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Commenfs by the editor are opinions, reasons, or recommendations, .. Send your wfiffen and signed opinions tolhe.Editor, P. O. Box 480040, Unden, Alabama 36748 How to finance education Alabama's Legislature is being criticized by the out-of-state owned newspapers and televi- sion stations for not doing a good job. Among the frivolous items the legislators seem ready to accomplish is an attempt to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. White Democrat in the Republican Party Robert Bentley will probably sign that bill into law if it passes. Bentley is whimpering and whining about a shortfall in the budget. All he needs to do is simply pare everything down by 10 per cent or more. Next he needs to declare by executive order that no funds can be earmarked in the future. With the sharply deCgenrollment in :public schools, the education budgeJ must be reduced accordingly. Go look at the staffs in pubic schools. There are counselors, assistant everythings, reading coaches, math coaches, and tutors of all sorts, which gives rise to the question, what are the teachers doing? Don't look at the athletic coaches, assistants, trainers, and other paid people. Schools should feed three meals a day and involve students in clean ups, cooking, dish washing, and other kitchen chores. Older stu- dents can be coached in cooking. Other students could provide maintenance, janitorial services, landscaping duties, and other needed work. All this would disrupt the Alabama Education Associationunion standards and cause schools to reduce staff members which ould reduce AEA iffembeiship's. '  .... .... Bentley needs to focus on the output of aca- demia in the students instead of the thoughts of other adults, especially the white Democrats. Pulling for escapees? Two murderous escapees in New York state give further credence to executing killers quickly. We figure six weeks is enough time for any good lawyer to come up with credible evi- dence that his or her client didn't murder the victim. Don't coddle them or put them peacefully to sleep. Hang 'em high. Hang them on the ...... courthouse lawn where the public can watch. Six weeks is a good time limit. First the bad guys won't be able to escape that quickly. Second, the feeding bill will go to zero once the trap door opens and the hemp rope jerks their necks apart. According to various reports, there must be 100,000 mouths we are feeding that should be shut permanently. America spends about $50,000 to $75,000 annually on housing each of these animals. Of course, we need to hang drug dealers, kidnappers, rapists, and armed robbers along with the murderers. Gov. Robert Bentley, this is a good way to cut expenses and a start at balancing the budg- et. This New York escape puts innocent people in danger. Being they are Yankees, we sorta feel like pulling for the bad guys. Disagree ith Anything 'vnTe A Le rer To The Edifor Send Letters to: Box 480040 Linden, Ala, 36748 , We don't even read the letters which are not signed; nor do we read mass or electronically produced-letters, Write your opinions, sign your le, and mail your letter-- original with name. US00?S Published every Thursday at The Democrat-Reporter at 108 East Coats Avenue, Linden, Marengo County, Alabama 36748. Postmaster, please send changes of ad&esses to: E O. Box 480040, Linden, Alabama 36748 Telephone 334/295-5224 Linden Reporter established 1879. Marengo lmocrat established 1889. Consolidated 1911 as The Democrat-Reporter. Periodicals postage paid at Demopolis, Alabama. Subscription prices include sales tax plus postage and handling. In Marengo, Clarke, Choctaw, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas, and Wilcox Counties, annual subscriptions are $35.00. Outside these above noted counties in Alabama, $50.00. Outside Alabama $60.00. 153-380 Editor-Publisher Goodloe Sutton Office Manager Barbara Quinney Sports Jim DeWitt Production Manager Henry Waiters Production Assistant Angela Compton ) Page '2 Thursday, June 18, 2015 READERS Write Letters of Their Opinions .... Send Your Letter to R O. Box 480040, Linden Alabama 36748 Thank you, Marengo County citizens The Democrat-Reporter Linden, Alabama 36748 Mr. Sutton, Please find attached a press release thanking the community and residents for viewing the Smithsonian Exhibition at the muse- am. Thank you for all you do for the museum. The Marengo County History & Archives Museum wishes to thank all those communities, schools (pub- lic & home schools), residents and visitors who came out to see the Smithsonian Exhibition "The Way We Worked, Marengo." We especially thank those who gave, donated and loaned all those wonderful artifacts, objects and pho- tographs that were displayed as "The Way We Worked, Marengo." We thank all the volunteers that participated as .docents and guides, you were wonderful. We hope all who attended enjoyed the exhibits and panels that tell the story of the five ethnic groups, the Native Americans, the French, the White Settlers, the African Americans, and the Jewish Immigrants. These five groups were the founders and builders of Marengo County and the exhibits displayed told the story of the way they worked in Marengo County. The Marengo County History & Archives Museum is a great asset to the community, and hope that you, the communities and residents of Marengo County will continue to support the programs and events at the museum. Of all the thanks given, we must thank God for the wonderful success the museum encountered of "The Way We Worked, Marengo." Mary Jones-Fitts, President/Director Marengo County 'History & Archives Museum Alabama's Canebrake Genealogical Society & Library PO Box 1144 Demopolis, AL 36732 334.289.0599 o 334.341.3439 c OLD TIMES BY THE LAIE JOEL D. JONES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JANUARY|8, 1940 Matkin goes to Louisiana to retrieve body of brother On