Thumbs up to AT&T, state Sen. Tammy Irons, D-Florence, and others for working together to secure cellphone towers for Waterloo. Cellphone service has always been spotty to nonexistent in the remote western end of Lauderdale County. This presents a problem for residents, visiting anglers and hunters, and tourists along the Natchez Trace Parkway. A community effort gained the support of local political leaders and helped lead to a solution. AT&T has installed and activated two cellphone towers. Two more towers are planned for the area.
Thumbs up to the generous residents of the Shoals who have started sending contributions to the annual TimesDaily Empty Table Fund for the Salvation Army. The goal this year is to raise $40,000 for the Salvation Army's Christmas and winter assistance programs, which include help with gifts, food and heating bills. Donations may be sent to TimesDaily, Attn: Controller, P.O. Box 797, Florence, AL 35631. Thanks for your continued support of this worthy cause.
Thumbs down to men who tell jokes about women drivers. Despite the stereotype that some men perpetuate, women are much safer as a class of drivers. A recent AP story reported that more women than men now have a driver's license, which should lead to safer roads. And because women are more likely to drive cars than gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, the trend toward more female drivers should reduce fuel consumption and air pollution. Maybe it's time for women to joke about men drivers.
Thumbs up to all the moms, dads, friends and relatives who will show their love by filling our tables with good food on Thanksgiving Day. We can almost taste the yummy turkey, dressing, casseroles, bread, cranberry sauce and pies as the big day approaches. While we can be thankful for the abundance of food let us also be grateful for the people who prepare it for us. Even more important, let's show our gratitude for their efforts and help them clean up when the meal is done.