Thursday, August 25, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Heartfelt thanks:
Dear Editor,

I, Sandra Tucker and the Tucker family, would like to thank basically the whole world that participated in the Mic’Kavis Tucker heart transplant fund.

Thanks to the churches, businesses, the Bank of Holly Springs, food businesses, stores and just everyone who took time out for Mic’Kavis.

Even though he is no longer with us, he will forever linger in our hearts.

We thank you once, we thank you twice, we thank you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sincerely,
Sandra Tucker

New Clothes?:
Dear Editor,

While out shopping one day, I came across an unusual display in the women’s department. There faded jeans, with gaping holes in the knees, tattered and torn, hung on a rack with their expensive price tags. Affluent teens, no doubt, happily grabbed them up that day, but to me they were a wake-up call of how very much in our society is frivolous.

Yet Madison Avenue notwithstanding, basic physical needs remain the same as always, shelter, food and clothing. New Hope Village provides just that, with an open heart and willing hand, to needy women and children who find themselves in the crisis situation of homelessness. Within that safety net, residents are then encouraged toward education and skill building.

The shelter works within a minimum budget. The $60,000 grant received, this year’s operating money, was $15,000 less than anticipated. This is truly a worthy organization in our midst, deserving the community’s support.

While some can give financially, others may yet help fill the pantry. According to executive director Shirley Dillard, current food needs include canned meats, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, crackers and evaporated milk. Also the resale shop, located on the premises, welcomes good, used merchandise of all kinds. Anyone with donations of any sort can call the shelter at 662-252-4688 to make arrangements for delivery. I hope that we can all rally around their important efforts, for safety nets are never frivolous.

Sincerely,
Marie White

Drilling for water:
Dear Editor,

I just read the story about the water and sewer rates “back home” and it brought back some ooold memories. When I was a child, my father introduced me to a “Mr. Rogers” who was, I was told, the first Holly Springs City Engineer. He told me a story that few probably know but all should. In the early 1900s, a lot of travel was via railroad and communication via Western Union Telegraph. Mr. Rogers was given the task of building our first public water system and contacted a firm in Dallas, Texas. 

They sent over a fellow who advised they drill three 12-inch wells and the first water tank to allow for future needs. 

In sending back the message to send a crew, somehow the message was not clear and, instead of sending a water crew, they sent an oil crew. When they got their instructions to drill 500 foot holes, they thought it was a mistake so they aimed at 5000 foot holes.

In those days, little was known about geology and years later, when the ability to do seismology was invented, it was learned that they had drilled through 5 “aquifers” (sand layers filled with water) and stopped in what is known as the “Wisconsin Sand.”

What we are drinking there today are glaciers that melted in Wisconsin (the place where the layer ends) in the Ice Age and has been filtering through 2000 miles of silica sand for thousands of years!

At one time, the state health department said that the water at the well-heads was injectable. --- It was that pure.

In the 1960s, there were level tests and temp tests and it was found that the level was the same as when it was first drilled. Sooooo, it will take us a long time to drink that part of the ice age. But, in the mean time, we are really lucky.

Oh, by the way, in Houston, Texas, last month, my water bill was about $40 and the sewer was about $35, so be thankful for yours.

Tom Stewart
Houston, Texas
native of Holly Springs


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