Thursday, July 28, 2011
Recalling Pop’s place
I hope to make a trip to Alabama this week. And maybe I will ride by what I still call “Pop’s place.”
We sold my Grandfather Burleson’s property in the country between Hamilton, Ala., and Haleyville, Ala., 17 years ago. I wrote a column back in 1994, just prior to the sale, while working at another newspaper. Here’s a portion of it.
Close to Nowhere
Old school reunion a “Blast from the Past!”
Memory lane is a popular place around here this week!
Saturday, my brother Dennis and I went to a kinda school reunion. Both of us went to Humes Jr. High School and our late sister Peggy and her husband Gene both graduated from Humes in 1964, when it still went all the way to 12th grade.
New bill directs Clean Water Act fines toward Gulf Coast’s economic and environmental restoration
Recovery efforts continue along our Gulf Coast more than a year after the devastating Deepwater Horizon tragedy took 11 lives and sent oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Making sure the Gulf Coast has the resources it needs is important for these recovery efforts to keep moving forward.
Letters To The Editor
Can anyone tell me what the living cat feathers a person’s race has to do with their ability to do a given job?
There, I said it; I’m tired of this. When we vote for a candidate, we are saying we want to hire them for that job.
I have hired a number of people during my work career, and, turns out, the color of their skin, or what church they went to, if any, or what their hobbies are, or what clubs they belong to, have nothing much to do with whether or not they’re going to do a good job.
That’s why the law says those things can’t have anything to do with whether or not they can be considered for that job. Their training, their experience, their knowledge of the duties of that job and their ability to do that job, day in and day out, when budgets get cut, when laws change, when disasters strike, every day, and their ability to do it honestly and transparently, those things matter.
Plain ole country smarts help, too. They have to be able to make hard decisions fairly and with compassion. Find out which candidates can do those things.
You are going to be paying them to work for you. And if the ones you think you want to hire for the jobs turn out to have green skin and tentacles, vote for them anyway.
Thanks for photo
I don’t know who submitted the picture of the Rock Hill school, but I want to thank you for printing it.
My mother is #15 and several of her siblings are pictured there.
It is the first picture I have ever seen of my mother as a child and I cannot tell you what it means to me!
(My niece in Byhalia sent the picture to me.)
Loriene S. Johnson
(Note: My aunt sent this e-mail to you. Although she didn’t ask, she would like it printed in Letters to the Editor in next week’s edition if that’s possible. We are hoping the lady who brought the picture in will read it. The picture has delighted our family - all the way from Byhalia, to Texas and Georgia!
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