our concessions. A special thanks goes to our Lions, their spouses and families for all your hard work. Thanks to the Sub Deb sorority, the Phi Beta sorority and employees of CDPA accounting firm for your support and help with the rides and concessions.

Thanks to The News Courier for providing publicity regarding the Kiddie Carnival. Also, a special thanks to the Athens Police Department for your support.

It is a pleasure for the Athens Lions Club to operate the carnival for the enjoyment of kids and the community. We appreciate all the support by Athens and surrounding communities.


Lee Watkins


Athens Lions Club

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