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Security policy should apply to everyone
THE DECATUR DAILY:

When security at a location is established, there is usually a good reason — it's not just for appearance's sake.

The Tennessee Valley Authority and other nuclear sites have such programs in place. All employees and visitors are subject to that search.

If the site vice president leaves the site half a dozen times, when he returns, he is searched half a dozen times. He goes through a metal detector and explosive detector; his carry-on packages and briefcase are all searched, and he is subject to a random pat down (hands-on body search.).

If a state representative comes to visit, he is searched. If a state senator comes to visit, he is searched. If the president of the United States comes, he is searched.

How much trouble can it be for a lawyer, judge or employee to allow himself the 30 to 35 seconds it takes to be searched?

Is it a question of convenience, security or privilege?

If everyone is not subjected to a fair and equal search, then it is discriminatory.

James MacIlveen

Decatur

Appreciates the assistance of police officer
THE DECATUR DAILY:

Many people wince when they think about the long arm of the law.

But on Sept. 25, I certainly was glad to have help from the strong arm of Officer Allison Easterling. When I pushed the garage door-opener button, the mechanism that raises the door broke. I flipped the cord switch to raise the door manually, but it was too heavy for me to lift alone.

My next-door neighbors had already gone to work and I was getting desperate when a police car cruised down the street. I hailed the officer and asked for assistance.

She cheerfully parked her patrol car and helped me lift the door so I could get to work on time. She probably considered her act as part of a day's work. But to me it meant so much more.

Cheryl D. Carpenter

Decatur

Critics should try walking in others' shoes
THE DECATUR DAILY:

Although I can completely appreciate one's opinion to not be happy with the decision to rename a park (or any other landmark for that matter), as a councilman, Ronny Russell does what he believes to be right for the people in our community.

I can't imagine he's going to please everyone with his decisions.

Instead of complaining to the newspaper, these persons should run for office themselves if they could do a better job. Maybe, just maybe, they would feel the pressure I'm sure this gentleman is under.

Furthermore, his need to file personal bankruptcy is none of anyone's business. I am not a relative or friend of his, however I have filed bankruptcy myself in the past and we do what we have to do. Stating that bankruptcy is "legalized stealing" just shows how small-minded some people can be.

Your opinions are just that — your opinions.

Run for office and step up if you can do better.

Terry Bravo

Decatur

No excuse for cruelty to animals
THE DECATUR DAILY:

What a shame. The pony that was dragged behind a flatbed truck had to be put down because the injuries were so severe. I bet the pony never hurt a living soul.

The guy who did this should be severely punished. I would like to think they could tie him to the truck and drag him along Highway 569 like he did the pony. But probably this won't happen. Too bad.

People who mistreat animals are poor excuses for human beings and, when caught, should be punished accordingly.

Charles Rankin

Decatur

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