- Cullman, Alabama

November 5, 2012

Vote yes on ‘land’ amendments

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — There are two amendments we will be voting on in November that I would like to address and encourage you to vote for. The first amendment I am concerned about is Amendment No. 1. This is the Alabama Forever Wild amendment. This amendment sets aside some of the revenue generated from offshore drilling royalties. These funds are used by Forever Wild to set aside and preserve lands for recreational use in Alabama, such as, hiking, canoeing, camping, bird watching, fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor activities. Some 227,000 acres have been set aside and preserved by Forever Wild through their commitment and efforts. These lands will be there for our grandchildren, their children, and future generations to enjoy.

Those of us, who enjoy being out in nature and enjoying some of our God's beautiful creations, cherish these mountains, lakes, streams, forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. I don't know of anyone who would not enjoy and benefit from getting away from the confines of pavement, shopping malls, and urban development, or taking in the beauties of the changing fall colors in the woods, a flowing stream, a beautiful waterfall, or observing our abundant wildlife in its natural habitat instead of at the zoo.

Passage of this amendment won't cost us taxpayers a penny. It will only keep our politicians in Montgomery from robbing this fund and redirecting it to who knows what type of project they might wish.

The next amendment I am concerned about is Local Amendment No. 1-Sec 16. This amendment will give the local system the right to manage and utilize lands that were set aside many years ago for the school systems. These lands are being managed and are presently under the control of the state. Both Cullman County and Cullman City schools will each benefit from having control of the use of these lands.

Our students, teachers, and administrators all could sure use the extra benefits that the passage of this amendment could bring about. Again, passage of this amendment won't cost taxpayers one cent. Let's give our young people what they deserve. Vote, "Yes," on this amendment.

Gene Crutchfield