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Worley defends action in furniture repair dispute

To The Daily: The Daily’s article and editorial about me paying to have a desk refinished at a local technical college were short on facts and long on fiction.

I chose an unused room at the State Democratic Party headquarters for my office. In the room was a discarded desk with a missing drawer, peeling top and scratched, discolored wood.

After conversations with the party chairman and executive director about furniture, I suggested the state party might qualify to get refinishing or carpentry work done at a technical college. The executive director repeatedly said, “We are the State Democratic Party in the law,” but no one volunteered to call the college or pay for the work.

I called Ingram State Technical College, which has a training program for inmates, and asked if they could refurbish the desk. The receptionist asked if I qualified and I replied, “I am a retired teacher and vice chair of the Democratic Party.” She told me she would call back about my qualifications, as well as the refinishing department’s availability.

I received a message from the college telling me to bring my item to the shop. I transported the desk and a personally owned bench to the technical college. The receptionist and officials completed the work order and I signed the qualification sheet as a public employee, since retired and active public employees qualify. I wrote a personal check for $171.94 to cover part of the costs, at which time the desk became my property. I shall pay the rest out of my personal funds when I pick up the items.

I will use the desk and bench at the headquarters while I am vice chair. In my actions, I believe my integrity and commitment to the law remain intact. I look forward to those who lose elections or mean-spirited political operatives working for the good of the people, rather than spending time attacking others.

Nancy Worley

Few took advantage of opportunity to speak to city leaders

To The Daily: I’d like to respond to David W. Kelley’s April 6 letter. The strongest point in his letter was, “Mayor Kyle told a resident that he had spoken long enough.” I say strongest point, since it was the first point he made.

I attended the meeting at Austinville Baptist Church. In fact, I attended all five community meetings as a representative to the Decatur Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. So, I was there when the mayor told the gentleman he had spoken long enough. Please note the purpose of the meeting was to be a community meeting. When one person attempts to monopolize the available time, the moderator (in this case, the mayor), must make an effort to move the meeting along and give others time to speak. So I believe the mayor was right in what he did.

Mayor Don Kyle, police Chief Ken Collier, members of the City Council, the district attorney and several members of the police department attended these meetings so the residents of Decatur would have an opportunity to meet them and tell them what the residents like, and what needs improvement in Decatur.

Decatur’s latest population estimate that I have heard is 60,000. Total attendance at all five meetings combined was less than 300. What conclusion do you draw from all this? Does this mean that 59,700 residents of Decatur don’t give a flip one way or another about improving their city?

From my standpoint, I believe the police department does a great job and I call on the residents to attend the next round of meetings. Chief Collier has impressed me so far. Let’s give him a chance before we judge him.

Thomas R. Barry

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