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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2007
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Alcohol sales would cure some ills in Lawrence

To The Daily: Why is Lawrence County losing residents? People move for a lot of reasons. I have lived here a little more than two years and have listened to people who have lived here all their lives. They complain among themselves, but won’t do anything to make things better.

The schools suffer from lack of finances and taxes go to other counties because they are living in the past. They could make a change by allowing the sale of alcohol in Lawrence County. Right now, everyone goes to either Florence or Decatur for dining on Fridays or Saturdays to enjoy a drink with their meals. The taxes alone from these sales would allow our school budget to expand.

The so-called Bible toters go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, but during the other days, you will find them buy-
ing from ABC stores in Decatur or eating out.

This would also eliminate the so-called “rum runners” who break the law to be put out of business.

The City Council needs to get more involved with people and get answers to some of our problems. Legalizing alcohol sales would also cut down on those who drive while drinking. They need to get out of the 1920s and 1930s and catch up with today.

Stan Simmons
Moulton

Problems with military treatment, welfare

To The Daily: Last week, on my way to Kentucky, I heard on the radio where a well-known store had asked two Marines to leave because they were in uniform. What is this world coming to? These men protect our United States and we should welcome them with open arms.

Also, I work with parents who draw welfare checks. I know for a fact they do drugs — some even trade food stamps for drugs. Why don’t we do drug tests on these people, and if they show positive, take their checks away? There are many people who need assistance and try hard, but can’t get help.

Another thing: How on Earth do we dare give a baseball, football or basketball player millions of dollars for two- or three-year contracts while our soldiers live month-to-month, barely able to get by? How can we justify this?

Gearita Campbell
Decatur

Ordinance enforcement unfair to poor owners

To The Daily: Some of this undue commotion about people’s yards is really about trying to get the property away from the owner.

If a person is not able, for whatever reason, to meet some arbitrary standard for yard maintenance, the city can send people out to mow down just about every living thing, including treasured flowering plants, leaving the yard barren and ugly.

Then the property owner is expected to pay an exorbitant amount for this carnage. What is a poor person supposed to do?

Martha K. Hood
Decatur

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