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Council follows in footsteps of Hitler and al-Qaida

To The Daily: It is not surprising the City Council introduced and the mayor supported the uncompromising smoking ban, which not only did not give individual businesses the right to choose, but also declared a portion of citizens to be lower than dirt and not worthy of the right to choose.

Recently, presidential candidate Fred Thompson said something to the effect that al-Qaida pushed Iraqis toward democracy because of such things as a smoking ban. Adolf Hitler’s regime was one of the first to implement a smoking ban. So, why should we be appalled by the measures taken by our City Council and mayor?

Whom do they answer to? Certainly not the voting public, and the voting public has no recourse but to sit and wait until their terms expire.

If it isn’t as plain as the nose on your face, then you are sincerely stupid. Our rights guaranteed by the Constitution can only be abridged if we allow them to be abridged, either by tacit approval or by mob rule. In either case, it is disgusting that we allow six people to make rules that we have to follow without even so much as an equitable debate on the subject, let alone a public referendum.

And then, to add to the madness, they don’t even allow for compromise or amendments to such sad ordinances. When our elected officials behave in such a way, it is apparent they are not worried about the consequences of their actions. It is then time to change the system or at the very least to change the officials. And I do mean all of them.

On another note, I certainly wish something could and would be done about the noise problem concerning loud car stereos and sub-woofers.

Kerry Grissett

Morgan County Fair board irresponsible, incompetent

To The Daily: With a picture in the Sept. 23 Daily was the caption, “David Paul McGill of Pulaski, Tenn., works on the car belonging to Ryan Locker, left, to ready it for the final heat Saturday.”

A better caption would have been “David Paul McGill of Pulaski, Tenn., burns with the car belonging to Ryan Locker, left, as they ready it for the final heat Saturday.”

With Mr. McGill working on the vehicle underneath it, holding a cigarette to his mouth and a gasoline container above him, he could have been the bright spot of the demolition derby. The final heat would have been a hot topic rather than a smash with the crowd.

This is a good example of the Morgan County Fair board’s incompetence. Had Mr. McGill been burned, would the Morgan County Fair Board take responsibility for his death or injury? Once again the entire bunch shows their inability to act responsibly with the Morgan County Fair. They are irresponsible and incompetent. No one with the mindset of a child, with the attitude of, “We were here first,” should be allowed to make responsible decisions with irresponsible results.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the mentality of the entire group that runs the place, yet Judge Glenn Thompson signed a restraining order to allow it. Were there no guidelines for the people involved with their vehicles? Were there any safety precautions made and safety meetings held beforehand? The spectators and the participants were put at risk. The entire fairground board is like the tail wagging the dog.

Brenda Coburn

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