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Trees in median aren’t real problem in Hartselle

To The Daily: I want to protest the plan to cut down the Bradford pear trees in Hartselle along the median of U.S. 31. Your news story indicated a motorist had struck a tree and had hired a lawyer to sue the city. This is just about as silly as paying the lady who spilled her hot coffee and sued McDonald's. She didn’t hit oncoming traffic because the trees blocked her vision. No, she hit an immobile tree.

I understand the state highway construction guidelines dislike trees with diameters larger than four inches in medians. I note this is a guideline, not a law. If it were a law, the state would have to remove the telephone poles in the median south of Beltline Road on U.S. 31. They are larger than the trees in Hartselle. If the trees have to go, so do the poles. We’re in this together, Decatur. Silly lawsuits hurt everyone.

I’m a new resident of Hartselle, but I feel like I’ve moved home. What I would like to see is some common sense; a sense of personal responsibility enforced by the court system would go a long way towards ending such silliness as this. Let this driver force the trees out and next, she’ll sue when she hits a parked car, or the curb, or runs into the ditch, you name it. This isn’t about trees in the median.

Richard Caniglia


Clarifying Evans column: All have sinned, fall short

To The Daily: I am writing in response to the letter from Mr. Craig regarding Dr. James Evans’ column on homosexuality and eating pork. It seems that Mr. Craig missed the point of Dr. Evans’ column. The message is that Christians in general pick and choose among the sins that we condemn. If one reads 1 Corinthians 5:11, Paul addresses the church at Corinth. In this passage he states, “But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.”

The article begins by addressing the North Carolina Baptists at their convention who added a statement about churches that openly affirm a homosexual lifestyle. The convention states that such churches cannot be members of the convention. That is understandable because allowing this states it is all right to live the homosexual lifestyle. However, no church that I know about has ever addressed the issues of greed, adultery, slander, drunkenness or swindling as a condition of membership in an association. If a poll were taken of church members who were truthful about their lifestyles, I am certain that the percentage of people who are guilty of these sins on a regular basis would be much greater than the percentage of those who practice the homosexual lifestyle.

If churches excluded from membership all those involved in adultery, sexually immorality, greed, etc., there would be many empty pews on Sunday morning. Romans 3:23-24 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.”

Phyllis Rommens


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