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Page 2 Thursday, December 15, 2016 EDITORIALS Comments by the editor are opinions, reasons, or recommendations. Send your written and signed opinions to the Editor, P. O. Box 480040, Unden, Alabama 36748 Northeastern Democrats are now claiming the Russians ridded around on the intemet to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming pres- ident of the United States. True or not, we don't blame the Russians if they did. America could riot survive the incoherent babbling the little Miss Piggy. Also, if America didn't survive, neither would Russia. Thank you Russia for helping us, if indeed you did. More than half of the women who voted voted for Donald Trump. It boils down to Hillary just wanting to satisfy her ego. Nothing else, just to be the first. Again, thank you Russia, or God, or who- ever cut out the little fat oinker. Coming into the Christmas season - that is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ -- people fred that the sparkle in children's eyes refect what Jesus taught. Jesus taught, love! Among the Jewish establishment folks, Jesus was a radical teacher, a prophet teach- ing more than the Torah. He taught love! Must have been a contemporary flower child back then. He related to the lower income people, but he allowed audiences with the rich, too. So us ordinary Americans need to give a little to the people who need something for Christmas. The magicians from the east brought gifts to Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They knew this was somebody special. Today's equivalent would be jewelry and Chanel No. 5. .... " we have a hiirnan equivalent ' to Jesus. It surely isn't Hillary! Having seen game camera photographs of in everybody's back yard. bear in Marengo County, talk centers on the Bears will eat anything a raccoon will eat one seen around Magnolia and Octagon. but just a lot more of it. Bears will eat the Our suggestion is to not try topet one but raccoon, too. to shoo it away. It is also highly recom- When, not if, one shows up in your yard, mended that you do not kill one of these don't feed your pets outside. Hold your furry creatures which are spreading into our table scraps inside until the garbage truck area. runs, or smokey or teddy will be in your Wait until they are as plentiful as alliga- garbage cart hunting supper. tors and then every hunter can shoot one or Bears are peacefrul critters most of the two. time, so don't get between a mom and her We remember when a white tail deer was cubs. She will eat you. an oddity in Marengo County. Now they are A Suggestion Write A Letter To The Editor 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 transmitted letters Write your opinions, sign your name, and mail your letter -- original with name. .. J USPS 153-380 Published evea'y Thursday at The Deanocrat-~ at 201 wet A .... 3 ,48 Editor-Publisher Goodloe Sutton Pgmmastea' please ~nd changes of addre.,w.e~ to: P. O. Box 480040 Linden Alabama 36748 Telephone 3341813-~144. Linden Reporter eatablished 1879. 1Va,arengo 12m .... tab- Production Manager Henry Walters 1889. C~lldatcd 1911 ~ 'rh ~lxlocxat-P-~eporter. Pe,iodiea~ lxmage imid at Demotx~lis. Alabama. Composition Brittany Phillips In Ibqu~engo, Clarke, Choctaw, S~, ~ne, Hale Peary, . ]Dallas. and Wilcox Counties, mmual gubscrit~ons ~e $35.00. Offi ce Administrat r George Bley Out~k~ ~ $60.00. FOUNDA11ON FOR EOONC EDUCA ON How poverly was beaten 44 By Law nceW. Reed implement work qui nnents, wodd's hight per #ta income President of the Foundation for lime lhni , and other measures to attheendof ecen j.Thepover- E&lcafion encomage personal responsibility, ty that remained stood out like the We 'e become accustomed to As Ronald Reagan observed, "We prov sore thumb because it think of poverty-fighting as a 20th fought awar onpoverty, andpover- was now the exception, no longer Century undertaking, with the fed- ty won." the rule. Our free and self-reliant eral govemmem leading the way. We paid m awful price in lives spawned so many private, For that reason, this quotation from and treasure to learn some things distress-relieving initiatives that anAnzficanixesidentmightcome that the vast majority ofAmericans American generosity became one asasulprise: of the 19th century-and the chief ofthe marvels of the w dd. The