Letter to the Editor

I want to ask this simple question….why doesn’t LaFayette have an Animal Control Officer?? The City of Lanett does and she is awesome! I recently heard some disturbing news on the way animals are overlooked in this town! There are pit bull puppies on chains with locks around their necks that are bigger than they are, and I was told of one that died on his or her chain because of a rain storm and drowned. The so called “Dog Catcher” will just pick up strays that are called in and leave them in the dog box on his truck for a day or two or even longer before he decides to take them to the Humane Society, if he even takes them there!! Where is the compassion City of LaFayette, council members, mayor, these animals are being abused and starved in your town! This is a sad situation and needs immediate attention!! Animals have rights too and there is no one in this town to look after the welfare of these animals!!

Name withheld upon request

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
There is a situation in town that needs attention. The awning over the old Chambers Drug Store and the next building poses a danger to the public. It is subject to fall anytime. It has been inspected by several people including David Howard who is a qualified construction person. He reported this to the city council several years ago, and nothing has been done. Several others have reported this to the council. You will be doing a great public service if you will report this in the paper. It will be a shame if someone is killed here, just when the town is going to be spruced up. Individual citizens have no influence. Please help!
Name withheld upon request.

Abandon properties embarrising

LTE 1Dear Editor:

I would like to share this letter with Mr. Tucker, LaFayette City Attorney.
I would like to bring to your attention issues regarding the City/Council’s failure to enforce established ordinances regarding burned and abandoned homes and unkept property.

Some of these issues have been addressed with the City of LaFayette; however they have failed to pursue action to remedy any of the situations. The properties have a negative impact on the City and affect property values of those living around them. One property is located on LaFayette Street North and it is an embarrassment to our town as out of town individuals passing through LaFayette. Not only are the properties an eyesore, some are dangerous. Members of the City Council have a responsibility to enforce City ordinances and should be removed from office if they fail to do so. I understand that legal action can be taken against the City to enforce these ordinances.

In addition, years ago a petition was presented to the City Council to extend the sidewalk from LaFayette Street North to Highway 77. The petition has yet to be acted upon. The lack of a sidewalk presents safety issues for pedestrians as well as motorists. It is my understanding that grant money may be available, however the City Council refuses to apply for one. The State DOT Office has been contacted regarding this safety issue. They have responded that they agree it is a safety issue and they too don’t understand why the City has not applied for a grant as it would be that simple. Members of the community are aware that the City Council has focused on obtaining grant money for the new park and I do not understand why they can’t do the same to obtain funding for a sidewalk to help with safety issues.

I was born and raised in LaFayette and it is sad to see a town that was once well kept fall into neglect and disrepair. This has undoubtedly contributed to the decline of what was once a booming town. The appearance of a town has a strong influence on any prospective industry and business as well as new citizens in their decision to relocate to the City of LaFayette.

Respectfully Submitted,
Randy Talley

(Shown are photos of abandoned properties in LaFayette.)

Thank you Senator Dial

Dear Editor,

National Guard members may now be eligible to receive additional tuition assistance due to the passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Dial.

In 1984, the Legislature authorized the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, under the Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Act, to pay instate tuition costs for qualified members of the Alabama National Guard.  Since the legislation was enacted, the award limits for the available funds have fallen short of supporting college students.

Senator Dial’s bill addresses the award amount that each individual may receive without any additional cost to the state.  Instead of a $500 per term limit, with a maximum annual award of $1,000, the recipient now has the potential of receiving up to $2,000 annually.

We all are aware of the sacrifices made by our military men and women.  Many times they are required to put their lives in harm’s way to protect the freedoms we have in this country. And at home, guard members have responded to numerous emergencies, the most recent being catastrophic weather conditions.

Thank you Senator Dial for your support of our military personnel and for higher education.

Jeff Coleman

Chairman

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Be careful checking e-mails

Dear Editor

I receive dozens of emails daily from contacts all over the country. These emails are my primary source of news stories and new information, and when I receive a warning like this (from a very credible source) I always pay attention. This came from a Microsoft representative:

‘Better to be safe than sorry, NEW COMPUTER VIRUS FOUND…You should be alert during the next few days and weeks. Do not open any message with an attachment entitled POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK, regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus, which opens as A POSTCARD IMAGE, then ‘burns’ the whole hard disc (C DRIVE) of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your email address in his/her contact list. This is the reason everyone needs to be alert. If you receive an email entitled “POSTCARD,” even though a friend sent it to you, do not open it!

