Sir, who’s in charge?

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 12, 2006

To the Editor:

After a rewarding week in Orange Beach and a brief visit to the Flora-Bama where I knew a few Dallas County votes could be found, I returned to see the STJ full of news, some good and some bad.

I was elated to read the article about Mrs. Margaret Bentley being appointed by Governor Riley as co-chair of the Black Belt Action Commission. It excited me even more when I saw the big smile on Senator Sanders face signaling his full agreement with the Governor’s choice. It goes to show that people of opposing parties can work together for the betterment of all. I’m sure with Governor Riley’s outstanding support and Senator Sanders and Mrs. Bentley’s leadership, the Black Belt will surely prosper.

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However, when I read Friday’s edition I became very disappointed as I learned about the closing of Vertex Aerospace facility which has been a part of the community for nearly thirty years. It again brought to mind Governor Riley’s trip to China, South Korea and Great Britain, in search of new industry. This is the second company to close this month – the other being Southland Mower. Where does it stop folks? My thirty year service career taught me optimism makes you feel good, realistic thinking wins the war!

I hope “those in charge” had someone working with Governor Riley’s office trying to retain these businesses locally. A word to “those in charge” – watch Wal-Mart. There have been no improvement to the parking lot, the cash registers are not being updated, the facilities are not being improved, the inventory is being reduced and three new Super Centers have been built within a 45 minute drive of Selma. I hope “whoever is in charge” is taking notice. Remember Wal-Mart is the top revenue producer for the city and the county.

Col. Brock Wells

Candidate for Probate Judge