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Wow! What an amazing edition of “The Coosa County News” last week! It was loaded with information on so many things and from so many points of view. I’m sorry I was AWOL, but life just presented some opportunities I had to take!
I’m so glad the Town of Rockford and the Rockford Utilities Board have finally reached an agreement on the business license for the town. But, I am not thrilled with looking at an increase in my water bill – and I bet you aren’t either. In comparing my water bill from Rockford Water for my house in Equality to the one from Fayetteville Water for my house off Lay Lake, the minimum charge seems to be $25 per month versus $18.35, respectively. I will not even suggest I understand how water boards operate, but that is a fairly significant difference in my opinion. I don’t think I have ever been charged more than the minimum in Equality and only once more than the minimum at the lake, and that is when we pressure washed the house and I was washing clothes and dishes to pack for the move.
I do understand that Rockford Water has bought out another water system, but the customers on that system were already paying some very high rates for water – plus being charged for any water used by a VFD to fight a fire on their property! But, at the end of the day, we have no choice in the matter except to go back to wells. I would hope that those of us not using the sewer system are not being charged for that since we have our septic tanks to maintain. Maybe this issue has brought up some new questions that need to be asked.
In another article in last week’s paper, there is another “infrastructure” article about a survey on our broadband service. Please go back and make sure you participate in this. “We the people” must speak for ourselves instead of depending solely on elected officials to speak on our behalf.
Thank you to Probate Judge Rick Dean for talking about the upcoming elections in 2022. We have many very important offices that will be on the ballot, and we need to take this very seriously. Certainly we have all now realized – from both sides of the political spectrum – that elections DO have consequences. And, this is at EVERY LEVEL of government, from the mayors of towns/cities up to the president of the United States. Every office has a responsibility within the overall government levels, and we need to take each one with the understanding of the duties of that office versus the experience/values of the people we cast a vote for at each level.
As we can see, the state, county and local governments do not have the ability to protect us from overreaches by the federal government – even though that ability AND RIGHT is established in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. So, when you consider candidates next year, please do your civic and constitutional duties to research each one before voting. You’ll be hearing more on this!
Since I write an opinion column, I am excited to see Rodger Williamson, and I hope you can all find something of interest from each of us. I am also delighted to see “letters to the editor” being sent in. As citizens we should voice our support and displeasure so that our fellow citizens and elected officials can understand the many sides to issues. Please keep those coming in.
In closing, I just want to say how excited I am to be back in the wonderful community of Equality! The place on the lake – and it was still in Coosa County – was my husband’s dream, and I am so glad he had that opportunity. But that was not my dream, and I’m glad to be back in the retirement home we bought over 23 years ago. This is where my memories are, where my friends are, and much closer to my church! I am home.
God bless you all, and please pray for our county, state and federal governments. Prayers are also needed for all our friends and family who are having health issues.