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Dear Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Fayette and surrounding
communities for the amazing love, care, and support we have received from you throughout
the illness and death of our beautiful daughter and sister, Rachel Marie Wallace.  You
always hear that life can change in the blink of an eye, but you never really expect it to
happen to you. When Rachel was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in August 2013,
our lives were forever changed. We could never have imagined the journey that we would
travel over the next 18 months. Nor could we have imagined the way you would rally
around us and support us. Every time we passed a sign that said “Pray for Rachel” or saw a
purple ribbon, we knew how much you cared about us.  We appreciate every way you
honored or recognized Rachel, every fund raiser held, every card sent, most of all, every
prayer lifted on her behalf.

Rachel’s life verse was Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  
We do not understand God’s plan, but we trust Him. We know that she is healed and that
because of the hope we have in Jesus Christ, one day we will see her again.  Rachel’s life on
this Earth was far too short, but she touched so many people in that short time. We were
blessed to have her as a part of our lives for 16 years and would like to share with you a few
things she taught us:

Love.  Rachel loved God and she wasn’t ashamed to tell others about Him. She loved
people, young and old.  She loved life.  She wanted to visit as many places as possible,
spend as much time with her friends as possible, and she gave her all to fighting her illness
and prolonging her life. Matthew 22:37-39:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  
And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Smile.  Rachel always had a smile on her face, a big beautiful smile with a big beautiful
dimple.  She kept smiling through every chemotherapy and radiation treatment, every
doctor’s appointment, every MRI.  One time Rachel’s counts were particularly low but she
wanted to go to school anyway, so she had to wear a mask to try and prevent her from
getting sick.  One of her friends drew a smile on her mask because it just didn’t seem like
Rachel without a smile.  Proverbs 15:13:  A glad heart makes a cheerful face.

Give. Rachel received joy from giving to others. She loved to give presents. She loved
volunteering her time at church working with children. We encourage all of you to give.
Give of your time and your talents, and if you are able, give of your resources.  2
Corinthians 9:7:  God loves a cheerful giver.

A few people have asked where you could give in memory of Rachel.  A scholarship fund
has been established in Rachel’s memory at Fayette County High School. This fund will
help another student continue their education. Children’s Hospital of Alabama is a
wonderful, state of the art facility that helped Rachel so much. We are very fortunate to
have this hospital only 80 miles from Fayette. Make-A-Wish Alabama grants wishes to
children under the age of 18 with life threatening illnesses.  In the summer of 2014,
Rachel’s wish to visit London and Paris was granted.  It is a trip our family will never
forget.  Hospice of West Alabama made it possible for us to bring Rachel home and take
care of her the final month of her life. There is not a more caring group of individuals
anywhere. The American Cancer Society provides money for much needed research. Cancer
does not discriminate. It affects people of every age, every race, every economic class.  We
need a cure for this horrible disease.  If you are interested in making a donation in memory
of Rachel, please consider one of these worthy causes.

Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did for Rachel and all you
have done for us. Please continue to remember us in your prayers.  God bless you all.


Rick, Stella and Blake Wallace

Dear Associate Editor,

You may think you were fair about presenting the news concerning Bolling Apothecary.

The first three to four paragraphs were appropriate, but beyond that you had no news. This
article would have been better suited for page two. You hyped it and tried to expound on it
with no additional news worth writing.

The history of the owner and his father was no news to the Fayette community. They are
well known in Fayette and surrounding counties.

The Bollings have been in the pharmacy business here for over 60 years! Your front page
headline went nowhere. The article was shallow. There was no resolution to the issue. You
incriminated a family and a business that would have been more fairly served if you had
waited and gathered more pertinent facts.                                                                      


                                                                             Jane Cotton


Associate Editor’s Response: With any ongoing investigation facts are always limited.
What facts I gathered directly from the Drug Enforcement Administration official was
reported. I do believe the history of ownership is noteworthy as it adds background
information to the story. It would be wrong on my part to assume that everyone knows the
history of the pharmacy. To your next point about the headline. The headline for that story
read: “DEA serves five warrants on pharmacies owned by Bolling” - Was that fact? Yes.
You stated that the headline went nowhere. I’m not sure what you mean by that as the
headline is supposed to be what the story is about. Beyond the first few paragraphs, there
are headings that tell more about the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which is what the
investigation is related to. There is also a heading that tells how the Drug Enforcement
Administration relates to the Controlled Substances Act. As a journalist, it’s my job to best
answer questions before they are raised. Two questions that popped out when preparing the
story was “What is the Controlled Substances Act” and “How does the DEA factor into

I believe the information provided under those two headings answers those two questions.
Everyone has his or her opinion. You say the article was shallow. I believe the article had
depth. What can’t be debated is that everything written in the article is fact.

Since that article was published, Mr. Bolling’s attorney, Michael Whisonant, has declined
to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Should any other facts come out related to the investigation with the five pharmacies, The
 will report it.

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