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Decatur stagnates while neighbors continue to grow

To The Daily: I found it interesting to read the recent headlines, “Where do we go from here? Decatur’s work force is shrinking as the elderly retire at a faster rate than the new workers take jobs.”

A few years ago Decatur refused to run a sewer from Windmill Beverages down Alabama 67 to a new, large gasoline station. Priceville was glad to run a sewer and gained $1 million a year in revenue.

Remember when we were talking about school issues and the court order? Decatur was happy to build a neighborhood school in an area of zero growth. This was pure politics. The minority said they would support a school at Burningtree.

Burningtree and Hickory Hills are way past time for growth. Hickory Hills and Burningtree paid $844,421.66 in 2006 in property taxes, plus $224,211.73 school tax, excluding vehicle taxes. We have no playground, one access out of Burningtree, no school and no curbs and gutters on many streets. We waited more than 20 years for a fire station. We finally got a fire station after two houses burned down.

The BRAC people would like to live in this area because of good access to I-65. Madison, Huntsville and Hartselle extended the sewer, utilities and built schools in areas where houses were needed. Builders and developers will immediately build there. New houses need new schools.

It would be a big help if the planning and building departments cooperated and were helpful to builders and developers.

I sometimes wonder why Burningtree and Hickory Hills do not de-annex from Decatur and join Hartselle or Priceville.

Tomorrow may be too late. If Decatur does not address these issues immediately, I guess we will read how Hartselle, Priceville and Madison buried Decatur.

Patsy Poole

Claims can be believed or not; but facts are facts

To The Daily: The Rev. James Evans’ book review appears to offer cover for those who don’t believe that the facts in the Bible are actually facts. It seems that you can “believe” that God created the world, but that is a “religious claim.” The equivalent would be that we “believe” in Santa Claus or the Easter
Bunny. This may be a pleasant fantasy for children, but not something we could teach as fact.

Furthermore, “the pursuit of honest, critical thinking,” might allow us to consider some things to be in fact, fact. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ: fact. The shed blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary, to atone for man’s sin: fact. Complete forgiveness and eternal life for anyone who would believe that good news: fact.

I wait for the next Evans book review that explains why the atoning shed blood of Jesus Christ isn’t in fact, fact. It will probably begin with a chapter on how we should elect a new senator or president.

Eric Drexil Holland

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