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Steve Stewart

Burglars may be watching you go out

A Caddo woman went out for a burger with her sister. She returned home to find that a thief had taken her jewelry drawer, according to Barkley Lentz, Lawrence County's District 5 commissioner.

Clyde Stancil says this problem is no longer uncommon in East Lawrence, where new development is constant and burglars are becoming bolder.

Barkley said six or seven incidents occurred in Caddo within a few days. Burglars come while homeowners are away.

"They watch you for weeks," Barkley said. "We've got to do something about this."

Somebody translate

While watching the Senate hearings on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, a local resident called to complain about all the big words that officials are using.

"What does congruency mean?" the caller asked Scott Morris.

She suggested that THE DAILY publish a glossary of terms so readers can understand what Alito and senators are saying.

Maybe she has a point.

The multi-syllable terms used Tuesday and Wednesday included inexorable command, deference, precedent, appellate, nonresponsive and contentious.

Protect yourself

Months ago, a Decatur woman told a bank's telephone solicitor that she'd accept its offer of a new credit card. The bank mailed her the card, but she changed her mind and cut it up.

Days ago, the bank called again and told her somebody had charged $500 worth of New York purchases on that same account.

The bank didn't make her pay the fraudulent charges, but she wants other DAILY readers to know the lesson she learned: Cutting up the card is not enough.

"You can't just do that," she said. "You have to call them, or you have to write a letter."

Errant e-mail

"To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer." That's 1978 wisdom from the Farmers' Almanac.

A University of Alabama student from Decatur received an alarming e-mail. It implied that he had failed a class or two in the fall and said he'd have to change his spring-semester schedule.

It didn't ring true. The e-mail said to call the College of Commerce and Business Administration with any questions.

He has no connection with that college.

He phoned the business college and told the woman who answered that he had a question about an e-mail.

She needed no further explanation.

"Unless you're a business major, you can disregard it," she said. "It went out campuswide."

Send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here.

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