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Page 2 Thursday, November 1, 2012 % Comments by the editor are opinions, reasons, or recommendations... Send your written and signed opinions to the Editor, P, O, Box 480040, Linden, Alabama 36748 In'2008 Barrack Obama talked smoothly and a majority of Americans voted for him for president. We:didn't, because in his smooth talk, he did not tell us one single thing he was planning. Had the rest of America known that he was going to cm funds from Medicare, many would not have voted for him. His foreign policy now has America on the brink of war with the Muslim world. Nobody figured he could do that. We had figured out if Hillary Clinton had become president, she would have started World War III. Obama fooled us all by appointing her as secretary of state. She is responsible for the mess in the Middle East. He is responsible for her. She will still be responsible for World War llI. All that is high politics. Let us all down to what really counts around here. The pricepf a gallon of gas was $1.80 when Obama took o ce. It is now $3.90, more or less. 't That has cut out going to the store3.b buy stuff t every day. Wecan't afford to drive to tbe store every day:,r Then there's something more important to a lot of people. Theprice of a Bud Light went from 40-cents a can to about 90-cents'a can. Folks can't afford but half as much. This is disrupting the Black Belt of Alabama. Maybe the entire state will fall into the economic abyss. One solution may be to allow beer to be purchased with food stamps. The kids are too fat anyway, Says Obama. Thee good president won't mention that behind Michelle's back, or front. She's a chubby chick, now. All'the reckless government spending began Jan. 3, 2007. when the Democrats toOk control of the House and the Senate. That was Harry Reid leading the Senate with Obama in it. Bamey Frank was the speaker of the House. The Democrats used the continuing appropriations bill to continue uncontrolled spending in the last years of Bush' presidency. They, not George Bush, relaxed the housing mar- ket rules and the collapse followed. Obama took office in 2009 and could have stopped the collapse; however, he was not aware of what was happening. When the auto industry collapsed, Obama helped out his friends instead of letting them go through bankruptcy and reorganize and come out strong and competitive. No, he created Government Motors which is con- tinuing to falter and will eventually close down. He apparently thinks there is a bottomless pit full of money that he can order printed and in the future everything will be all right. He went to Harvard and apparently nobody wcho went to Harvard has any common sense. Our current president and former President Bill Clinton did not exhibit any. This election must see the U. S. House and Senate be nm by people with common sense and ability to run this country. That's where the real election must take place. Obama or Romney don't offer us much of anything. We just can't take any more of Obama's pricing gas and But Light too high. Time to vote Obama out. Romney won't be much better but at least he'lt be a change. Four years from now, Sarah Palin will be getting prepared to take office in the White House. When what you are thinking makes you a criminal, Americans everywhere are facing a dismal future. Thinking about a 14 year old girl while communi- cating to a Demopolis officer is why a guy, a total stranger to Marengo County, is going to prison, The Alabama Legislature in its very finite wisdom enacted such a law several years ago. As usual, nobody in the legislature foresaw the consequences of enacting a law which makes a person with thoughts a criminal. .This is a very dangerous Democratic Party law will give ultimate authority o police to imprison you for what you are thinking. If a person can think about a 14 year old girl and be sent to prison, think long and hard, just where will such authority end? :History has showed us who can read. Josef Stalin and:Adolph Hitler and Mao Tse Tung are responsible for over 200,000,000 deaths in Europe and Asia: This is:almost as many people who live in America. :Due to people from the Jewish community in key phces in the national media, most of what we hear and read is about how six million Jews were mur- dered. That's but a drop in the bucket compared to 200 million-killed by the Communists and Nazis. Of course the Jewish people were thinking differ- ently from Hitler, so there was no question about the thoughts in their heads. They needed to be removed. The farmers in Russia and in China were not good Communists so they too needed to be removed. There were at least 80 million in China who were not thinking right, so they had to go. Chairman Mao said remove them and his troops dfd just that. Stalin and Lenin understood Marxist Communism so they followed the blue prints in Russia. How many innocent peasants had criminal thoughts? Estimates from anthropologists push that number over 100 mil- lion people. Just how many were tortured and murdered by these fanatical party members we will never know. We know in America one man is in prison for thinking about a 14 year old girl. That's a start, Democrats. Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler are proud of you. USPS 153-380 ................... ' .............................................................. Editor Publisher I.inden. ~l~lreng~, C.'ount) AhlbtUlla 36748. Postmnster. please send ch~lnges t~l ;iddres~,c~, to .................................................. Office Manager l,intl~*~ Reporter et..tLtblished 187t#. M~lrerlg, o Demt,crMt est~lblished 18RtJ . C,t A..,,~.L (.'u~t didnlt.xl ItJI I a~, ~ Dcn~zr'at-Re~+tl~r. Peri~i~;lls I~o~,tllge p;ud l112.