So we understand the problem in the Limestone County town of Athens. Our concerns in these matters are similar.
But a “grease festival”?
There’s really no way to play nice about this: holding the “Athens Grease Festival” is a bad idea. It’s not the effort to bring people downtown that stinks; it’s the unfortunate play on words — Athens ... Greece ... grease ... we get it — that does nothing but mock Alabama’s epidemic of weight-related health problems.
This year, The Star is focusing hard on this statewide problem. It’s clear that Alabamians must do more than shrug off concerns about obesity and our love affairs with fast food and, being Southern, virtually anything deep-fried.
C’mon, Athens. Help us out. Come up with a better way to promote your downtown.