Tim Chitwood: Finding safe harbor from the sharks

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 29, 2013 

Blown with restless violence round about The pendent world, it's Monday Mail.


Well, let's see: Winter arrived Dec. 21; New Year's Day is Wednesday; Jan. 2 is Thursday.

So come Thursday, as the post-holiday winter blues start bumming you out, just remember that Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, the mark of midwinter, is but a month away.


Here's an email regarding Sunday's column on how to donate to Hope Harbour, the Columbus battered women's shelter:


I would like to thank you for drawing attention to the good works done by the people at Hope Harbour in Columbus. The issue of domestic violence needs to be kept in the public eye and victims need to know that there is a place for them. I do take issue however with your continued omission. If you recall, last year you wrote a similar article and I had to remind you that the problem does not stop at the river and is just as serious in Russell County as it is in Columbus. The Crisis Center of Russell County serves victims from not only eastern Alabama but from Fort Benning as well. If you are going to write on the subject, how about being all inclusive and talking about both sides of the river. Seeing as this is the second time you have ignored the Russell County shelter and the hard work that they are doing, I think you owe them a feature story to talk about our efforts to create a new shelter and increase our capacity. You can contact the Executive Director, Mrs. Gina Bell-Guthrie at 762-822-3227 to arrange an interview.

Robert E. Cole,

Vice President,

Crisis Center of Russell County Board of Directors.

Dear Robert:

Building a new Russell County facility would be a separate story anyway. You wouldn't cram all that into one column.


Here's a followup to a recent Monday Mail email about the new shark tank unveiled Dec. 17 at Wind Creek Casino:


I wanted to thank you for mentioning the Wind Creek Wetumpka shark tank in your weekly column. I know you got a kick out of my pitch email. I don't mind if you pick on me if it gives some attention to this cool $250 million resort that is an easy 1½ hour drive from Columbus…. We had about 3000 people lined up for the opening; not too shabby!

Jason Evans, public relations director.

Dear Jason:

So, if gamblers lose, you feed them to the sharks, right?

Is the 90-minute drive really that easy? It never seems easy when I'm driving 90 minutes to the Atlanta airport, especially when I get there.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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