Listening to the candidates

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 21, 2006

To the Editor:

I have been listening to campaign advertisements from different candidates for the District 67 seat and the probate judge position. I sure hope that the citizens of Selma and Dallas County were listening too.

For those of us who keep up with the media – both TV and newspaper – we should know a lie when we hear one.

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State Representative Yusuf Salaam’s opponents – two who are fairly new to our community and unfortunately not yet to what’s really going on in Montgomery -has stated that they want to go to Montgomery to pass bills and that Salaam has not passed a bill in his four freshman years in Montgomery. Not true.

The fact is Salaam may be one of very few first term representatives who has passed two bills his first year on the House of Representatives floor. Those bills were of great significance to our children’s future – they were education bills.

There was also a third bill Salaam passed.

I can remember when Ed Maull was in office for eight years and not one bill was passed. I don’t think Salaam is a part of the Good Ole Boy Network and his critics are determined to run him out of political office. We as citizens should stop listening to loose lips – they only sink ships that have the courage to continue to sail even in the midst of storms. The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they have thrown it away. Truly, to tell lies on another candidate for a vote is not honorable and surely not worthy to represent the people.

I will say this to Salaam and he can believe if he wishes to. You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

God bless America and have mercy on Selma and Dallas County.

Edward King

Dallas County