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rmm t- r rr Page . 2 Thursday, October 19, 2 017 Comments by the editor are ol nions, reasons, or recommendations. Send your written and signed opinions to the Editor, P. O. Box 480040, linden, A abama 36748 Some 20 years ago, watching profes- vmu Conservative Headquarters California copies South Carolina siohnal football became as much fun as watching professional wrestling live on Channel 5. That was the Mobile channel we could get on our black and white and fuzzy gray tele- vision set in the 1950s. The wrestlers put on a good show. Football players put on a good show, too. Some of the news programs are making a big to-do about black football players kneel- ing in the stadiums. That's what black folks were taught to do two hundred years ago, kneel before a white man. Is that it? Let them kneel! George Ras/ey tutional and delrimental to its sov- CHQ Ed/tor ereign interests, it would have the "If we were wrong in our con- right to "nullify" that law within its test, then the Declaration of borders. Independence of1776 was a grave LLke the leaders of today's mistake and the revolution to Califomh, Calhoun advanced the which it led was a crime. If position that a state need not be Washington was apatriot; Lee can- bound by the laws passed by not have been a rebel. Congress. -Wade Hampton 11I However, when South Carolina Confederate General mad Post- sought to nullify hffs passed by Reconslruction Democratic Congress for the imposing of Govemor of South Carolina duties and imposts on the impom- h the Leftist fever to remove tion of foreign commodities any symbol associated with lbe President Andrew Jackson issueda Confederate side of tile Ameriem lengthy rebuttal of South Civil War it is Andrew Jackson Carolina's ordinance of nullifica- beyond comical that yesterday, tion in which he made the point California's liberal Democratic that "I consider, then, thepowerto Governor Jerry Brown joined the annul a law of the United States, Confederacy and signed laws that assumed by one State, incompati- in effect nullify federal law by plac- ble with the existence ofthe Union, ing sharp limits on bow private contradicted expressly by the letter individuals, cottxrations and state of the Constitution, unauthorized and local law enf t agen- by its spifit, inconsistent with every cies can cooperate with federal principle on which It was founded, immigration authorities, and destructive of the great object California's actions are highly for which it was formed." reminiscent of the actions of the Jackson's Proclamation South Carolina legislature when it Regarding Nullification, issued passed the so-called South ber10,1832 is worth a read Carolina Ordnance of Nullification for its eloquent defense of the on November 24, 1832 Constitution and for the supremacy According to theories pro- of our federal system of govern- pounded by South Carolina's ment over the political whims and Senator John C. Calhoun, the fed- conceits of a small group of actors era government only existed at the within any one state. will of the states. Therefore, if a But what really made President state found a federal law unconsti- Jackson's Proclamation stick was not his eloquently argued brief-- it was his commitment to upholding the Constitution, by force if neces- sary. To deter the nullifiers from attacking the Unionists in their midst, Jackson warned a South Carolina cong/esmaan lhat "if one drop of blood be shed there in defi- ance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first I can find." When Robert Hayue ventured, "I don't believe he would really hang anybody, do you?" Hart Benton replied, "Few people have believed he would hang Arbuthnot and shoot Ambrister... I tell you, Hayne, when Jackson begins to talk abont hanging, they ' can begin to lonk out for ropes!" A weaker ~ might have allowed the Union to dissolve before it reached the half-century mark, but Jackson's acknowledged toughness staved-off civil war for almost 30 years. Proclamations and ordinances passed establishing so-called sanc- tuary dries and sanctm states are the 21st century versions of South Carolina's 19th cenlmy ordinance of nullification, and should be dealt with as President Jackson did -- first by constitulional argument and then by exerdsing the political will to assert federal authority to enforce the hws Congress passes. Sometimes soon, the Ivy League estabish- Not that cows are super smart, (one veteri- ment which runs (or ruins) this country will narian said the only thing dumber than a have us set our clocks back one hour. cow is a rock) milking time routines have to They have dubbed it Daylight Savings be changed to suit the folks in the wholesale Tune. and retail sales of that milk It is nothing but a bother to us. To others, Maybe dairy farmers have gotten that it is a disastrous disruption of daily routines, worked out so that the cows are not distresed It may be a convenience for bankers and and milking time stays the same. bureaucrats. The other group that gets upset is the Just how many of them have to go about preaching profession. They have to do their their homes resetting all those digital clocks thing at early or later times twice a year. and the regular clocks that hang on the wall? Can Halloween be far behind the commer-. Churches have gotten in on the All cials for Amenca s most expemave holiday. Hallows Eve celebrat|on, which is about rec- Candy, costumes, anti-lights make the. ognizingthe hallowed saints among us. event a thrill for little children, make that Not too long ago only devil worshippers young children! celebrated Halloween. Write Letters of Their Opinions .... Send Your Letter to P. O. Box 480040. 