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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2007
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Mayor made up quotes used in political roast

To The Daily: I have had inquiries as to where I obtained the quotes I used in the CASA roast of retiring State Rep. Tommy Carter.

The quotes I used during the roast are fictitious. Three of my quotes were used in Steve Stewart’s article on Feb. 11 and were attributed to Holly Hollman, Decatur Daily reporter, Gov. Bob Riley and Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. The article did not designate the quotes as fictitious, and I want to make sure the readers know these quotes were spoken in jest and are not real quotes.

As master of ceremonies, and as a roaster for the past four years, I attributed many quotes to members of our local community who were in attendance, or who were not in attendance. I also attributed quotes to public figures including the president, the governor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. Actually, none of these people made these quotes that I have used. I try to find humorous sayings that can be attributed to people, similar to the format of the Dean Martin roasts that were popular many years ago, but neither Philip Rivers, Ms. Hollman, Gov. Riley, nor any of the others actually said what was attributed as a quote, and I do not want to cause any embarrassment or disparagement to them or anyone else.

The CASA roast is an evening of fun to raise money for a great organization that provides assistance for elderly citizens of our community. I hope everyone will support this organization in their community.

Mayor Dan Williams
Athens

Sex toy sale ban protects children, public morality

To The Daily: “Do you agree with Alabama’s ban on the sale of sex toys?” That was the question asked in The Decatur Daily online poll last week. It is not surprising that over 90 percent of those who voted did not agree with the ruling set down by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. One reader wrote, “I feel that the government has no right to ban these items, what a couple wants to do in their bedroom is of no business to anyone.” Another said, “I don’t get it, they want to ban sex toys, but sell guns on every street corner?”

These responses indicate the 11th Circuit ruling has been, for the most part, misinterpreted by the public. The ruling has nothing to do with your bedroom activities but rather declared the ban on sales was within the right of the state to preserve and promote public morality. Did you catch that, “public” morality. Laws of public morality are primarily aimed at protection of our children and this ruling falls within that standard. It’s basically about ensuring “obscene” items are not displayed in public, and we’re not talking about potions and lotions here. If you lack imagination simply do a Google search for “sex toys” and you will discover about 4 million places to find examples. Now imagine the answers to your children’s questions as you walk past the adult pleasure store in your local mall.

The ban on sales of sex toys was a “rational” means to establish standards for public morality. Alabama simply banned the sale of all devices in order to prohibit those considered to be obscene. Could it have been done a different way? Probably. Ms Williams and members of the adult trade should pow-wow with state legislators on a way to conduct this form of commerce without offending the majority at large.

Mike Olson
Decatur

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