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MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2007
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Probe in public’s interest

To The Daily: Having read much in recent days about the Morgan County computer fiasco, both praising Commissioner Stacy George and vilifying him, I haven’t seen much in the way of asking some very important questions, such as: Aren’t these people supposed to be working instead of going online to various Web sites? It seems many hours of public time have been wasted that we are paying for.

Another thing to consider is opening up the county computer system to the possibility of being infected with all kinds of viruses which could decimate the entire system and cost untold dollars to try to repair, not to mention the possible loss of much important, irreplaceable data. These computers are for conducting government business and not for personal pastimes.

I feel Mr. George is trying to protect the government and public interests when he insists on openness in the conduct of the business of the people in these offices. Why should Sheriff Greg Bartlett and Revenue Commissioner Amanda Scott be afraid of their computers being inspected? If there is indeed a danger of compromised data, they would not be liable but it would be on the shoulders of the county commission to safeguard any information contained on the hard drives and prevent dissemination of protected communications.

I’m not worried about what the rest of the world thinks of Morgan County; my only concern is what are we willing to tolerate in our elected officials, and will we support those who are willing to shine a light on possible wrongdoing?

James Roden
Hartselle

U.S. Marines deserve to be called such

To The Daily: An almost daily occurrence is the report of U.S. casualties in Aybar Province northwest of Baghdad. The media have apparently agreed they will be referred to as “troops” when, in fact, the U.S. Marines are doing most of the heavy lifting there and taking the hits. I haven’t had family members who were or are Marines or attending Navy medical personnel, but it grates to see or hear Marines referred to as if they were Army personnel, apparently for politically correct reasons. They deserve to be referred to as U.S. Marines in news reports.

I’ve served with Marines and you could call them “soldiers” as long as you were kidding but they were quick to let you know the difference nevertheless. Like calling a Cardinal a “preacher.”

Allan LeBaron
Moulton

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