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Stay with dog's story until his abuser is caught

I applaud THE DECATUR DAILY for reporting the story of the savage mistreatment of "Lucky." Your story made my blood boil (as I'm sure it did thousands of other civilized people), knowing that there are such savages living among us.

I urge THE DAILY to continue to stay on this story until the thugs are caught and I urge the citizens of Decatur and Morgan County to up the ante on the reward to make sure he will be caught. An appropriate punishment would be to duct tape the offender's mouth, toss him into a trash bin and leave him for good.

He obviously has no respect for life and would likely kill a person as soon as he would an innocent animal.

Bob Lowry


Lucky's abuser deserves fate similar to dog's

I read with horror and nausea the story of the dog found mangled, bound with duct tape and discarded in a Dumpster after apparently being a victim in the cruel dog-fighting world. This should be a reminder to all that not only are the dogs that are fighting being abused, but also other defenseless dogs are abused by being used as "bait" dogs. Some of these are large-breed dogs stolen from their homes and some may have been strays (a euphemism often used for abandoned or neglected dogs, since few actually stray from even marginal homes). Every dog involved, whether a fighter or "bait," suffers horribly. Law enforcement should do all they can to track down and prosecute everyone involved in this activity.

I'm delighted to see that the reward money has grown and that "Lucky" is improving. I hope he finds a wonderful home soon. As for the person who did this to him, I hope he is apprehended quickly. His arms and legs should be duct taped together and he should be thrown to the dogs in the pit. (Well, one can dream.)

Laurie Massey

Pell City

Domestic violence tragic, requires immediate change

I'm always saddened to hear of tragic stories involving domestic violence. The story of how Lisa Michelle Sullivan died gives me chills, even though stories like hers have become almost a common thing.

Nearly 20 years ago, I had to leave a man that I had been with for only 4 years. Occasionally in our relationship, he'd accuse me of cheating on him, although I never did. He never believed me when I'd tell him I was faithful to him.

To make a long story short, I left the man after the first beating I suffered at his hands. The night he beat me up, I thought I would not survive, but he became so exhausted from beating me with his fists, he had to stop. I thank God that I have been free from this man since the summer of 1986, and I'm glad to say he never stalked me afterwards.

If you are in an abusive relationship, get out as quickly as possible. And if you are the abuser, you also need to seek some help!

Becky Terry

Town Creek

Inmates should not work close to schools

As an actual resident of Hartselle who has witnessed the use of inmate labor in my neighborhood, I find the comments made by Kay Lee of Atlanta, Ga., to be disturbing and socially irresponsible. In early December, I accompanied my son's second grade class on a walking field trip to a local shopping center. We were forced to walk within 20 feet of work release inmates as they were being "rehabilitated" on Williams Street, two blocks from Crestline School. Although the inmates waved and smiled, as did their lone, armed supervisor, it was a very uncomfortable experience for everyone involved. I understand that these workers are deemed non-violent, but they are incarcerated for a reason. Am I supposed to believe that someone who is imprisoned for failure to support his own child would actually value the life of my child in an escape attempt? I doubt it. I don't take my children to the jail to play in the presence of criminals. Likewise, I don't want my children playing in their presence near my home.

Like Mrs. Ekema and many other Hartselle citizens, I immediately complained to Mayor Dwight Tankersley, to no avail. My e-mails and telephone calls were never answered. Contrary to Ms. Lee's assertions, I understand the economic, social, and psychological implications of allowing inmates to work. Why does that work have to be performed in residential areas and near schools? Neither Ms. Lee's vague, bleeding-heart rhetoric, nor Mayor Tankersley's complacency have adequately answered that question for the residents of Hartselle. Our fears are no more unfounded than the blind trust that Ms. Lee and Mayor Tankersley place in these prisoners.

Perhaps both should invite a group of inmates into their homes and neighborhoods to play with their grandchildren before they defend this reprehensible practice any further.

Pamela A. Ramey


Legislators waste our time dealing with moot issues

As I read the article about the state House compromise on deadly force, I kept asking myself, "Why?" Do our lawmakers not know that federal law supersedes state law?

Federal law already defines the use and scope of the use of deadly force. How many people are aware the Code of Alabama still says that it is legal to shoot a fleeing felon in the back? But federal laws settled that issue a long time ago. (You can't.) Care to guess which law prevails in every law enforcement agency in this state? It is the federal version. Why? Because federal law supersedes state law.

The only answer to this waste of time by our politicians is that they find it more important to kick around deeply emotional issues that were settled a long time ago in order to enhance their political popularity with the home folks than to do something constructive and look at the wide open area of laws that handle child support, substance abuse reform and ways to reduce the jail populations. I don't mean a program for this and a program for that. There are other alternatives, such as making more misdemeanors a citation rather than a full-custody arrest. It is ridiculous to always arrest a person for an open container; have the option to write them a ticket. We do have the right to protect our lives and the lives of others. This is a critical right to have. It doesn't matter where you are, at home or walking down the street, we have the right to defend human life, already. So why the debate over details that only a judge or jury can consider on an individual basis?

So please debate something worthwhile to the citizens and not non-issues which are for political gain.

David Childers


Evans' views not in Baptist mainstream

I am continually amazed by how far THE DAILY will go to find editorials to print to push your political agenda. I was on vacation recently and read USA TODAY each day, and believe it or not, they had an editorial for and against each side, to give some perspective.

The editorial most troubling to me recently is by the Rev. James Evans, who professes to be a Baptist minister. It is hard to believe that his writings would be considered mainstream within the Baptist community. He is obviously just a hireling and is in the liberal media because what he writes is consistent with your agenda, and you believe that the "minister" title gives him some credibility.

My biggest problem is that, for the last two weeks, you have put his political propaganda in the "religion" section of the paper. The Feb. 25 article attacked the Republican Party for being against gay marriage and abortion. He conveniently left out the term sodomy. This so-called Baptist minister fails to mention that the Bible condemns these behaviors. In fact, toward the end of the article, he summarizes what every single editorial he writes is about: more funding of public schools, state funded universal healthcare and raising taxes to pay for it. He mentions the state constitution, but we all know that is just a scheme to help get the others done. Our state government seems to be functioning very well with what he calls a grossly ineffective constitution.

Now that we know what he will write every week, is it really necessary to continue printing his articles? At least, you could have the good taste to put them in the political section where they belong.

James Kifer


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