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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Worley story not worthy of publication

To The Daily: I am still trying to figure out the newsworthiness of the article in the April 4 edition about Nancy Worley and the desk.

The information contradicted itself so many times that I could not figure out the point of the story. If the college president and the dean of instruction both felt the situation was appropriate, why did the story merit a front-page headline position? The story was not even mentioned in the Huntsville Times.

As a retired public school teacher, Ms. Worley is definitely eligible to have the work done and fits the school’s guidelines. She did not get anything for free (as so many politicians seem to these days). Since the state Democratic Party officials did not offer to have the desk refinished and it was unusable in a cracked condition, Ms. Worley’s personal payment of $226 certainly makes her a part owner of the desk.

The next day’s editorial on the story was positively gloating. Evidently, Ms. Worley was not living up to The Daily’s previous prediction that she would be a “lightning rod” for controversy in the position of vice chairman, so it seems a problem had to be “created” for her. It is no wonder that good, decent people have no desire to run for public office when they see others who try to do a good job thwarted by political undermining.

As Shakespeare said, it is a tale “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Susan P. Graben
Decatur

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