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To overcome negatives, focus on positives


Commodore Something for Nothing — wait that wasn't his name ....

I was home for Father's Day, and a friend called to tell me about this big sign on an overgrown vacant lot on Wilson Street that reads, "Future Home of Nothing thanks to The City of Decatur." We laughed; that's funny.

Future home of nothing — is that really so bad? What something should be on that lot? Would citizens support and/or utilize it? I started to think: What would Stephen Decatur do to make his citizens happy? I think he would call Miss Kate first, you know, for a loan. Then I think he would use his military prowess to generate a strategic plan; he would really sit down and analyze all of what D-Rock needs with his advisory council.

During this rightful lengthy process, the commodore would inform his citizens to stop worrying about quantity and start focusing on quality. Every little bit helps. For example, mowing that overgrown eyesore on Wilson Street and edging neatly around that sign would turn that nothing into a nice green lot, which to most is something.

I know, "I pay taxes so Decatur owes me. Give me more. I want, I want, I want." That attitude may feel good, but it results only in a vacant lot on Wilson Street. If we make it personal and elect good candidates to lead our city into the future, then I feel certain that good ol' Stephen and Miss Kate would sure be proud, and Decatur, like a bottle of red wine, will only get better with age.

Also, thank you Decatur, for the great new additions to Delano Park. Anyone who hasn't been by to see the place is really missing something, because nothing isn't there. (Double negative intended.)

Brandon Thompson


Disappointed with cable lineup change


I am writing about our local cable company, Charter, taking WBRC Channel 6 in Birmingham off our cable system here in Decatur.

I grew up with WBRC 6 listening to Bill Bolan, Tom York and Pat Gray do the news. WBRC 6 was also home for the Country Boy Eddie Show for 37 years. A lot of people grew up around here watching the Country Boy Eddie Show. It showcased local talent from around Alabama and around the world. This was also where the late Tammy Wynette and Wendy Holcombe got their start into country music.

I also found out that our local Charter office here has no phone number to call to complain about this. I did call the corporate office but I was put on hold several times then was disconnected. I am very disappointed in the way Charter does business.

David W. Kelley


Gender bias still impacts millions of women here


Thirty-four years ago, in a few but powerful 37 words, Title IX changed the face of education for girls and women in the United States. I join with the American Association of University Women in marking the anniversary of Title IX.

Too often solely associated with the promotion of equity in athletic participation, Title IX was designed to prohibit discrimination in all areas of education, including admissions, housing and facilities, courses, financial aid, and student health benefits. Today, due in large part to the success of Title IX, women comprise 56 percent of all undergraduates, while the number of female athletes has climbed to more than 2 million, an increase of 875 percent.

While the recognizable success of Title IX can be seen by the improving numbers of women in all levels of academia and across the professions, the battle for true equality continues. Gender bias and unfair gender stereotypes continue to impact women's opportunities; science and engineering are good examples.

These differences have negative effects on the careers and wages of individual women, which in turn undermines the nation's ability to capitalize on the talents and abilities of all citizens to compete in the global marketplace.

Title IX has allowed girls and women to make great strides in the classroom and on the athletic fields, but attempts to undermine the law continue and our work is far from over. As we celebrate its 34th anniversary, now is the time to recommit ourselves to the preservation and enforcement of this critical law that has changed the lives of women and girls.

June Taylor Wilson

AAUW State Program vice president


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