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Alabama Supreme Court decision will make roads more dangerous to drive

To The Daily: The Alabama Supreme Court has made a decision regarding driver license exams that will cost our citizens in many ways. Itís not about diminishing English as the Alabama common language: itís about safety on our streets and highways.

Itís bad enough to have inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of a 3,000-pound vehicle. Add to that a cell phone, text messaging, drinking, illegal drugs, smoking and listening to loud music. Wow. What challenges we have on our streets.

Now the Supreme Court is giving us the additional challenge of putting people in a car who canít read street signs and have little or no command of the English language. In case of an accident, call the Alabama Supreme Court to send a qualified interpreter to the accident scene.

Again, for those justices on the Supreme Court who are not blessed with common sense, the basic purpose for drivers to learn how to communicate in English is to make our streets safer, not more dangerous.

Leo M. Spain

Lawrence County revenue investment nothing new; commissionís meddling is

To The Daily: This letter is in response to recent news articles concerning a savings certificate of the Lawrence County Commission.

It is a practice of most county commission employees throughout the state to invest county funds. In Lawrence County, this practice goes back to the early í80ís. Many county funds, such as property taxes, are received during the first three months of the year, and other funds like the Solid Waste fund, may not be used until the latter part of the fiscal year. This practice has always been considered good, sound financial management by the Examiners of Public Accounts.

Through conscientious planning by Lawrence County Commission employees, the interest earned by these savings may exceed $40,000 in one year. This interest is always reflected as a source of revenue in the county budgets. The invested funds are always deposited in banks designated by the county commissioners and are reflected in the county financial statements, which are published twice annually in the local paper, and also in the audit reports which are provided to the members of the County Commission.

These matters have always been handled internally by the three commission employees (not four or five as quoted by one commissioner recently). In the past, Lawrence County commissioners, who serve part-time, with some of them holding other full-time jobs, have not elected to become involved in the day-to-day operation of the commission office, but have left such matters up to the good judgment of its employees.

Joan Lang
Former county administrator

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