- Cullman, Alabama

August 21, 2012

LETTER TO EDITOR: Verna Hammons needs 'reality check' about Cullman

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Miss Hammons, it’s time for a reality check on your attitude toward the City of Cullman and the people who were elected to run this great city.

First of all, I want you to know first-hand we have a very professional police department, especially Chief Kenny Culpepper and the officers who work with him. Last year the City of Cullman saw first-hand what they are really made of, if by chance you remember April 27, 2011 — the day the EF-4 tornado paid us a visit. Chief Culpepper and the officer put it all out on the line for us. They made rescues that saved people’s lives and worked very long hours with very little sleep for a long period of time for us.

Let’s not forget our outstanding Fire and Rescue Department, our great Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, the state of Alabama police force, the National Guard, and the City of Cullman employees in which every one of them stood tall and stepped up to the plate for us.

Most of all our mayor, Max Townson, and the city council, who weren’t afraid to step up to the plate for us. They had to make split-second decisions that affected all of us. They did an outstanding job and still are doing an outstanding job for us.

Now let’s get down to business. You really have no right to knock our police department and other law enforcement agencies. I don’t know where you get off by giving out your personal cell phone number and having people bad-mouthing them. It is not right.

Furthermore, taking on The Cullman Times newspaper. Even though they took a pretty good hit from the tornado, they still helped us out anyway they could. They also kept us informed on what was going on during the aftermath of the tornado.

By the way, bashing Bill Morgan (publisher) and Trent Moore (reporter) is not right. They are just doing their jobs. Both of them had nothing to do with you going on the Jerry Springer show and becoming a punch-out artist. That was your decision.

It would be nice if you really knew what is really going on in the City of Cullman, with Duck River and other projects, which are very important to us.

Most of all, you need to know how to treat people with respect and dignity. Let’s not forget to treat them like human beings.

Eugene R. Phillips