Opionion pieces published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during March 2000 included:

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

March 1, 2000


What does Pike Co. Commission have to hide?

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Monday night Pike County Commissioners cast secret ballots for their selection of a new emergency management director, violating the spirit of Alabama’s "sunshine laws" intended to provide the public with the right to know.

March 2, 2000


Reduction in crime will require working together

More crime on our city’s streets, evidenced by the numerous reports in recent weeks, means that the Troy Police Department’s decision to re-instate community watch programs makes more sense than ever.

March 7, 2000


Forward-thinking projects spell good things to come

It isn’t hard to see that good things are happening in Troy and Pike County as the new century dawns.


Newspaper was right to oppose

county commission’s shenanigans

The Troy Messenger is to be commended for its courageous news coverage and editorial about the recent shenanigans of Pike County Commissioners who cast secret ballots in a public meeting. The public depends on news reporters to monitor and report what goes on in public meetings.

March 12, 2000


Early warning system will make lives safer

In keeping with the times, the City of Troy is nearing the completion of its warning siren system, meaning residents will be a little bit safer in the future.

March 15, 2000


Pike Co. Commission takes step forward

The Pike County Commission made a move in the right direction Monday when members voted to seek an Attorney General opinion regarding whether or not a County Commission can take a ballot vote in an open meeting.

March 28, 2000


Commission continues to protect its secrets, failing duty to public

A month after first coming up with a three way tie, the Pike County Commission finally named the county’s new Emergency Management Agency Director, but still has not revealed the results of a secret ballot vote taken more than a month ago under highly questionable circumstances.

Column: Beth Lakey

Though he’s almost a doctor, he’s still my ‘baby brother’

This time of year in 1976 I was awaiting a special event ­ the birth of my brother.

March 30, 2000

Column: Fran Sharp

Spring break was short but memories last a long time

Spring has sprung right into my head and out my nose, but aaaaaahhh spring. What a wonderful season and the memories it does bring.