News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion


Level of participation
in Civil War doubted

I read with interest the article concerning the Lawrence County Commission approval of a monument memorializing Confederate Civil War soldiers from Lawrence County.

I would just like to point out that Winston County has a monument in Double Springs that commemorates both Union and Confederate soldiers, so it has been done before.

I also question that Lawrence County had 2,400 men who joined the Confederate army. It would more likely have been no more than 1,390.

This is based on Lawrence County population in 1860 as 7,173 whites, of which approximately 50 percent would be male, of which 38 percent (1,390) would be the military population (age 18-45.) It's unlikely every man would have joined the Confederate army, further reducing the number. (It is known that approximately 70 men from the county joined the 1st Alabama Cavalry U.S.A.)

It appears that 2,400 is almost double what the real number is.

That the SCV wishes to place a monument dedicated to their ancestors, who fought bravely in a cause that they believed right, is laudable, but I would prefer their argument be factual.

Brian Hogan


Red Cross continues assistance to needy

This holiday season, the Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross extends its profound gratitude for the incredible support of the greatest force for compassionate action on Earth: the residents of our community. Because of your generosity, the Morgan-Lawrence Chapter of the American Red Cross has been able to give critical support to those affected by the hurricanes, while still providing help and hope to your neighbors in need here in our community.

As chairman of your local Red Cross, I am extraordinarily grateful to be associated with an organization that makes a difference in our community every day. The residents of our community who support the Red Cross through volunteer time, money or blood share in the special kinship of neighbors helping neighbors, whether they are around the block or across the globe. It is only through your incredible spirit of generosity that the Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross stands ready to assist those in need, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Hurricanes are just part of the story. The Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross is made of up of friends and neighbors responding to community disasters, including house and apartment fires, teaching first aid and CPR classes, collecting lifesaving blood or helping members of the military stay connected. We also help reconnect families separated by crisis and conflict around the world.

The Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter of the American Red Cross offers all these services free of charge — but only thanks to the generous support of people like you. While hurricanes capture the headlines, it is more important than ever to support the Morgan-Lawrence County Chapter so that no one in our community must ever face a disaster alone.

Charles B. Langham

Chapter Chairman


Killers don't belong
on work release

I was glad to read that convicted killers will no longer be eligible for placement in work release centers.

What a dumb idea in the first place.

When will we wise up and start treating criminals like criminals and not like good ole boys or girls that broke the law and got caught. Seems like we've forgotten the meaning of the word punishment.

In my books, a killer deserves no favors, period. The same should apply to racists, in my opinion.

Paul Stroud


Many don't appreciate farming's importance

Give Holly Hollman a pat on the back for a very good story, well written on the Rabys and farming in general. John Godbey's photo should go to NPPA for quarterly clip contest... . Excellent.

Alabama isn't the only place agriculture is getting slammed by suburban sprawl, greedy developers and ignorant city dwellers.

Having just left the great states of "Ioway" and South Dakota, it's happening there, too. City folk moving to the country and having the gall to complain about the odor of animals ... Farm equipment traversing area roads, spilled grain /cotton lint in the berm ... sure beat the trash from McDucks and other fast-food joints, the new country gentry/motorists throw out their windows while speeding down out country roads.

With farmers leaving the land and food costs rising, y'all better stop complaining of the high price of food "with your mouths full."

Dave Adler


Commissioners should do jobs, let sheriff do his

Politician, public servant or self-seeking opportunist ... of all these that we could have elected as sheriff, we are fortunate that we elected a true public servant. Sheriff Greg Bartlett is a public servant.

With a federal mandate to build a new jail or relieve overcrowding, our commission chose to build a Taj Mahal and award its control to our sheriff with an inadequate budget.

One negative thing I can say about our sheriff is that he is frustrated. This frustration could be relieved if the chairman of the County Commission would lead our county commissioners in a professional business manner. Control those of the commission that are self-seeking politicians. The Morgan County Commission should not be a training ground for those self-seeking politicians seeking political state offices. Put an end to the wasted time spent on such petty problems.

If Kevin Murphy is not guilty of a traffic violation, Sheriff Bartlett should tear up the ticket and reprimand in private those that might have bad judgement. Mr. Murphy should accept this and get on with the business of District 3. Mr. Glasscock should find a way to help Stacy George focus on his job as public servant; this is none of Mr. George's business. He thrives on any type of publicity.

What a shame to win a few fights and to lose the battle while the citizens of Morgan County are the real losers for having voted these people to represent them.

Greg Dobbs


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