News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion


Identify, fine those who litter in Morgan County

To The Daily: This is in response to the great newspaper articles and letters to the editor on the subject of the systemic Morgan County littering problem.

Lacey’s Spring is an unincorporated community located in the northeast corner of Morgan County. For those of you who don’t know, we are a part of Morgan County; the Whitesburg Bridge separates us from the city of Huntsville.

Kudos to Huntsville for a job well done in its efforts on keeping its section of U.S. 231 clear of litter. The people who litter there know they will be identified and reported when littering on the Huntsville side of the Tennessee River. These same people wait until they come across the bridge into Lacey’s Spring to throw their litter on the road.

Cleaning up other people’s messes (although there is an ongoing effort on our communities’ part) will not solve this problem. Identifying and fining the litterbugs will create a positive solution to our messy highway problems.

Kay Knoblach
Lacey’s Spring

Resources available to assist human trafficking victims

To The Daily: Your March 1 piece, “Brothel at Alabama trailer park grossed $800K annually,” brings to light a serious situation that is occurring across the United States: the sexual exploitation of women and children — or human trafficking.

The law defines anyone subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or labor, as a victim of human trafficking. Moreover, under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, any child under the age of 18 is considered a victim of human trafficking if involved in a commercial sex act.

As the agency responsible for helping victims of human trafficking become survivors, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to make the public aware of this issue and to connect victims with the services needed to restore their lives.

I encourage your readers to learn more about this issue and take action if they believe they have encountered a victim of trafficking by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888, or by visiting

Dr. Wade F. Horn
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

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