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PAGE 4 THEFLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010 Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. :. 'Florala, Alabama' A beautiful little town on the border of Alabama and Flor- ida...named for the two states...on a beautiful lake...'Lake Jackson'...named for Andrew Jackson who once camped there with his troops. Beautiful people!! Florala has its share of bitter/sweet memories for me... personally! I was born and raised in Florala. Greenwood Cemetery holds many of my relatives...and friends...who have 'passed on.' Recently...there was such a day...when a 'Florala Icon' was buried... ...Jeanette Nobles Harrison! We met the family at the graveside to pay our last re- Jeanette...and her family! She was a unique delightful soul! She loved people! She was an encourager! We will miss her!! located downtown...just off 'the square.' late walnut sundae! Very appropriate! It is dedicated to those from Florala who risked...and some who gave their lives in battles! THAT'S where they placed the water fountain...and bricks...from the Ladies Clubhouse Rose Garden on the lake! Beautiful! We also noticed the crowds of people enjoying the cool breezes and water on Lake Jackson...AND... ...downtown's antique stores.., to attract the many tour- ists who travel 'back and forth' through the town on their way to the beaches of Florida! We saw your American flags...Paxton! All lined up down Highway 331! Such an added patriotic touch! Florala has many good 'eatin' places' which we have... on many occasions...frequented...such as 'Sara's Big-R'... 'Country Folks Buffet'... and the downtown 'Ranch House Kitchen' (to name a few...there are others)...with old-fash- ioned hand dipped ice cream of my favorite memories!! Bruce and Sandy Nidy, who own the Ranch House Kitch- en plus their daughter, Katy and Lacy Ard offer a complete meal menu...from the fresh salad to the entree! Also...downtown now has beautiful many small towns...which enhances an old town tremen- dously!! I say...'you can't change an old building'...(just keep the roof repaired)...BUT changing the sidewalks helps the im- age completely! Another thing...what other towns have streets and av- enues and boulevards...and turn-of-the-century homes like Florala? In the South...perhaps! It's a joy and pleasure to ride up and down the streets... seeing those well-kept houses with their front porches! ('wish I had a tour bus) THAT shows love...and caring, also! May I add... ...YOU... don't go un-noticed! But...on the brighter side...there is evidence of life...and . concern...and caring! My husband and I visited the new Veteran's Memorial My That place certainly brought back memories...where the old Burgess Drug Store was once located...where you could also buy a cone of ice cream...or a banana split..or a choco- 'Go on anyway'! 'Do the best you can...with what you have...where you are'!! CROSSWORD : From : "Construction began on The Berlin Wall early in the morning : of Sunday, August 13, 1961. It was a desperate - and effec- :;tive - move by the GDR (German Democratic Republic) to stop :.East Berliners escaping from the Soviet-controlled East Ger- : man state into the West of the city, which was then occupied ; by the Americans, British and French. :: Berlin's unique situation as a city half-controlled by Western ::forces, in the middle of the Soviet Occupation Zone of Ger- ::many, made it a focal point for tensions between the Allies ::and the Soviets and a place where conflicting ideologies were !:enforced side-by-side. However, as more and more people in : the Soviet-controlled East grew disillusioned with communism :and the increasingly oppressive economic and political con- ::ditions, an increasing number began defecting to the West. '.By 1961 an estimated 1,500 people a day were fleeing to the :West, damaging both the credibility and - more importantly :- the workforce of the GDR. Soon rumors began to spread : about a wall, and it wasn't long after that those rumors were : made a concrete reality. i. In a masterfully-planned operation, spanning just 24 hours, :.the streets of Berlin were torn up, barricades of paving stones ;were erected, tanks were gathered at crucial places and sub- '. ways and local railway services were interrupted, so that with- ::in a day the West of Berlin was completely sealed off from :.the East. As of that same day, inhabitants of East Berlin and :the GDR were no longer allowed to enter the West of the city "!(including the 60,000 who had been commuters). In response ::to international criticism that such drastic measures inevitably :'drew, the GDR claimed that the barricade had been raised as ;an 'anti-fascist protection wall', and that they had moved to i prevent a third world war. ; The version of the 'Wall' that started life in 1961, was in fact : not a wall but a 96 mile barbed wire fence. However, after this :incarnation proved too easy to scale, work started in 1962 on :a second fence, parallel to the first but up to 100 yards fur- :ther in. The area in between the two fences was demolished :to create an empty space, which became widely known as :"death strip" as it was here that many would-be escapers met :their doom. The strip was covered with raked gravel, making "it easy to spot footprints, it offered no cover, was mined and :booby-trapped with tripwires and, most importantly, it offered : a clear field of fire to the armed guards - who were instructed :to shoot on sight. :. :Editor, ! My family and I would like to take this opportunity to ::thank Buddy Holley and his family for the firework display ;at Lake Jackson on Sunday, July 4th. We very much en- ijoyed the 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks. Thanks to the :igenerosity of this family, our family, along with many oth- Later on even these measures were deemed insufficient and a concrete wall was added in 1965, which served until 1975 when the infamous 'St(Jtzwandelement UL 12.11' was constructed. Known also as Grenzmauer 75 (Border Wall '75), it was the final and most sophisticated version of the Wall. It was made from 45,000 separate sections of reinforced con- crete, each 3.6 meters (12') high and 1.2 (3.9') meters wide, and topped with a smooth pipe, intended to make it more dif- ficult for escapers to scale it. The Grenzmauer was reinforced by mesh fencing, signal fencing, anti-vehicle trenches, barbed wire, over 300 watchtowers, and thirty bunkers... Just to be on the safe side!" You may be wondering why in the world I chose to write about the Berlin Wall seeing as though it's been down for over twen- ty years now. I never re- ally gave it much thought myself until I was sitting in the living room of father and step-mother in early 1997. I saw a rather large rock sitting on a pedestal and asked why it was there and what it was. I was told it was a piece of the Berlin Wall, which I thought was very cool. If I remember correctly, it was about 8 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. It was huge and I knew then that I must have a piece myself. Knowing that they had recently been stationed in Germa- ny, I asked more about it. When the wall came down, people started chipping away at it to get pieces of it for themselves, which is what my father and Phylis did. In the rain I might add. I asked them if they had any others and to my excitement, they said they did. They did say that they didn't have any oth- ers as big as the one that was on display, but I didn't care. My father brought the bag out to me and I was told to pick the one I wanted. I got the biggest one that was in there. I look at my little piece of history as much as I can. It has the consistency of cheap concrete, but my favorite thing about it is the small bit of spray-painted pink and purple graffiti in the upper right hand corner. I'm glad I have it and will be able to pass it down through the generations. The only problem is I have one piece and two children. Looks like it's going to be chipped at again... Letter to the Editor ers, were able to stay at home and enjoy a beautiful fire- work display over Lake Jackson. Again, we say thank you for the time and dedication put into making an enjoyable event for our city. Jeff and Gay Burleson and family Florala LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Florala News welcomes Letters to the Editor All letters will be published as the discretion of the editor and publisher. Information required include: signature, address and phone number. 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