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School-prayer ban was first step on road to ruin

To The Daily: I wonder each time I pick up a paper and see “City Council passed an ordinance” on something we can no longer do in public: When was the last time a member of the council asked you what you wanted or let you vote on a matter?

The weather gets hot one month out of the year and they raise your utility bill, but here comes a storm: no power and also no credit for the down time.

Athens voted to keep the city wet and keep the tax dollars within their city limit — smart move. Lawrence County sends all their tax dollars to either Decatur or the schools, then the politicians complain there is no money to fix the courthouse, no money for the schools, no money for the sheriff’s department, no money for the fire department.

Where do the politicians get all this power to say we are looking out for the best interest of the public? It all started with banning prayer in schools. Then the bandwagon kept moving and then we have a dictatorship from a bunch of power hungry people who at this time want pay raises and insurance from our tax dollars. I had a mother and father to look out for me and now I am able to do it myself.

Are we not going to get up and do something to make it better here in Lawrence County? Vote to make the county wet, get those tax dollars here where they can be used to bring Lawrence County equal with other counties, get our roads fixed and highway shoulders mowed. We can make Lawrence County beautiful. Let me attend a City Council meeting, or a TVA meeting. Someone has to speak up. No, I wasn’t born here but I live here now, and yes, the freedom of speech is due me. I served my country for that

Think tax dollars. It worked for Limestone County.

Stan Simmons

State lawmakers should follow city officials’ example

To The Daily: I’m fat. Actually, I’m obese. My doctor and I are concerned about it and are working on the problem that will kill me if I don’t fix it. While my fat will send me to an early grave, it won’t take you with me. Your smoke will take me, though. It will take me and my friends and my kinfolks. In fact, it’s already taken a few of them.

Thank you to Councilman Ronny Russell for introducing the Smoke Free Decatur ordinance, to Councilman David Bolding and Council President Billy Jackson for their votes, and to Mayor Don Kyle for his decision to let the majority rule stand. And thanks to Councilmen Ray Metzger and Gary Hammon, too, for properly voting their consciences and, probably, the sentiment of the majority of their constituents. That’s the way representative government works — or should. Not only do you, as our governing body, have a “right to make laws that affect me and my business” in this city, but you have that responsibility and that burden.

As I race my skinny friends who smoke to an early grave, I am heartened to know that Decatur is a step ahead of our neighbors. Our public smoking ordinance is now in line with an ever-growing number of state laws. This small exercise in representative government was a good model for the Alabama Legislature. Imagine what would happen if they actually weighed and wrestled the opinions of constituents and voted their consciences in Montgomery. Inevitably, this Decatur ordinance will become a statewide law. Well, maybe. I suppose we’ll have to wait for the majority in Montgomery to grow a conscience.

Dan Price

What can county residents do with discarded junk?

To The Daily: I have followed “Hiding in plain sight” with some interest since I moved to the county and in a house that needs some renovations.

Not having the money to have this done, I attempted to do some of it myself. I pulled out the old carpet and drug it to the road, not knowing the county would not pick it up. There is an old chair I have that needs to be discarded, and several other things. The list could go on, but I am sure you see the picture. What do the people of Lawrence and Morgan County do with this stuff?

I am a single, 54-year-old female, trying to make a better place for myself. I don’t have a truck to haul it away and I can’t afford to have it hauled off. I am not talking construction here. It’s just old stuff with no place to go. Its not that we don’t care — we simply do not have the means to discard it.

Could we please hear the other side of the story? Could our county officials give us some advice or help with this? My goodness, I know there have to be rules, but I pay a lot of money to have one bag of garbage picked up every week.

Judy Raney

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