March 30, 1900, Mr. Lamar Matkin, of Linden, received a telegram informing him of the horrible accidental death of his brother, James L. Matkin. Lamar immediately left Linden, in response to the telegram and ascertained that his the name of the Lord Jesus, are perilous to the spir- itual influence of the members of the church, and the enervating of the spiritual welfare power of the church in the great work of saving souls. Of course, the members agreed to the wishes of brother, who was fir,m,#,, freight'trainon:the the jchurches and until this day we, presume lif.,in,, Iron Mountain Road, had en killed at" a small - obedient'tb e diseiplhie of 7the churches, rley'-Cr ' ibwn near Mouroel L& e unforamate,.nma had-,, found, at dances, and, parties., and. such places ihff ,I- crawled under the engine to make some needed repairs, and by some gross carelessness on the part of the engineer the train was put in motion while he was under the engine. He was terribly crushed, but lived several hours after being run over by the large engine. When Lamar reached Monroe he found that the remains of his brother had been shipped to Little Rock, Ark., for interment, and he telegraphed to hold the body until he came, and on arriving there he found everything in readiness for the bur- ial. He then took charge of the body and had it expressed to Demopolis, and on Tuesday, the 3rd day of April, it was brought to Linden and buried. James was about 26 years of age, and was mar- ried about seven months before his death to Miss Sarah Hoover, of Bating Cross, Ark. His early life was spent in Linden, going to Texas about 11 years before his death, where he had since resided. He had warm friends wherever he was known, and the flowers that came with his casket from his distant home showed that tended hearts were there to sympathize in the sad ending of one whom they loved and esteemed. The body was laid to rest after appropriate services at the grave, and friends and loved ones covered the new made grave with flowers and evergreens in token of their apprecion of him who's tragic death caused a pang of sorrow in many hearts. During April 1900, Linden was completely sur- rounded by water, and for about a week they had no mail, and knew nothing about what was going on in the outside world, and the outside world knew noth- ing of what was happening in Linden. This may seem strange at this time, forty years later, but the people at that time had not built roads up above high water mark, and the streams would overflow and cut off travel for several days at a time. Forty years "ago, on the 20th day of this next May, Lamar Matkin was married to Miss Bessie Thomas of Rembert, Elder J. R., M.G White, per- forming the ceremony, at the Baptist Church at Rembert Hills. A large number of the friends of the contracting parties from Linden and the Hills were present on the occasion. After the ceremony the bridal party drove to Linden, to their home cottage on the comer of Cahaba and East Streets. Forty years ago, an effort was made by some of the members of the Churches to have the discipline of the churches changed in regard rio worldly amusements, such as card playing, dancing and such. They recommended a change that would per- mit these amusements, but the churches refused to make the change. The churches insisted that danc- ing, playing games of chance, attending dance par- ties and other amusements, which cannot be used in The late Joel Desaker Jones would not agree with the church discipline. On the wall of the Congressional Library at Washington stands a bronze tablet, and on it two magnificent female figures, like twins, one with just a touch of disorder in her blown hair, both with that wide low collar and the flowing tie of the sailor, and with bare arms that speak of recent serv- ice at the guns, clasp hand under the overshadow- ing spread of the wings of America's national bird. The female figures are emblems of the North and South. To appreciate fully the thought and meaning of this tablet it is necessary to go back four score years tO that Sunday morning in June, 1864, which saw one of the greatest sea fights in history. The Confederate cruiser Alabama was in the harbor of Cherbourg, France, a Mediterranean port. It had done much damage to Federal shipping, and the Federal cruiser Kearsarhge, built of New Hampshire's oak and manned by a New Hampshire crew as look- ing for her. The Kearsarhge located the Alabama but neutrality laws forbade a fight in the harbor, and a regular chal- lenge passed between the captains .for a meeting on the high seas. A day was set for the combat, and both ships prepared for the duel. Private boats and shipping of all kinds car- fled spectators out to see the fight while the shores were black with people. A league from the shore on the high sea the battle was fought. The Alabama was sunk and her crew was carried off in a yacht. In 1896, when the old Kearsarhge was wrecked, Secretary of the Navy Herbert of Alabama proposed to Congress that the two new battle ships then authorized, received the names, "Kearsarhge" and "Alabama". The thought of Congress to name the battleships for the historic names is another of those indica- tions which have trod on one another's heels so fast came the memories, tender, not bitter, which none would erase, are all that remain of America's bloody mid-century struggle. The old Kearsarhge won her glory by the destruction of the Alabama and between the Kearsarhge's 13 inch guns was fixed a large bronze bas-relief, the tribute of the people of New Hampshire. The New Alabama battleship was built at the Cramp's Shipyard; had its official trial August 20, 1900, making 17 knots; and went into commission October 16, 1900. In 1901 a silver service was presented to the battleship by the citi- zens of Alabama. There service consisted of punch bowls, punch trays and punch cups, gold lined. So long until next time ........ | i