~m~B~t,lis. OIJU[ 1.8 ............................................................,. Production Manager .............................................. """"' Production Assistant Goodloe Sutton Barbara Quinney Jim DeWitt Henry Walters Angela Compton Write Letters of Their Opinions .... Send Your Letter to P. O. Box 480040, Linden Alabama 36748 with disabfifty Letter to the Editor: ment it is the schools responsibility to pro- deserve. Always remember work together, To those who care. vide this One aide for five children that are even if you have to compromise. You will Children with disabilities do have legal placed in three different classrooms is not have so many battles to fight. You will not rights as seen fit by the U.S. government to acceptable by any means. The school may win every battle, but be brave and strong it provide. This is known as IDEA or the use substitutes until they can find a qualified is worth it in the end. Individual with Disability Education Act. applicant, but that is only acceptable for a To those who don't understand why we Everyone has the right to a free and appro- reasonable time period The school systems fight so hard for our children to be inchuted, priate education. Do not assume that your (this is my favorite part), cannot use lack of please listen. Fifty years ago we would have school system knows or understands IDEA. funds as a reason for not providing the nec- been told to institutionalize our children, IDEA-ensures that our children with disabil- essary modifications or accommodations, now that seems wrong. Thirty years ago ities receive the t)pe of education they are The reason for this is that they receive they would have told us just iake them home entitled to. This means that children with funds from the federal government for each and love them (but keep them at home disabilities should be educated in the same child with a disability. Even though the law nobody wants to see them), and non' that setting as others without a disability. This requires the school systems to provide these seems wrong. Eight years ago I overheard can be achieved by having in place accom- children with what they need to be success- someone say that I have unrealistic expecta- modations and modifications, ful in school, there is no law that says a tions for our son. Children like him can't Accommodations and modifications are school must have a football team, a baseball learn to read. Well my son is 14 years old things like a full time Parapro or Aide. spe- team. a band program etc If my child was attends classes in a general education class- cial equipment, adaptive learning supplies attending your school system I would room, and by the way he did learn to read and year round schooling. I am so disheart- remind you of this. He plays the drums in the high school ened that in this day and time parents still My suggestion to these parents or any marching band, He has typical friends and have to fight this battle. School systems that other parent having tssues is to form a par- the children all know and love him. Those still maintain self-contained classroom, ent support group (there is strength in num- are the expectations my husband and I have especially ones that are on another campus bers), educate yourselves on IDEA and con- for our son. To be a happy child with (sending elementary children to a junior tinue putting ),our concerns out there. If all friends doing the things he loves just like high campus because you don't have staff else fails hire an attorney, contact ADAP or every parent wants for a child. We are for the elementary campus ts not accept- (my favorite) contact the Department of extremely fortunate that our son's school able) are not meeting the IDEA. Education in Montgomery. The Board of and principal have embraced including our Segregation is still a thriving practice in Educationis number is (334) 242-9700 and child in ever), aspect. We would like to send the world of disabilities. Shame on you if asks to speak to Thomas Bice Director of a special thank you to the school and corn- your school is still practicing this place- Education or Dr. Mabrey Whetstone munity of Sweet Water for your love and ment. When you isolate an individual or Direction of SpeciaI Education. support. group of individuals it is segregation. If a Last but not least remember all parties child with a disabili~.' needs a full time aide are in a partnership, a partnership to pro- Cathy Ogarek to be placed in the least restrictive envtron- vide each child with the education they Parent and Advocate OLD TIMES BY THE LATE JOEL D. JONES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 4, 1937 in nu I have a letter from a gentleman that reads as follows. "Seeing a copy of a letter from a man that made a trip to Livingston. which I enjoyed very much in The Democrat- Reporter. brought to my mind a trip made from Linden in 1881, which I gwe you a copy of. and hope to see in Old Times." "I left Linden. and passed through Clarke County, and all the way through that county the crops of corn and cot- ton were very good. Crossing the Alabama River at Gainstown. I was in Monroe County. Aleut Mount Pleasant the crops were fine: here I saw the largest crop of sugar cane I ever saw in Alabama. some twenty acres, and very fine." "A few miles below Mount Pleasant I crossed Little River and was in the