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Name not included due to intim- Foundation condemn in the We have anewblog featmehere idation Have 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 electronically transmitted letters. Write your opinions, sign your name, and mail your letter -- original with name. Published every Thtwsday at 'rim Democrat-~ at 201 West Third Avenue, L2nde~, ~ County. Alabama 36748. Postmaster, pl~ send changes of addresses tO: P o 48oo4o. Edit0r-Publisher G00dloe Sutton 334/813-5444. Lind~a R~ =tablished 1879. Marengo Dcamxa'at =tab- Production Manager Henry Walters 1889. Conso~ 1911 as ~ l~maoerat-Re~. Periodicals postage paid at Demopolis,Alabama. = ,=- CompositionErica Hayes In M.amngo, CIm~. Oaoctaw, Sumtor, Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas. aad Wilcox C~. annual subscriptions m~e $35 DO. OLD TIMES BY THE LATE JOEL D. JONES ORIGINALLY PUBUSHED AUGUST 13, 1942 James B. Wooif, was born near Bowling Green, .Kentucky, where be grew to manhood, at the time when that state was budding into its maidenhood. He was early married to a Miss Cook and soon thereafter left his borne in the Blne Grass for a better location in the great ten'itory of the Sotahwest. He first settled ne~ Port Gibson, in the territory of Mississippi. Here he remained only a few years, and then moving again in the spring of 1819 and settled for life about six miles East of Linden, on the Dayton mad. Here his energy and thrift gave him a and his talents won him a high position among his neighbors. Here, too, he reared a family that for years were held in great esteem by the peo- ple of this part of couna'y. To that family belonged Hon. Henry Ashby Wooif, who in early life won the Laurels in his reach and the favor of all which he came over, be chose the law as his profession, and was admitted to the bar at Linden, where he settled for life. He fully understood his duty as a lawyer, and manfully did he perform it. like Robert E. Lee, the key note of his life was duty, clearly known and vig- orously pursued. He was born on his father's plantation east of Linden, on the 24th day of April, 1826, and died at his residence in Linden on the 23rd day of Oct., 1879. He married Miss Frances Gholson. "She was well known as her for the many virtues she andthe bounteous hospitality she displayed to his and her own large circle of friends." "By thek fluit ye shall know them" says the holy book. By the golden fruitage ofa happy maviage he and his estimable wife will be long remembered by the people of Linden and Marengo County. The children of his family were: several daughters and one son, Wonif, who was born May 20, 1853, at Linden and was educated in the com- mon schools of Linden; ended the Kentucky University, 1869-71 but did not graduate. He began the practice of law in Linden in 1881, and in 1892 he was elected to the Legislature in 1888, and again in 1900, and to the State Senate in 1902. he was again elected to the House of Representatives in 1906. He, as allthe Woolf family, was Mission Baptist.He was also, a Mason and Knight of Pythias. He married, first January 8, 1879, Miss Fanny Pickering, and bom to them were three chil- dren, John King Woolf, and the names of the other two I do not remember. After his first wife's death, The late Joel Desaker Jones he man'ied on August 26, 1996, Mrs. Sadie (Henly Lyon) of Demopolis. He made Demopolis his home until after the death of his last wife, when he made his home with one of his daughters near Forkland, in Greene County, where he died, and was buried at Dayton. Miss Eula Wooif, a daughter of Hon. Henry Ashby Woolf, married Judge Wdliam Ctmninghame on January 31,1888. Judge Cunninghame came to Linden from his home in Clarke County, to accept the position as chief clerk in the probate office, under Judge James Taylor, which position he held until Judge Taylor resigned when Judge Cunninghame was appointed io fill the unexpired term. Judge Ctmninghame served as probate judge until the first of December 1892. While in the pro- bate office he read law and was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of hw, and succeeded in the profession until his death a few years ago. He organ- ized the Marengo County Bank, and was its presi- dent until his health gave way, and he was com- pelled to retire from active busi- ness, and the bank was con- solidated with the First National Bank. Cuuninghame died Sunday rooming August 2, 1942, and was laid to rest in the family plot in Cemetery. She was the last of the Henry Ashly Wonlf family, leaving to moum her passing five daughters and one son. She was bum February 22, 1865, in Linden, where her entire life was spent, being 77 years. She was a member of Umden Baptist Church, which she joined in early life and was one of its most faithful and devoted mem- bers. When the end came,there went out a great soul to be with her heavenly father and her loved ones who had preceded ber in death. Her inflnence extended even unto the uttermost parts of the world for she was a ftrrn believer in the great Commission and gave liberally of her means, time, talents and irrflu- ence that the canse of Christ might be made known to all men. She loved the beautiful and ever sought to push any movement that would improve the community. The close relatives and many many friends will gratly miss her but our loss is heaven's gain. Her gentle spirit and influence will live on in the lives of those closest to her and may the life she lived ever be a challenge to those left behind. SO long until next time.