lessons of history, con- executives they elected--could U~q. lx~mlation in 1900, at 76 firmed by the evidencehave plainly told us: Government million, was 14times its 1800 ly before me, show conclusively welfare programs encoulagedidle- level, yet per capita GDP had that continued dependence upon hess, broke up families, produced quadrupled. That explosion in p~ relief induces a spiritual and m al inlergenerafional and duction and creativity, translated disintegration fundamentally hopelessness, cost taxpayers a for- into a gigantic leap for average per- destmctive to the national fiber. To tune and yielded harmful cultural sonal income and a steep phmge in dole out relief in this way is to trends that may sill take genera- the ponion of Americans living in admires' ter a narcotic, a subtle . tions to cure. abject poverty. destloyer of the human spirit. It is Washington, Adams, and their In a speech in the U.S. House of inimical to the dictates of sound successors in the !800s did fight a Relaeg latives years before he policy. It is in violation of the tradi- war oi1 povelx'y--the most ~ becanle otu" fol~th ~, Jan~ tionsofAmetica, lm eandeffe0iveevexmomled Madison declined, "Charity is no Those words came fromby any central government any-" part of the legislative duty of lhe Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his where. It was, in a word, h'tLmy, gove rm t." Like Ihe three pmsi- State of the Union Address on which meant things like self- dents before him and the next 20 or January 4, 1935. A moment later, reliance, hard work, entregemmr- so afier him, MMison knew that if he declared, "The Federal ship, the institutions ofcivil society, libeay were not preserved, poverty Government must and shall quit a strong and flee economy, and would be the least of our troubles. this business of relief." government confined to its consti- Meanwhile,the poor of viltually Asweknow, it didoL Indeed, 30 tutionalroleastrmeOxJrofh'berty every other nation on the planet years later Lyndon Jolmson would by keeping the peace, were poor because of what govern- take"this business of relief' to new And what a poverty ran meats were doing to them, often in and expensive beights in an otf d libeay proved to be! ln spite of a the name of doing something for "War on Poverty." Another 30 honen& civil war, halfadozen tben taxing and mgulating them yews and than $5 trillion in economic downtums and wave into pentry; seizing their protmty welfare spending, later, a after wave of impoverished inmai- arid businesses; pea cu g them president signed a bill grants, An ca progressed from for their th; torturing and killing that replaced the federal entitlement near-universal poveay at the start them because they held views dif- to welfare and allowed states to of the centmy to ~ reach of the ferent from lhose in power. OLD TIMES BY THE LATE JOEL: D, JONES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEF~'F.MBER 11,1941 Henry Ashby WooW, one of the men who ever lived, passed in 1879 One Tuesday of October, 1879, some of the best n'zn that ever liyed in Linden, Hemy Ashby Woolf, passed from earth, after a life full to overflowing with noble, gemams and useful deeds. His father was born Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here he grew to mankxxt a the time when that state was budding into its maidhood. He was early mawied to a Miss Cook, and soon ttmeafler lefi his home among the Blue Glass to better his fomme in lhe great tmit of tbe Southwest After a careful 'search for loc ;, he tins y a M for lifg tlie spring of 1819 ~xmt six miles ~ ~, on-the ro, l to Dayton. Here be remd a belonged the subject of our sk h, his son, Heray Ashby Woolf. In those prove days educational advantages were small; but such as they were, they were ulilized to the fullest extent.As soon as the "old field school" days were over, Mr.Woolfchose the hw as his pro- fession,and was admitted to the har at the time when Wren,Anderson, Mamin , Brooks, Clarke and oth- ers famed a galaxy of legal talent, raely equaled and never smlmssed. Undaunted by this away, he won his way upward in spite of the obstacles that hy in his path. Fully did hehis dmy and manfully did be perform it. He was bom on his father's plantation in Marengo County, on the 24th day of April, 1826.He was educed at thecounlry school, and hw at the in