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Commissioner should move into his district


In my best judgement, Commissioner Stacy George is a self-appointed investigator for all the departments and officials in Decatur and Morgan County. It appears that he loves a fight and would be willing to take either side.

Some of his free time might be better spent moving himself and his new wife in the district that he represents. Owning a mobile home with a county truck parked at it is a far cry from living in the district.

Jackie Burney


To bring soldiers home is to knife them in back


I cannot begin to express my dismay, disgust and downright horror over the comments made by Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., two weeks ago. Why not just paint a big ol' bullseye on the backs of our troops in Iraq? Parents and spouses, do you not see the knife hilt sticking out of your loved ones' backs? I do.

Is this what the Democratic Party has come to? The "cut & run" party? The "surrender" party? I guess with the likes of Hanoi Johns (Murtha & Kerry), Ted, Harry, Hillary, Bill and Nancy, who needs terrorists?

I personally am tired of biting my tongue. I am also furious that the mainstream media reports all this vitriole (THE DECATUR DAILY included). Let's hear about the good our soldiers are doing over there (and they are doing good), and put it on the front page.

My son-in-law is in the U.S. Air Force, and my niece is in the Navy, and I could not be more proud of them. I've always been patriotic (I still cry when our national anthem is played), so to realize that some in this country would climb over the dead soldiers to score points off our president is the lowest of the low.

I urge everyone with a loved one in the military to quit taking it on the chin. Speak out, and up. Fight back. Otherwise, they will win.

Pamela H. Milligan


Democrats' hatred tearing nation apart


In my 79 years, I've never seen the lack of truth being told. I've watched the Democrats with their deception, lies and the very spirit of hatred that I've never seen before and it all boils down to the hatred of George W. Bush.

They have, in everything they do, never forgotten how they lost the election. They are taking the situation in Iraq to bring conflict to the country, in trying to bring opposition to the war, when if they had sense enough to see past the ends of their noses, they would have to see that we are in a fight for our very future as a nation. I thank God that we have a president who can see what is going on, but Ted Kennedy and others could care less. All they want is to turn the nation against Bush — that is all that matters.

What their ranting and raving in their sound bites are doing to the morale of our military when they are giving their lives to protect our country (so far, I haven't heard of one demonstration in Russia) while others are paying their great sacrifice, and these men and women in Washington are so obsessed with their hatred of the president that their only intention is destroying this good man; nothing else matters.

Like I said previously, I've never seen the hatred that is being demonstrated on a daily basis that the Democrats are guilty of, and the nation is the loser in it.

Carlos L. Cook


Proposed monument not a political issue


Lawrence County can be proud of a memorial to its war dead.

For discussion on the proposed monument we should know the inscription. The front will read: "Dedicated to the men of Lawrence County, Alabama, from all walks of life, who left kith and kin, hearth and home, and lost their lives in military service to the Confederate States of America during the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865. The citizens of Lawrence County raised at least one company for each of the following regiments: (13 regiments are listed). Erected by the Alabama Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Lt. J. K. McBride Camp 241 through private donations."

The back reads: "Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all and died." "Inscription on the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia."

This is a memorial for Lawrence County war dead, nothing more. It makes no political statement, has nothing about the causes of the war and no battle flags.

Soldiers of each side swore a sacred oath to defend their respective causes. To honor both on one monument is to flippantly trivialize their respective convictions and the heavy price each soldier paid.

The SCV is honoring its war dead, and is not using the occasion for a social rant as is the media. We welcome a separate, privately funded, monument to Lawrence County Union war dead. Paying for Union monuments is not our responsibility.

Lawrence County Commission's informed and generous decision makes the statement that honoring our war dead in a dignified manner is a duty we regard more highly than petty politics.

Leland G. Free


Special dedication in a special place


Drive by West Morgan Elementary School and see a beautiful new campus. Enter West Morgan Elementary and see a true learning community. Friendly faces welcome you; the atmosphere is set for learning. Teachers are more like a family than a faculty. It is immediately evident that this is a fun, safe place to be — a place where children come first and teachers have been called to teach because they love children.

West Morgan is a special place. My father was the first principal, my mother, the secretary, my sister and I graduated from there. Years later, Donna returned to be the elementary counselor. Her quiet and gentle spirit made her perfect for the job. For six years she touched lives and left a legacy of caring and compassion. Her sudden death nine years ago left a great void in our lives and the lives of her friends and students.

She was recently remembered in a special way — the West Morgan Elementary library was named the Donna Nancarrow Metcalf Library. She would have been overwhelmed and pleased to see so many friends, teachers and former students — students that still remembered Mrs. Metcalf's kindness during their times of crisis. Donna would say that she was blessed to be a part of West Morgan. Those of us who loved Donna were blessed by her positive attitude and smiling heart.

My family wants to thank Earl Leonard, the teachers and staff of West Morgan, and the Morgan County Board of Education for honoring my sister and allowing our family to celebrate Donna's life. While schools are being criticized and teachers attacked, it is good to remember that we are blessed to live in a county that still takes pride in a quality education.

Beth Nancarrow Rabb


CSA could have been a superpower with ethics


I hear so often that we should forget Lincoln's War and move on. But the South is still undergoing reconstruction as it has been for 150 years. Remember the voting rights act that applies only to the South? You probably don't remember the discriminatory freight rates that kept the South's ports idle and resulted in keeping the South in an agrarian economy until Gov. Ellis Arnall of Georgia filed an original suit against 20 railroads in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the freight rates under the anti-trust laws.

The Confederate States of America and the United States would both be superpowers had that Confederate Army prevailed. They were before the war, except now the CSA would be a thriving nation rich in resources with manageable debt load and guided by ethical and Christian principles. The argument that the nation is now stronger could also be applied to the American Revolution.

Allen Johnson


South stood for liberty; North, totalitarianism


Your ignorance of history is rather appalling, and that makes your high moral position pretty ridiculous.

My question to the editorial staff is whether they will go on in arrogant and exceedingly self-righteous ignorance or try to learn something about the "Civil War." You have obviously accepted a propaganda version of that war. No serious student of the war that values truth over shallow and politically correct propaganda believes the Union armies invaded the South to emancipate slaves.

As to the meaning of "Union," you had best think through whether "Union" is a virtue that outweighs liberty, freedom, justice and truth. What values do you hold dear? Does "Union" trump them all? Is a totalitarian "Union" forced at the points of guns and bayonets of any value, or is it a disgrace to human freedom?

Will you remain an arrogant and self-righteous moral disgrace or are you humble enough to learn? Will you seek truth or the shameless comfort of popular error? Space does not allow me to teach you the true history of the "Civil" War in a few paragraphs. I will attach a short reading list that is not tainted with the self-justifying propaganda of Northern apologists that you have evidently so naively ingested.

See, Censored Truths of an Uncivil War, and www.southern

Reading lists are at the end of these articles. In addition, I would recommend a brand new, well-researched and comprehensive book by John J. Dwyer, The War Between the States: America's Uncivil War.

Mike Scruggs

Hendersonville, N.C.

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