News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion


Reasons people choose to live outside Decatur

To The Daily: As a nonresident of Decatur but as an interested observer, I would like to make some comments on your articles on Decatur failing to keep up with general population growth in Alabama.

When I completed college and began my first real job at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, I felt that Huntsville was too big and began to look for a smaller town to make my home.

Because of the traffic situation in the early 1960s, north and east were not viable choices so I looked south and west. I considered Decatur, Hartselle, Falkville and eastern Morgan County. I evaluated all three towns as very acceptable and selected Falkville for reasons which I have now forgotten.

Over the years I have noticed changes in Decatur which have moved Decatur from acceptable to unacceptable were I making that decision now. When I am asked about the best places to live now, I am forced to advise my friends not to live in Decatur.

More specifically these are some of my areas of perceived concern, many of which are of very long standing: the results of legal alcohol sales, lack of respect by the city government and by The Decatur Daily for private property, the good buddy system in city government, poor educational system, crime out of control, high taxes and out-of-control city spending.

For these and other reasons it is not surprising that Decatur is failing to keep up with the population growth of surrounding cities.

Vernon Ayre

Lawrence Medical Center should assist indigent

To The Daily: In an article in the June 10 “Know Your Neighbors” insert in The Daily, it was stated that “services being offered by the Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible.”

Tom Dunning, CEO of Lawrence Medical Center, was quoted as saying, “We have changed significantly over the past several years ...” Among those changes is employing an emergency physicians service that does not offer financial assistance for hardship or indigent cases. The hospital itself does not use the hospital taxes paid by the citizens of Lawrence County when a tag is purchased toward financial assistance for the hospital bill for indigent cases.

I feel Mr. Dunning should look into making another change to a company that will provide financial assistance for emergency physicians care to the indigent citizens of Lawrence County.

Cynthia S. Rutherford

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