Last week was Sunshine Week, and this column probably should’ve run then. Whatever, though. We all get busy sometimes.

Essentially, it’s just a reminder for people to know your rights and to hold your elected officials accountable.

We run the Sunshine Law every Thursday along the right side of the Opinion page, so I’m not going to get into the details so much. At the Times-Journal, we feel that it’s important that you are involved in your local government.

Go to the meetings, get on the agenda and be informed on how your money is being spent and the projects that are being planned.

I’ve spoken before about Fort Payne, and I’ve felt they’ve done a good job of being vocal and up front about what they are doing. They always seem to want to schedule more meetings and have more contact with the public.

We also run each of their contact information throughout the week on the Opinion page, as well. We do the same for Rainsville, too.

So, if there’s something that you read in this issue or any other issue, then go to the next meeting. Call up your councilman or mayor and ask questions so that you can be informed.

One of the best

I lost my grandmother two weeks ago today. I wrote about her previously and about the time I spent with her growing up in Gadsden.

She was the sweetest person and the absolute best cook, but she was also a handful. She would always joke with me and talk smack about all these random ladies that she worked or went to church with.

I miss that, and I think that’s what I’ll remember the most.

She told me this one story that I shared with some family members at her visitation two weeks ago. She worked as a lunch lady at an elementary school in Etowah County, and there was this one woman who continually got on her nerves. She was always trying to blame her for mistakes that she had made, and my grandmother had finally had enough one day.

She said on that fateful morning at 5 a.m. she showed up to work, and she had already taken $500 out of her bank account and put it in her front pocket.

She said that was bail money, and she said if this woman had said one more thing to her she would, “Sock her in the nose.”

I laughed and laughed about that, but she was dead serious. She was a fighter.

The last year of her life was a fight, too. She went in and out of the hospital, and unfortunately she lost that battle two weeks ago.

I think about her every time I have to go to a school, though.

I also think about all the people that probably deserved a good “socking” in the nose.

Bradley Roberts is managing editor of the Times-Journal.

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