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Local vets honored at church program

It seems the River Region Honor Flight program has generated a wellspring of recognition for our remaining World War II veterans.

On July 8, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery sponsored a patriotic celebration and invited all the past WW II honor flight members to attend.

Several of our hometown heroes attended and were treated royally by the enthusiastic crowd. Pete Edwards, US Army, Willard Huff, US Navy, Francis Waters, US Army, Bill Sellier, US Army, Calvin Frith, US Navy, Winfred Brown, US Navy and Charles Yoho, US Army Air Corps represented Selma at the celebration.

There could possibly be more that I’m not aware of at this writing. Individual recognition of each WW II veteran in attendance was made.

In political matters around our area and state, the primaries are over and only the general election in November remains to effect any change. Don Chamberlain (R ) will attempt to wrestle the predominately Democratic Congressional District 7 seat from Selma native Terri Sewell (D ). It will be an uphill battle for Mr. Chamberlain and one he will likely lose.

Our state representative for District 67 changes hands to newcomer Darrio Melton. Also, our state Senator Hank Sanders, Senate District 23, floats back in practically unopposed and uncontested.

After the primaries, it begs to be answered whether this severely depressed area has improved its chances or not at securing jobs for the extremely high unemployment here. It remains to be seen what Mr. Melton and Ms. Sewell bring to the table, but hopefully jobs.

The governor’s race should generate a lot of interest with Republican Dr. Robert Bentley pitted against Democrat Ron Sparks. We know who the Alabama Education Association supported or shall I say campaigned against during the primary. Who will find favor in the general election with the all powerful AEA?

Mr. Sparks’ adamant support for opening up the state to gambling establishments should present a choice for many voters who oppose it.

The pro-gambling argument always seems to center on the revenue produced and completely ignores the societal problems it creates. These gambling establishments prey on the working class and poor for their enrichment and to buy political influence.

Listening to the politicians, you would think they were being run by choir boys and no one walked away losing their pay checks or life savings. In case any one needs reminding, the house machines are programmed to take your money.

James G. Smith is a local columnist.