Thursday, April 28, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Support our troops:
Dear Editor and readers,

Please support our troops now stationed in Iraq by writing to this address: SPC Randall Cox, Attn: ANY SOLDIER, NC24/HQ/A/98 CAV/155 BCT, AP AOE 09325 (use regular US postage).

Last year, before our local National Guard left, I drove my decorated tractor in the parade: “Democrats Support the Troops!” But I have been too busy to write regularly. I urge the editor of this paper and readers who are able, to constantly share the mailing addresses of various units, like this one which came out of the Mid-South, (perhaps in weekly community events) so more of us will regularly be reminded to send cheerful, uplifting messages to our Troops!

Clippings of interesting articles and goodies are also appreciated if writing is difficult. Real support is not a car magnet!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Kelly Jacobs,
3985 Robertson Gin Rd, Hernando, MS 38632

Looking for article:
Dear Editor,

Please assist me in publicity to locate Marshall County artists and artisans.

I received the following letter, which explains the research.

The contact point will be the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce. They may contact me at 662-838-8127 or email byhaliachamber@aol.com or come by the office at 2452 Church Street in Byhalia.

Thank you.
Sarah Sawyer
Executive Director
Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce

Dear Sarah,

My name is Angela Watkins; I am the graduate student at Ole Miss who called you last week regarding obtaining a list of artists and craftspeople in Marshall County.

To recap, I am working on behalf of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center at Ole Miss. I am doing academic research on artists and craftspeople in North Mississippi.

Basically, we are trying to prove that there is an active arts and crafts corridor in North Mississippi, but in order to do that, I need to compile a list of the names and addresses of artists and craftspeople, professional, amateur, and even just those who have taken classes, in order to be eligible for a grant that will help establish regional craft centers.

We are just at the planning stages of that project, and I need to prove that we have the interest and necessary contacts before we proceed.

We will not be using these names and addresses for any other purpose besides research.  

Can you help me with the Byhalia area or even Marshall County as a whole? I need the list from your area by May 1.

You would be listed as a contact, or point person for the project in the area. I remember that you said you had expressed interest in trying to orgranize artists in the area before.

Please get back to me as soon as possible. I realize that May 1 is not far away, but I also want to stress that this list is just preliminary and really should just function as proof to the granting institution.

I say that because it doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Time is of the essence, but what else is news!

Thanks so much, and I hope you are having a wonderful sunny day.

Angela Watkins


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