Delete the message UN-OPENED, shut down your computer immediately, and kill the power for 30 seconds.

It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee last Thursday, and there is no repair yet.  This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.

Also, be aware the old virus from last year that looks like as a message from the Post Office with YOUR LOST PACKAGE in the subject line is making rounds again. It is a Virus and a scam! Do Not open any e-mail concerning a lost package even if it has the U.S. Post Office logo on it, DELETE IT UN-OPENED!’

I lost three separate computers last year to the Post Office virus.

Paul Richardson

 

Christmas gifts appreciated

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to thank LaFayette residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas.

Through their efforts, we were  able  to  contribute  towards 18,300  shoeboxes  collected within   the    Chatahoochee Valley area—filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten.

Shoebox gifts can be packed any time and gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit samaritanspurse.org or call (770) 777-9342.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

Sincerely,

Jamie Hardenbrook

Southeast Regional

Director Operation

Christmas Child

Make your feeling known to the Legilature

Dear Editor,

Since 1981, seven men who had been convicted of murder and sent to Alabama’s Death Row have, during the judicial appeal process, been found actually innocent of the crime. Because the judicial system is so badly under-funded – and defendants almost universally too poor to afford good lawyers – it is likely that the appeal system has failed other actually innocent men, who have been put to death for crimes they did not commit.

Our current death penalty appeal system is certainly not perfect, and it does take a long time. But it has saved seven innocent lives.

Now Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange wants to make the appeal system “more efficient.” Which means simply speeding it up – without doing anything at all to make it more effective in executing true justice. His “Fair Justice Act” being presented in the Legislature this session will simply make it much more likely that more actually innocent people will be executed.

It seems to me tragically ironic that this very Un-Fair Justice Act is being considered by our Legislature at the same time people in Alabama and throughout our country are celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who stood up, spoke out and eventually gave his life in the cause of equal justice for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Carolyn Wheeler a dedicated citizen

Dear Editor,

Lest We Forget!  In 2009, Carolyn Edge Wheeler decided it was past time for her to act.  She enlisted a group of five-six concerned individuals who were willing to help her.  They all were afraid that if something was not done, LaFayette would soon become a second Camp Hill.  The historic Square was in a general state of disrepair.  Years of neglect had taken its toll on some of the buildings.  Donations of money and food from other concerned citizens made this work possible.  With cleaning, small repairs, painting and decoration, the Square came back to life.

The group of volunteers thought their work was over.  Carolyn had other ideas.   She was concerned about the condition of our historic City cemetery.  She again asked for donations from  individuals who were interested in saving the resting places of their ancestors.  Work began with major cutting, poisoning, pruning, painting, and general cleaning up around the cemetery.  Some damaged markers and monuments were repaired if possible.  The fence which once was around the Courthouse but is now at the Cemetery has just recently been painted.  All of this was done under the guidance and determination of Carolyn Wheeler.

This woman is possibly the hardest working person in this area.  She works tirelessly for our City without recognition or praise.  She works only because of her love for LaFayette and wanting to keep it clean and livable.  If she isn’t stopped, LaFayette will look good – people will want to move here  – businesses will open again – churches will thrive – and LaFayette will become a great place to live once again.  Would we like all of that to happen?  If so, thank Carolyn for her unselfish commitment to this City.  We should all be this dedicated.

Sara Yancey

Thanks from Fredonia

Dear Editor,

Thanks From Fredonia.   It hasn’t happened yet but it’s coming fast, and Fredonia Heritage wants to thank all participants, donors, hard-working volunteers–everyone coming together to make a fantastic 5th annual Fredonia Heritage Day, happening this Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00-5:00 Eastern and presenting: “pickers, paintings, great foods galore– pottery, ponies, kids’ mercantile store–Creek Indian language, “Hessi” means friend; unique musical grunge by Red River Bend and from Marsha Thrift organic, non-toxic products for skin! Other vendors with jewelry, clothing, exquisite wooden crafts– cake-walks, museum, raffles in the Community House. And the sounds, the wonderful sounds while you shop–gospel, blues, show tunes; with “Old Dudes” you’ll rock while buying gifts for all on your list–Fredonia Heritage Day is not to be missed!” –nor Theodore Geisel either (Story-telling is one of many activities in our Children’s Heritage Area).

