News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2005


City roadblocks sent restaurant to Hartselle

I am absolutely appalled at the May 30 article regarding the final location of a new Italian restaurant in Hartselle.

My wife and I frequent the owner's current eatery (Lagniappe's), and have been eagerly anticipating them finding a building to locate the new Italian restaurant (we thoroughly enjoyed their wonderful lasagna they catered for the recent dinner theater about Simp McGee and Miss Kate).

How in the world can the leadership of a seemingly cosmopolitan city like Decatur place so many roadblocks over so many months toward this quest (surely this would not be the case if another fast-food establishment desired to locate here).

Shame on you all!

Lloyd Silva


Campaign promises
remain unfulfilled

It's been almost one year since our new mayor and City Council took office. Each one vowed to get the 9-cent sales tax back to 8 cents, but I guess they must have memory loss. Things haven't gotten any better since they took office. If anything, they're worse. City Council president Billy Jackson has banned public comment at our City Council meetings and it's obvious that the rest of the council must have agreed with Jackson on this matter. Or, is it possible they are afraid of the TV cameras?

We still don't have a civilian police review board, which is much needed here and wouldn't cost the city anything. Now, with "48 Hours" here covering the Daniel Wade Moore trial, what will be next and what will they discover while they're here?

David W. Kelley


Farmers market coupons a win-win idea

Kudos! (or should I say, "Carrots!"), to Sheryl Marsh for bringing it to our attention ("Coupons to buy veggies, fruits at farmers markets"), THE DAILY for printing the announcement and the Morgan County Commission on Aging for distributing coupon booklets to senior citizens to buy fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets! Hallelujah! This is a win-win situation for everyone concerned.

By eating more fruits and veggies our seniors will be healthier, our taxpayers' money will go to celebrate our seniors rather than make them more dependent on debilitating drugs and surgery and our local farmers will benefit by more customers.

If similar customs are not practiced by other commissions on aging throughout the nation, our Morgan County Commission on Aging should be held up as a wonderful example worth emulating.

Gerry Coffey


Church, public buildings have own purposes

From James L. Evans' May 28 column: "But if we blame all of our country's current problems on the failure of the state to acknowledge God, what does that say about the church? After all, isn't the church a 'public acknowledgment of God?' When congregations pray, aren't they engaged in public prayer? When the Bible is read, doesn't that count as Bible reading?

"To put the matter more pointedly, is the church such an inadequate institution that if God is not acknowledged in the courthouse and schoolhouse God is removed from the public sphere?"

Hear, hear! From the time Chief Justice Roy Moore made news with his defiance of federal court rulings regarding display of the Ten Commandments, I've thought that if people who believed in the Ten Commandments would just make monuments of their own lives in honor of them, we wouldn't need them engraved on some rock in a state building.

In fact, Judge Moore would stand a better chance of winning my respect if he planted a monument engraved with the words "Roy Moore for Governor," in the state courthouse.

Paul C. Elmore


Possible solution to sex-offender problem?

About all this stress and fear concerning the ever-present sexual predator: Why not, upon conviction, automatically have him neutered?

How about the readers immediately writing their local congressional representatives?

Won't that get to the source of the problem?

Sarah C. Dutton


Let justice be served, even 50 years later

Although the FBI is almost 50 years late, I welcome the federal government re-opening the murder case of Emmett Till, the teenager from Chicago, who was brutally murdered in Money, Miss., for whistling at a white woman in 1955. The investigation will stir up mixed emotions. On one hand, fear comes to those participants whose "sin will find them out." On the other hand, there may be hope for Till's surviving family members who want "truth to set them free."

It was the hostile and racial tension of that period from politicians that created the climate for the miscarriage of justice. I believe it is high time for the perpetrators of Till's death who are still alive with their mental faculties — almost 50 years — to be brought to justice. It also stands to reason that the participants who supported and acquitted the two murderers owe a debt of confession and repentance to society.

I recalled that John C. Whitten, one of the defense attorneys for the two accused, offered an apology on National Public Radio Soundport in 1994 by saying, "I'm not proud of it (the trial). I wished I had never been associated with it." It was Whitten who told the jury, "Your fathers will turn over in their graves if they (the defendants) are found guilty."

Where do we go from here? One thing is clear: Denying the past condition only delays the present restoration. There must be a sound resolve and a genuine commitment toward equality for all people in the administration of justice through citizens' moral uprightness. The past is our monitor, not our monster — unless one has some evil to conceal. Let's not repeat it.

Isaiah J. Ashe


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