Baxley speaks at chamber lunch

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Alabama Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley believes those in public service take on the role of caretaker.

&8220;I like working for the people and with the people,&8221; she told a crowd gathered at the monthly South Shelby Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.

Members of the chamber met at the Old Shelby County Courthouse in Columbiana last Thursday. Focus of the November luncheon was to honor elected officials.

It was to those chamber members and elected officials that Baxley tried to put what she said was &8220;a positive spin on people in the governmental process.&8221;

&8220;We are caretakers of Alabama – we make the laws under which we are governed. We make the decisions on how we’ll spend the funds,&8221; she said.

&8220;Governing is about caretaking,&8221; Baxley said indicating there should be more women in government. &8220;Women traditionally are the caretakers. We need more females in the legislature.

&8220;Women are good in public service. I believe that God gave women a little more on the nurturing side and that makes us good in public service.&8221;

Baxley said she believes there are bright days ahead for Alabama.

&8220;It’s real important to be able to draw people together,&8221; she said. &8220;I think it’s a great and wonderful challenge and I am very blessed to be a part of it.

&8220;There are no walls. There are no fences. There are no barriers. We are still one state.&8221;