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After my weekend in Mobile for my fifty-second high school reunion, it is great to be back in Coosa County.
There were too many cars, too many people and not enough people I knew or still know in Mobile. It was nice to see the few people I remembered, but that will be my last reunion.
While we may have problems here, we have great and wonderful people in Coosa County. One way to know that is by participating with the Neighborhood Watch meetings that are still in existence. It’s sad to see that several no longer meet or have gone to every other month or quarterly.
The Union Square Neighborhood Watch met this past Monday and had a really good turnout. President Steve Baker has stepped up to carry on the work of Ken Shaw who everyone still misses.
There is no better place to stay in touch with your neighbors, meet new people and find out what is going on than at these meetings. For any of you who do not attend this or any other neighborhood watch group, we got updates from Sheriff Michael Howell, Probate Judge Richard Dean, School Superintendent David Stover, and County Commissioner Unzell Kelley. You can read much more about this in Ruby Johnson’s column in this edition.
A couple of tidbits of news I picked up is that money has been set aside to upgrade the computer system in the County Commission office. This is wonderful news because it will help Amy Gilliland, our county administrator, and her staff be more efficient with the load of information they have to maintain.
From what I heard, they are still working with a mainframe type computer system that went out of style 20 years ago! AND, I heard the agenda for the last meeting was on their website. I haven’t found it, but will be looking for it for next Tuesday’s meeting!
With everything that is going on in the world and here in our own country, I think it is even more important to be part of our communities and county. Who else can we depend on if we have any emergency (the VFD or our neighbor), major damage from storms (VFD, law enforcement, neighbors, and churches), illness (neighbors, family and churches). Many of us don’t have family members close by so we have to help each other and be ready to help others. Get involved if you can and get to know your neighbors.
The news from the Ukraine continues to be bad, and I just wish other countries would do more to help them. They are fighting off the Russians and look like they would really be able to push them out if they had the planes and more equipment to use.
I have developed a very high regard for the Ukrainian leadership and people for their willingness to stand up to defend their own country. After their president called on the United Nations yesterday, I tend to agree that either they need to help Ukraine and stop Russia or close shop and go back to their own countries.
Here in our own country, things just seem to get crazier. Not only our elected officials, but the businesses in our country are trying to go “woke.” Disney has now moved their behind the scenes culture into the headlines by now changing the language that will be banned from being used at its theme parks. What in the world is wrong with boys, girls, men, women, ladies, and gentlemen? We are losing our majority culture to the minorities who think there are 57 genders – but we can’t even mention the only two that are God-given!
I am getting to the end of my patience level with all of this and hope many of you are, also. It’s time to stop doing business with companies that go against our own value systems.
I’ll leave it here for this week. Remember Easter is coming, the King has risen, and our days are numbered. As for me, come on, Jesus!! God bless you all!