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Staying home is no way to attend a convention

Priceville residents should cut their town officials a little slack over their expenses to the upcoming Alabama League of Municipalities convention thatís in Huntsville this year.

The mayor, council and other staff members are victims of location. They are too close to the Von Braun Center for reasonable people to think they should put up for three nights in a hotel. Yet, Priceville is too far from the action to be convenient for them to commute.

Thus, the debate over spending part of the $2,400 convention cost for the delegation to put up so close to home. Councilmen Tim Crow and John Oakley are among the ones who see the hotel reservations like camping in your back yard. They voted against the lodging portion of the expenses at last weekís meeting.

As a result, the town is reserving four rooms rather than the usual seven when the meeting is in Birmingham, Montgomery or Mobile.

Mayor Melvin Duran says he needs to be closer than Priceville for the three days in April. Heís running for vice president of the League. So, he needs a base of operations and to be available at all times. Thatís understandable.

But the truth is that having to go home at night to feed the cat and let out the dog makes a convention not nearly as enjoyable.

And, most anyone who attends conventions knows that some of the most important discussions take place after hours.

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