Don't forget to register to vote

Published 1:39 am Wednesday, January 23, 2008

By Staff
The deadline to register to vote in the Feb. 5 primary is Friday. The deadline couldn't have come at a better time - the same week that we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King was a leader during the Civil Rights movement, and he struggled and sacrificed so people could have the rights they have today.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of freedom and inclusiveness has brought us to where we are today and is embodied by the spirit of voting.
It is important that we take advantage of these rights we have - one of them being the right to vote.
We encourage everyone to register to vote if they haven't already done so.
People fought hard for us to have this right, and we shouldn't pass up the opportunity to vote in the upcoming presidential primary.
Let us remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his struggle throughout the week, and not forget to register to vote.
The Alexander City Outlook
Time for I-85 expansion has long since arrived
State leaders have been talking about the I-85 expansion for several years now. Fortunately, as we reported on Tuesday, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., seems to keep pushing the effort, but he needs some help,
Area residents - yes, this means you - needs to make this an issue that's brought up constantly. It should be discussed at every possible opportunity.
Few things could spark the economy of the Blackbelt long-term as much as having an Interstate connector running through the heart of the area.
With a few exceptions, this area of the state is hurting. It's been without significant economic growth for quite some time.
Shelby noted that he's managed to secure approximately one-tenth the total amount of funds needed for the project, but coming by dollars is difficult, even for a long-time Washington wizard like Shelby.
But the real key, the real driving force behind getting something done about this isn't going to be in getting Shelby to keep plugging away at federal transportation dollars. The key will be getting all of the counties in the Blackbelt to come together and work as one unit.
Our area's biggest strength lies not in our differences, but in our similarities.
The Demopolis Times