August 8, 2013 Issue


Veteran feels cities should obey proper flag protocol

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor: As a 31 year Navy veteran, I am writing regarding the inappropriate flying of the U.S. flag at half-staff at the Wrens police and fire station.

While I understand the mourning for the death of a city police officer, authorization to fly our flag at half-staff at public buildings rests only with the President of the United States, or the Governor of a state.



Although there are no sanctions with violation of this flag code, the act of indiscriminate local flying the flag at half-staff leads to trivializing this act when deserved.

My second concern is the officer did not die in the line of duty. He was riding his motorcycle as a private citizen in Augusta and struck and killed a pedestrian. According to the investigator’s statement on the local news, he was traveling well over the 35 mph speed limit. Had he been a civilian he would not be honored, but his family and estate may have been liable for vehicular manslaughter.

I wholly empathize with the sorrow felt by family, friends and colleagues as I too have lost brothers in arms. However, the flag code was developed to display the proper respect to the flag and the nation and needs to be followed.


Ralph Pritchard, CMDCM(SS) USN(retired)

Wadley citizens need help

We need help in Wadley.

I, Eleanor Gilmore Rembert, (known as EL), was at Shake Rag Wednesday, July 31 at 1:45 p.m. to buy a News and Farmer and had two green lounge chairs on my truck. Someone took/stole one.

I called the Wadley Police Department and the officer wrote up an incident report.

When I went to city hall I was insulted by Mayor Herman Baker and Sally Adams. Now, enough is enough. I am a citizen of Wadley and retired.

We need someone in office to help us, the people, all the people, black and white. Do you feel me?

Wadley needs help right now.

There’s a reward if you come forward with information as soon as possible.

Child of God

Eleanor Gilmore Rembert

Memories of a DQ girl

What a sad day indeed to see the recent demolition of the Cliff Martin Dairy Queen. Even though the building sat unused for years and was deteriorating, it still hurt my heart to see it go.

Oh, what wonderful memories I have of that place. I was a “Dairy Queen Girl” throughout all of my school days. Seeing who was out and about, spending quality time with your friends, learning to count back change, taking pride in making the perfect ice cream cone with a curl on top, learning valuable customer service skills, getting to eat anything you wanted for free, meeting the neatest people traveling Highway One in the summertime, seeing the first microwave in the city of Wrens, working with dear, older women that loved me and taught me about life, and being paid to do it. Wow!

“Miss” Jean was good to her girls. She worked our schedules around basketball practice, literary meets, ball games and special dates. What a privilege to have been a part of her world. She and Mr. Cliff always made me feel special. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to “grow up” under their guidance.

The Dairy Queen of Wrens may be gone, but it certainly will not be forgotten.

Susan Williford Lamb

Support the Fair Tax Act

“The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform.” This is the opening sentence in a piece published by THE HILL, a Washington DC on-line newspaper. Re-read that first sentence.

Our senate is so corrupt its members don’t want their name connected with the sordid “tax deals” they have made in the past. It can’t be because they would be embarrassed or ashamed. They are incapable of such. They are afraid that we, their voting constituents, might find out just who the corrupt are and vote them out.

Many congressmen are so intoxicated on the power that comes with the IRS and the tax code the congress doesn’t govern effectively.

This couldn’t happen if the FairTax Act were adopted. This proposed tax legislation has been before congress for over 10 years but never even considered. With the FairTax there are no loop holes; absolutely no opportunity for crooked deals by elected congressmen. Its passage would annihilate the IRS too.

Educate yourself about the FairTax. Contact your congressman; demand its passage.

The corrupt congress is bringing our nation to ruin.

Glen E Terrell
Arlington, TX


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