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School article ignored parents
THE DECATUR DAILY:

I am frustrated after reading your biased article entitled "School start issue pits tourism vs. education." In the article you referenced Craig Ford, Zeb Little, Susan Salter, tourism and education officials. What about the parents and the children?

Hundreds of parents are coming together in favor of this piece of legislation. Why? We want our summers back with our children — one issue of this debate that your paper did not include.

Next time you write the article, contact a parent of a child presently in school following the school calendar. Let's talk about to the people that this issue directly affects.

Laura Sink

Birmingham

Golf rules need more flexibility
THE DECATUR DAILY:

My golfing foursome recently discussed Paul Huggins' Feb. 19 article about the pending lawsuit with Indian Hills vs. Point Mallard. As long-time hackers, we find many things that make small, private courses better places to play than Point Mallard.

At Point Mallard, you have to wear shirts and shoes. A person should be allowed to play barefooted, or in work boots if he chooses.

At Point Mallard, they limit us to four in a group. Anyone who has spent an afternoon behind a seven-some of codgers knows the warm feeling you get in your heart for them and course management during a relaxing six-hour round.

Further, Point Mallard makes everyone have their own set of clubs. Private courses make golf more affordable for the masses. Six people playing out of the same two bags of clubs shows someone has a kind heart.

Point Mallard has unnatural obstacles — like "ground under repair" areas. I get a brogue at Indian Hills. Golf was originally played in Scotland by sheepherders on all-natural terrain, in pastures: potholes and over-grazed, grassless areas were part of the game.

I like nature; Point Mallard should add their own packs of wild dingo-looking dogs.

Ricky C. Thomason

Decatur

Perfumed air is unpleasant
THE DECATUR DAILY:

I wish offices open to the public would do without candles, potpourri and air fresheners. Doctors' waiting rooms are especially hard on me. I am already sick and it makes me feel worse to have to smell these things.

Being in crowded spaces such as churches, ball games, etc., and smelling strong perfumes and after shave can be irritating to me and to others like me who are sensitive to these smells.

Thank you to all who have banned smoking in public places, as I have to avoid that, too.

Clara Boyer

Hartselle

Reporter good at storytelling
THE DECATUR DAILY:

I enjoyed reading Ronnie Thomas' feature article of Feb. 23 describing the attack at Iwo Jima and the local man who brought back the Japanese flag from this battle. I have great respect for members of the "Greatest Generation" who represented our country so well during that conflict.

Ronnie has a unique talent for finding the heart and soul of local celebrities and telling their stories in such an interesting manner. I read THE DECATUR DAILY online on a regular basis and human-interest stories such as this one transcend geographical boundaries within this country. Keep up the outstanding effort, Ronnie. I enjoy your work very much.

Mike McMackin

Tuscumbia

Flu-shot study results invalid
THE DECATUR DAILY:

Re: The National Institutes of Health claim that a new study, based on more than three decades of U.S. data, suggests that flu shots have not saved any lives.

Why was this claim ever publicized by the media? To do so was totally irresponsible and apparently nothing more than an attempt to "make news." Where is the proof of such a claim? Was the report not reviewed in its entirety by the media before making such false claims (reminiscent of, but worse than, Dan Rather's false George Bush military record claim)?

The study, published Feb. 14 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looks at data from the whole U.S. population over time; however, it was also reported that it did not directly compare vaccinated versus unvaccinated. The absence of this comparison totally invalidates any conclusions concerning the effect of flu shots.

James L. Nix

Hartselle

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