Bow hunting should be banned

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to all of you bow hunters out there. I want to share with you the results of one of your actions.

My home is in the Elkmont Rural Village. For several years I have had the pleasure of observing the wildlife here, especially the deer. I put out feed for them and have actually gotten to know many of them individually.

Since this area is a protected wildlife refuge, you can imagine my surprise when I noticed one of the does had an arrow through her shoulder. It went in her left shoulder, where about four inches of the shaft is protruding, and came out a little higher on her right shoulder. She seemed OK, was able to eat and walk without too much difficulty. As the days passed, I have watched her deteriorate. Let me describe to you what your “sport” is doing to this innocent creature.

At the entrance point, the flesh if rotting away, leaving a hole some four or five inches wide. Every time she takes a step, the shaft moves back and forth causing what must be excruciating pain. The arrowhead, just under the skin on her right shoulder, is causing lameness in her right front leg. Each day it becomes more difficult for her to walk on that leg.

I believe she has a fawn somewhere; perhaps that is what keeps her going. But the day will come when she will be unable to get up, and she will lie there and die a slow, horrible death.

Bow hunting is a cruel, unnecessary sport. Why is it still allowed?

Sincerely,

Thelma McGee

Elkmont





Churches imposing ‘morality,’ violating law

Dear Editor:

Recently, as I’m sure all readers are aware, a drive was begun by some local ministers and churches to repeal alcohol sales in the city of Athens. These so-called “men of God” have taken it upon themselves to force their “morality” onto the citizens of Athens, to hinder economic growth and remove a substantial amount of tax revenue from the city’s coffers.

Never mind that current statistics show drunk driving and alcohol-related arrests and accidents in Limestone County are down since alcohol sales began in the city, these self-righteous crusaders say that it’s God’s will that alcohol sales be made illegal once again. I wonder if it’s also God’s will that they violate the law and IRS regulations by becoming involved in political action? According to IRS regulation 501 (c)(3), churches or religious organizations may lose their tax exempt status if they “actively participate or intervene in a political campaign by making oral statements or publishing or distributing written statements on behalf or in opposition.”

It is my opinion, and the opinions of many others in the City of Athens, that these churches and their members have overstepped their bounds by becoming involved in political activity and forcing their beliefs on those outside the church walls. These activities have been appropriately reported to the proper authorities as such.

I’d like to ask them if they feel so strongly about their convictions that they would be willing to forego the benefits of tax-exemption in order to participate unreservedly in the legislative and political process. I seriously doubt if the ministers who are breaking the law by using their pulpits to promote this issue would be willing to give up not only the tax-deductible contributions that pay their salaries but also the personal tax exemptions for members of the clergy.

Maybe if these churches lost a substantial portion of their revenues they could then empathize with the position of the city and of the citizens employed by the restaurants and businesses that serve alcohol if these revenues are lost.

Sincerely,

Jerry Threet

Athens





Alcohol causes fatal wrecks

Dear Editor:

Limestone County has one of the highest rates of fatal highway accidents of any county in Alabama.

Alcohol is involved in a large percentage of these fatal crashes. Keeping alcohol willingly and readily available for the responsible and the irresponsible doesn't seem reasonable to me, if we are interested in saving lives.

One of the businessmen addressing the liquor issue in last Sunday's paper must not truly be interested in keeping business in Limestone County, because his business just took several hundred thousand dollars' worth of yearly business away from local businesses and sent it out of county for his personal benefit without a vote at all.

The tax revenue from alcohol sales has not lived up to what the promises were, and already the city and county officials are feuding over it and discussing how to take part of it away from the schools to which it was promised as a selling point to legalize liquor sales.

I don’t understand how my desire to make alcohol sales illegal works out to my telling persons in Limestone County that they can’t drink any more than legalizing it works out to forcing me to drink. I just don’t liking seeing if on every store shelf wherever I go, with more places popping up every day. Every restaurant has to have it to open its doors it seems. If your food is outstanding enough and your service is excellent, people will flock to your place of business. Wouldn’t you rather be able to say, “I built my business by my skills and efficiency” and not “’cause I serve booze.”

