Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Alabama AG responds to editorial

I was disappointed to read your September 24 editorial calling on my office to “let it go” when it comes to enforcing Alabama’s gambling laws in Macon County. Sixty years ago, this newspaper earned a Pulitzer Prize for your coverage of the crime and corruption in Phenix City, Alabama. In particular, the Pulitzer Prize board highlighted your “early awareness of the evils of lax law enforcement.” That evil has not ceased.

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‘Failing’ schools indeed

Voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2012 establishing the State Charter School Commission with authority to approve and fund state charter schools supervised by the Commission rather than by local boards of education. The most recent report by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement shows that schools operated by local boards of education had a 5.8% failure rate. Schools operated for three years by the commission had a failure rate of 25%. Draw your own conclusions.

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Freeze vote needs more light

Proponents of thawing the property tax freeze have repeatedly proclaimed the benefits of doing so without, to my knowledge (unless I missed it), ever providing the voters with any specific numbers on how much added revenue will come to the city, and how they plan to manage that revenue.

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A vote for our future

This retired educator, wife, mother, grandmother and community volunteer is voting Yes to thaw the freeze. I am concerned that our current Freeze tax structure will be a disadvantage to our future generations. If we “thaw” the freeze now, the school district will have what it needs to educate all children, like my grandson.

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Defending Fort Benning

I am happy to live near Fort Benning and I know the soldiers and the many civilians who serve or work there spend a lot of money in this area. Their support of our economy is not a reason to urge the Army to leave Benning here.

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Thaw, or hard freeze?

“Free The Thaw” signs have sprung up across town like Asters in September. Ironically, almost all of the signs I see are in front of houses that will be grandfathered into the thaw.

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Assessing the Freeze

In the upcoming early vote starting October 7 and general election on November 8, our priority should be to protect our homes and vote NO in response to the Special Election Question that “eliminates the current base year assessed value homestead exemption.”

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Scandal and coverup

We would not have known about this underhanded deal unless Donald Trump had not opened his big mouth. In January 2016 Obama bypassed Congress and approved giving Iran $400 million. Obama denied the $400 million was ransom; later his spokesperson somewhat admitted it was. This cash was flown by military aircraft to Tehran.

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Sad occasion for Girl Scouts

As one of a “Four Generation” Girl Scout family, I am extremely saddened by the latest development of our local Council. My understanding is that the camp is being sold due to “budgetary issues.” The council has had its ups and downs financially as most all organizations of this nature do. However, the community has given tremendous support for years.

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Heart of the issue

The Forum column by local attorney Fife A. Whiteside regarding the roles of the Board of Education and the superintendent of education is the best column that I have read in the Ledger-Enquirer in some time.

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We’re not laughing

Is this a mismanagement joke? Sheriff Darr hired lawyers to help him get ready for a meeting? Darr, at a very minimum, should be able to discuss his budget with Council without taxpayers paying his lawyer $9,700 to show him how. Reckon the sheriff would like to hire a lawyer to help him manage the sheriff's office, so the sheriff could avoid going over budget every year?

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Trump deserves better

Enough, already! Although I disagree with Trump on some issues, It would be refreshing to see the local and national media give him fair coverage at least 25% of the time. (That’s not asking too much, is it?).

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Bipartisan solution

Mr. Jack Bernard of Jasper County, Ga., wrote a special essay to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer published Sunday, July 17. The headline read “Medicare expansion versus same worn-out platitudes.”

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