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MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2007
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

At 90, Etta Freeman one of Decatur’s treasures

To The Daily: I hope readers of The Daily will join me in commending Deangelo McDaniel for his outstanding coverage of Etta Freeman’s 90th birthday celebration. Decatur is very fortunate to have someone of Mrs. Freeman’s obvious dedication, ability and positive background residing within its environs.

Mrs. Freeman was my wife’s first-grade teacher. Due to my family’s Hurricane Katrina displacement, I personally have had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Freeman for nearly two years. During that time, I have often worshipped with her at First Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur. I also recently joined her and others in supportive roles in circuit court, and shared happy moments with her at her grandson’s and my daughter’s 2007 Austin High School graduation.

Residents of Northwest Decatur can continue Mrs. Freeman’s outstanding legacy of service by giving back to their community. Much change needs to take place on the northwest side of Decatur, to improve the quality of life. There is the need for the establishment of a “quiet zone” (no train horn), at several intersections, more frequent monitoring of automobile speeding and revving up of automobile and motorcycle engines, especially on 12th Avenue Northwest, and cessation of the transporting of hazardous materials on the northwest side of town.

Henry Brown
Decatur

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