Thumbs up to the city of Florence for considering changes that would increase enforcement of parking violations downtown and hopefully open up more spaces for customers. Part of the problem is people who use a spot all day. The city Finance Committee voted Wednesday to recommend an increase in fees and fines, installation of electronic meters and the use of hand-held electronic readers that could create a database of people who have not paid their fines. One caution: Don't raise fees so much that it discourages customers.
Thumbs down to state lawmakers in Georgia for trying to squeeze the state of Tennessee into giving up water from the Tennessee River. The Georgia General Assembly is working on a resolution that would ask Tennessee to grant access to the river in exchange for Georgia acknowledging the current boundary as the official border between the two states. Officials in Georgia argue that a boundary agreed upon in 1818 would extend their state's border to the river. Georgia needs to take care of its own water needs. The river is too important to the Tennessee Valley to let metro Atlanta siphon away this resource.
Thumbs up to Franklin County Emergency Management Agency officials for plans to add four severe weather sirens and two safe rooms. The additions will be paid for through the Hazardous Mitigation Grant. EMA Director Roy Gober said the county will have 29 sirens and five community safe rooms in rural areas in addition to sirens within the municipalities. After the tragic tornado of April 2011, it is good to see the county expanding the number of sirens and safe rooms.
Thumbs up to Silver Airways for being named the 2013 Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World, a global airline industry magazine. Silver Airways has been providing daily flights between Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals and Atlanta since Oct. 1. The magazine honor came because of the airline's growth and achievements, as well as its contributions to elevating the regional aviation industry.