magnificent county of Baldwin. I drove up to the elegant residence of Major J. D. Dreesbach. a gentleman of the old school, where I stopped for the night and was hos- pitably entertained. The Major was once a resident of Marengo County. and a citizen of Linden. He was a cultivat- ed gentleman and at that time was a member of the State Legislature. I first noticed the peach trees were loaded with fruit, as they were throughout the county. Next day I went to Bay Minette. a station on the Mobile and Montgomery rail- road. a distance of fifty miles. I passed through a fine timber country. Every four or five miles here was a large creek, suf- ficiently deep to float the timber out. None of them were bridged. The water was as clear as crystal, often coming up over the hubs of the buggy wheels." "I passed through the ancient town of Stockton. on the Tensas River. at which there were some extensive mills and many nice residents: I saw schooners. barges, and steam tugs lying at the mills, loading with timber. shingles, etc. Arrived at Bay Minette after mght and unexpect- edly met with several old acquaintances from boyhood, and was kindly cared for by one of them. Mr. Virgil Crawford. who was raised at Choctaw Corner in Clarke County, and who was engaged in business in Bay Minette. I also met Mr. D. C. Byrne and his family. Bay Minette at that time was a live town. two large turpentine distil- leries and a large business in round and square timber, which the railroad encouraged by cheap rates from Bay Minette to Daphne. some 25 miles, through open pine woods, and every pine as far as the eye could see was girded for turpentine." "I left Daphne. and took up for the night eight miles below at Fish River. All along Fish River the woods were alive with men cutting cross ties for the Texas railroads. Next morning, I resumed my journey some fifteen miles to the mouth of Bon Secour through an open pine country, very level, no road to speak of. I got lost and went up to a home to inqmre the way. The lady at this home said she could not tell me the way, but I would come to a house where I could get direc- tions. I found two sights equivalent to four miles. After pass- ing through a thicket, all at once I had a full view of the bay and was at Theresa post office. Mrs. Thomas Miller, post mistress, a pleasant German lady of fine sense and open The late Joel Desaker Jones handed hospitality, where I was feasted on oysters fresh from the beds. and splendid they were. too. The Bon Secour Bay for a mile or so each side, was lined with nice residences and the bay at all times alive with schooners and other sailing crafts. There was considerable trade from Mobile in oysters and fish during the winter months and watermelons in sum- mer. The finest oysters Mobile gets are from the Bon Secour Bay, and the fish are numerous and fine. Each resident had his water front staked off as an oyster plantatlon/They go oyster reefs early in the spring, load their boat's/ind'after sep- arating the reef, oysters are placed evenly on the battoes on the oyster plantation, where they grow rapidly, and from there they are easily taken when ready for market. The water- melon is cultivated extensively. They fertilize the vine with sea weed, which is gathered in winter with much labor. Cotton seed meal has been used to some extent with good results. The crops were nearly all marketed when I was there in July 1881. Melons were selling at the patch for $8 per hun- dred. the average price I was told was $9 per hundred." "I went over to the Shell Banks in a schooner; we had a splendid run down. The Shell Banks are on Mobile point in sixteen miles of Fort Morgan. The roar of the surf on the south beach is heard incessantly. They have fine orchards, good free stone water, and sea breeze all the time." "Baldwin County is 120 miles long and 50 miles broad. Had at that time a fine supply of fine tim- ber. and had considerably more population than was thought." "The county has historic ground. DeSoto fought a great battle near the Alabama River in his march to the Mississippi, and the bones of the slain I viewed, bones by the thousands. The last battle of the Civil War was fought in Baldwin County. I went into the Spanish Fort. were the echoes of the last gun that was fired and died away; where the last human sacrifices was offered up, and the heroes sleep. No dirge save the melancholy bough of the pines where the last Confederate banner trailed in the dust, and her Star of Empire went down forever." I enjoy receiving letters from people who read "Old Times" and appreciate the above letter very highly, but the truth of history demands a contradiction of a statement made in the above letter, to the effect that the great battle between the forces of DeSoto and the Indians, at Maubila, was in Baldwin. It is a well established fact, from the Spanish and Portuguese writers who accompanied DeSoto's expedition, that the great battle was west of the Alabama River, and that DeSoto's command was never in Baldwin County.The bones the gentleman mentions must have been left there at a much later period that of DeSoto's pilgrimage, 340 years ago. Bones exposed to the weather, on the surface of the ground, would disappear entirely with half that time. l am under the impression that the bones the gen- tleman viewed, were probably bones left from the Fort Sims massacre, in 1813. which was located in Baldwin County. So long until next time. The Red Barn Restaurant Lounge Great Steaks Great Seafood Great Atmosphere Party Room Av ilabIe Hwy 80 Demopolis 89-0595