Family-friendly Heritage Day with no costs for admission or parking, is a gift to and celebration of community. With immense appreciation, Fredonia Heritage, the Fredonia Community Club and Chambers County Extension Service acknowledge all who are helping us produce this event through their generous in-kind donations, donations of items for our “Opportunity Box” raffle, and monetary gifts. Charter Bank has taken a lead in donating at the “Honoring our Traditions” level. Such honoring is indeed a priority this year as we respect different traditions but also as we relate individually to one other, learning “to speak to each other with honor while we walk the good red road ahead,” as our Creek Medicine Maker John Winterhawk Johnson advises. Fredonia Heritage greatly appreciates the Irish Bred Pub scheduling Men in Blues to perform Saturday evening, thereby facilitating the Atlanta award winning band’s performance for Heritage Day. We also appreciate Ajin offering nine graduate students’ to assist us throughout the day. Community is all about helping each other, and as “Sweet Hometown, Fredonia , Alabama”  proclaims: “despite our differences/we come together as loving citizens.”

We thank the many citizens, including those in the “greater Fredonia” area, and the businesses which are continuing to make donations, helping us further our goal of “preserving the best of yesterday for today and tomorrow.” To date they include Air & Electric, Ann’s Flower Shop, Belcher’s Jewelry, Bluffton Street Antique Mall, CB&T, Clark Brothers, Colorvision, Craftmasters, El Jimador, El Rio, Greene’s Super Drugs, Randolph Leader, River’s Bend Winery, West Point Soaps, Superior Gas, Sweet Georgia Brown, Timeless Antiques Mall, Upper Room Church, and all the media which have generously worked with us in informing our communities-near and far-about Fredonia Heritage Day: Bradley Bonner and Eddy Chandler with Hilltop Productions (HPTV-3), Cary Carroll and Heston Yates with WJCN-TV; LaFayette Sun, Randolph Leader, Times News (Valley-West Point), and radio stations WCJM, WPLV,WRLA-WTRP.

See you Saturday in the heart of Fredonia, 6160 Country Rd. 222, just west of Co. Rd. 267, eleven miles north of Lanett, 4.5 miles east of Five Points, Hasta la fiesta!

Judy Collins, President

Fredonia Heritage

 

In response to an article published September 25th

Dear Editor,

A Response to Bill Frazier’s “Court House Circus” article printed in The LaFayette Sun’s September 25, 2013 edition:

Really Bill?  Look, I know you’re rivaling Methuselah in the old age department, and my youthful age of 61 hardly qualifies me to compete in the same arena as you, but I think I still grasp the concept of sitting in the proverbial rocking chair; trusted BB-gun draped across lap, yelling at the neighbor’s kids, “GET OFF MY LAWN!”  With that said, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around what you were trying to accomplish with your article.  Were you trying to be funny?

Ringling Brothers Circus needs to move to LaFayette because we have more clowns than they do in their winter home?  A local business couldn’t find a part they ordered for you so the employees and the owner as well, are all clowns?  (Nothing like inspiring folks with praise there, Bill):  On closer inspection, the ladder erected on the Courthouse dome is clasped with bailing wire, and anyone climbing it would be performing a high wire act?  (Uh, that would be 10,000 lb test rope cinching the ladder firmly to the structure at six points, Bill.  If you are going to libel my rigging, at least actually inspect it.) Another circus act, according to you, is the 100 year old wooden ladder in the dome that apparently came close to solving your constipation problem. By the way, that time tested ladder easily supported my 230lb son time and again without swaying or sagging. But since you have focused the hawk eye of Bill on it, I guess the county could install a couple of stiff legs under it about halfway up to quell the nerves of people such as yourself, that don’t belong on it in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

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