Thursday, May 11, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the history:
Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Lois Swanee and the Holly Springs Museum for the special tour in Marshall County. I enjoyed it very much. It inspired me to read up on the history of my town, and made me want to learn more about the people, places, and events that have taken place here.

I am grateful and feel very blessed to have been a part of this tour. May the tour continue for generations to come, and may it inspire others to learn more about the history of Holly Springs and Marshall County.

Megan Tate, age 16
Lake Estates

ER commendation:
Dear Editor,

I want to thank the staff of the emergency room at our Alliance Healthcare Hospital for the wonderful care I received on Sunday afternoon.

I put oily drops in my eyes by mistake and immediately washed my eyes with warm water. My husband took me to the hospital and I told the admitting clerk what I had done. She took the bottle to the nurse and they called me back to the room where the doctor checked my eyes. They washed my eyes while they called the poison control center.

The doctor (Dr. Stallworth, I think, was his name) administered drops and examined my eyes thoroughly. In a few minutes my crisis was over and they dismissed me with the instructions to pay attention to what I put in my eyes!

Martha Carlisle

Politics and big business:
Dear Editor,

What is left for the average working man in this country? People often say if you work hard and try to do what is right you can make it in this country. Elected officials come by and ask you for your vote and promise all kinds of things. As for me I really do not want much more than a fair chance to enjoy the American dream.

I am getting more and more frustrated with the influence of big business on our political process. I am a retired former employee of the railroad. I worked hard for many years and was a good employee. As an employee I was exposed to asbestos and became ill. I am presently on medication and under doctor’s care. I think it is a shame that the U.S. Congress is considering a bill that would prevent me from being compensated for my illness. The bill would strip away my rights and the rights of thousands who have legitimate illnesses and injuries as a result of the negligence of big industry.

I have worked all my life yet in the final days of my life I have faced the reality of having no one to turn to. I just wish someone would reach those in Congress who we have elected and tell them to just do what is right. We do not have highly paid lobbyists or large sums of money to contribute to their campaigns. I ask you who represent tax paying, hard working Americans like me to stop taking the American Dream away.

Marcus Scruggs
Holly Springs

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