Linden, and was admitted to the har in the spring of 1851. It is diffacult to write of Mr. Woolf in a way to do full justice to his Fulsome praise is often as unjust to thedead, as tmedted atme, and it is hard to speak Iruthfuily of our fiiends, without laying our- selves liable to the ch,x, ge of being keenly alive to their virtues, and willfully blind to their faults. Mr. Woolf was a man who despised flattery in all its ftmn, and if he could have expressed a wish, it would have been, that if, after his death, any one should undertake to write of him, that he would write and troy. A fllend told me that he talked to Mr. Woolf, along this subject, and Mr. Woolf said that, "amm dead or alive let the Imth be told" He lived at home and devoted himself to his family, to his business and to the interest of his friends. He was a good hwyer. What he knew, he knew thoroughly and well. He had that high order of common sense, which him to ,:iate my the diffacul of every question ptesmed to him, and if he did not u dmtand it, he would seek the best infonmtion to inform himself, hence it was seldom be lost contact. But it was not in the ,that Mr.Woolf's greamess as a lawyer was shown. As an advisory counsel, be was the very best, for he enuld untangle innicate accounts, reconcile diffacdties, adjust dif- ferences, and settle disputes wonderful skill and ability. Pld~ly no man ever did more towards down igaiou resm,ing r ce quiet of the con-anunity. This was because the whole people misted him, md always yielded to influence and advice. When we add to this, that the lXX and defenseless never appeaht to him in vain, but always received help, we Iherefore called him a greatlawyer: As a Mason, Mr. Woolf stoodhigh the order. He was Master of St.Albans Lodge for many years anql. filled the offxe with credit to himself, and to tbe entire salisfaction of his associates. In 1867 he joined, the Baptist Chumh at l.Jnden and at once became one of the leading members. He relzatedly represented his church in the associations. From youth he had been a man of high moral worth and o,b e/ m say fiis .. "'Godly walk and prighl character:' As a netgll or he had the confidentz and respect of all who knew him. "Know yet not" sakt King David, in the depth of his sorrow, "that there is a pdnce and a great man fallen this day in lsrael.T While submiUing to the decrees of Him who doeth allthings well, mourn- fully utter the smae words, for he was a great prin . and a great man mmg his pe0ple, and they weep over his grave. We have before written in' ld Ttmes" aboutthis great man; but we like to keep the record of such men before the present gemmtion, so that some of the boys may coMuet themselves so as to he as great as this grand old man. Lee W'tlkerson died at Linden, Felxu, y 7,1880, a young man well beloved by those who knew him best. Having lost his father during tbe war baween the North and the South, and his molMr shoaly alkrward, he was left with two sisters, one ameae dm,,hm mt on him for support A 0x,u weae lef without a falMr, mother, home, or any of the comfom ttmeof, yet, the kind people of Lindm them, tee ol ined an educa- tion for aboyofhis age; suff ent at least, to enable him to enter the pnnting office ofW. H. Gtmt, whne he con- nued to nprove self and mty offered. When own o of empty- of Mr. Grant's paper, Lee Labor. Whe er he wo don e fmn, t pe, or fi ed a ck k's position, there was none to complain of his want of attention to The late business, Iris updght- Joel Desaker Jones hess, or honesty. He was a ldnd and affec- tionate brod , a faithful and devoted friend, a good and worthy citizen. For a few months before his dealh he was employed by the office of the Linden Reporter. Five days before he cancelled his last debt, be stood with me at the type case. He had been a long patient mfferer, and no murmur escaped him marl a few days before he was stricken down, when he remarked to me that be rather die than be afflicted as he was. He was about 30 yems of age, and Md lived in and mind Linden most all of his life. He was a Mason, being a rmmber of St. Allmn's Lodge, and the nmn of this fraternity followed his remains to the grave, where he was buried with Masonic Hom ,thne to await the m of the Grand Mamr above, in that celestial lodge not made with hands eternal in the Heavens. So long until next time .......