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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2007
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Elect lawmakers who display integrity, humility

To The Daily: Your April 15 opinion article “Legislators don’t belong in college jobs” is right on the mark. You have posed some excellent, in-depth questions which I haven’t seen in previous media articles.

College presidents don’t have to hire a lobbyist to help procure state funding when they have a legislator on the payroll. In effect, they’ve got a paid “lobbyist” who will vote on that funding.

And what college president is going to refuse to hire a legislator who wants a job? Or a job for his/her relative or friend? Qualifications for the job and fair-hiring practices are totally irrelevant when the legislator asks a favor.

As your article points out, fixing this ugly situation will be difficult. This has been a hidden fringe benefit of the Legislature for a long time. I suspect it’s no coincidence that the vast majority of those abusing the system are members of the political party which controls both houses of the Legislature. We know from the past that the leadership of the Senate and House are more committed to their own special interests than to the interests of the voters.

There’s only one way to take back our state government: Elect people to the Legislature who have integrity and humility. That doesn’t often happen here in Alabama. Let’s do something about that at the next election.

Dan H. Broughton
Opelika

There’s more than 1 side to American-Indian saga

To The Daily: This is a response to the letter written by the Rev. Mack L. Carter in defense of the Indians. I, too, have Indian ancestors, but most of my ancestors are of European origin, and I would imagine the Rev. Carter has some of those, too, if he checked back. I wonder if he has any idea of how he would be living now if those early people had not dared get into that tiny ship called the “Mayflower” to cross that huge ocean.

We would probably all be living in caves and tepees and eating off the land. I personally am not too fond of eating ’possums.

I have a black friend in Atlanta who says that she’s sorry her ancestors had to endure slavery, but she has sense enough to be glad they did. To use her own words, “Wouldn’t I be happy to be sitting in Ethiopia on starvation now?”

The Indians were not all so innocent with a wonderful civilization. One of my direct ancestors, Susan Day, who is probably an ancestor of quite a few people in Morgan County, was killed near Greenbrier, W.Va., by the Indians who raided her village. She, a son, and 3 daughters were taken captive. The next day, her son found her — naked, scalped and dead. When he screamed the Indians ran, and he was able to rescue the girls, but the boy was also dead. Is it any wonder that the surviving son became an Indian fighter?

Bobbie Johnson
Falkville

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