Restaurants in Limestone County have thrived for years without it, why not now?

God’s will is for us to get along with others. We were doing fine until the liquor referendum was thought up by our “go forward” opponents who started wanting to vote on the issue. But now that the ball is in the other court, we are the troublemakers who are being divisive!

“Christian” is a very versatile word, it seems. Hugo Chaves is a Christian president? David Koresh?

Rev. Gooch is in the same category? Is confiscation of property and businesses from innocent persons, and abusing children in the name of religion, and luring people to mass suicide what the writer from last Sunday calls Christian?

For the improvement of Athens stop liquor sales and make Athens a safer and prouder place to live and for our children to be raised and go forward clearheaded and sober.

Sincerely,

Dave Hurst

Athens





Why oppose alcohol sales?

Dear Editor:

Alcohol has been proven to be a highly addictive substance. Drinking alcohol damages the body and causes one to act irresponsibly when under its influence resulting in danger to everyone with whom they come in contact. It causes parents to neglect and mistreat their children in many ways. It is the primary cause of spousal abuse, in addition to the mental and physical harm done to ones self. Yet today it is legal to purchase alcohol in the city of Athens.

The above comments could also be said of “street drugs” and misuse of prescription drugs. But, rightly so, the possession and sale of “street drugs” is illegal and punished through our justice system. Why is this true? It is because we live in a democracy and the majority of our voting citizens disapprove of their use and sale. That is a comforting thought to responsible citizens of our community and country.

The last time alcohol sales were voted on in Athens, the citizens, through a majority vote, made it legal. Why did that happen? The majority of the people voting in that election either drink alcohol themselves or believed that they would profit financially or in some other way from the sales of alcohol. That election was brought about by an adequate number of signed petitions of those wanting the sale of alcohol in Athens. A petition is currently being circulated by us that oppose alcohol sales to revisit this issue through another election. This is also permitted as a part of our democratic heritage. The winner of the elective process prevails until such time the issue is again challenged.

We that oppose the sale of alcohol sincerely believe that, from a practical point of view, the citizens of Athens are better served by the absence of alcohol sales than from the increased revenue and other debatable benefits. More importantly, many of us believe God’s word that informs us of the sin, iniquity and eternal consequences of alcohol use.

Sincerely,

Homer Pack

Athens





The moral side

Dear Editor:

Well thank the Lord we have enough signatures on the petition to get the wet/dry issue on the ballot in August, pending certification by city officials. It’s good to see many people who are concerned with this moral issue.

Morals need to be a top priority, especially with the church. I’ve heard of many churches in Athens who are involved with signing the petition. We need all the churches in Athens to help in this endeavor. We need to get rid of the ABC store. ABC stands for “All Bad Company” — every bottom of it.

I can remember many years ago when preachers used to preach about the “evils of liquor.” How many do that now? It’s certainly no secret what liquor does to people, so why do preachers refrain from preaching about it? Think about our children growing up and hearing very little about the dangers of liquor. Ministers, you have a big responsibility regarding this. We all do. We should never vote to legalize such a destructive thing as liquor.

I heard one preacher say that churches shouldn’t be involved with the liquor issue. He said it was politics. I don’t know where he got that. It certainly didn’t come from God. You see, God is concerned about morals. God wants us to be sober-minded. It doesn’t take much liquor to put us on the broad way of destruction.

As Christians, we are to please God in what we say and do. Let’s support moral values and get rid of legalized liquor. Remember, a Bible in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other hand will not balance out. Be on God’s side. He’ll help you get rid of the bottle for good. Christians need to do every thing they can to discourage drinking liquor. I believe Jesus would vote no on legalized liquor, don’t you? Be honest about it. Liquor destroys internally, externally and eternally.

Marvin Whitt

Athens



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