Thursday, September, 22, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Evacuees express thanks:
To the people of Holly Springs and Ashland:

We are a large family from New Orleans, Louisiana. Our family evacuated on Saturday, Aug. 28 due to Hurricane Katrina. On Sunday, God led us to Blake and Julie Ross, the daughter and son-in-law of Bill and Diane Wage, at a McDonald’s in West Point. Not sure of where we were headed, the Ross and Wage families took us in and helped us in every way a person could help, giving us shelter and security in Snow Lake Shores.

The Wages’ neighbors, Palmer and Patricia Brown, also extended a large helping hand by also providing their home with no questions asked. We stayed in the Snow Lake community, which has made this terrible ordeal of Hurricane Katrina much easier to bear.

Along our journey, we were fortunate to meet many wonderful and loving people from the Holly Springs and Memphis areas including the sisters at Catholic Charities who provided us with internet access and gas cards.

We were also blessed to have met Terry and Anna Morrison and their family who served us lunch in their home and gave us much needed support and love. Our family was also privileged to meet Michael and Jorja Lynn, who provided us with numerous delicious meals and a wonderful tour of their beautiful home, The Walter Place.

The McCauley, Pagano, Powell, Perkins and Saladino families also received excellent medical care at the Williams Medical Clinic and the Eye Center of Holly Springs.

The Saladino and McCauley families would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Tommy Gunn, Diane Greer and their faculty at Marshall Academy for taking our children into their school as if they were their own.

There are several other people and organizations in this great community of Holly Springs who made our hard journey easier by giving us food, clothing, love and kindness.

Most of us lost our homes in New Orleans, but we feel we have all gained a new home and family here in Holly Springs.

We thank this great community from the bottom of our hearts for all of the wonderful support and love we have received.

With much thanks and love,
The McCauley, Pagano, Perkins, Powell and Saladino families

Sincere thanks extended:
Dear Editor,

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank several individuals in the Holly Springs community who have shown support for my brother and his family over the misfortune they suffered due to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

We sincerely appreciate your kind expression of sympathy and your generous donations. We are indeed very grateful for the overwhelming contributions you made to meet the urgent needs of my brother and his family when they sought refuge here in Holly Springs.

Our deep gratitude to the various churches and institutions in the community, the Isom and Lester families, Rust College staff, faculty, students, and in particular, a special thanks to president David L. Beckley, for the immediate housing assistance he provided for the evacuees on campus.

To everyone we feel honored with your acts of kindness. May God bless each one of you abundantly in return for your good deeds and show of affection toward my family. Thank you, again.

Claude Gleeton
Chief of campus security
Rust College
Holly Springs

Who are “we”?:
Dear Editor,

The loss, the death, the confusion within this hurricane disaster are what we see the most of. You know, if it bleeds, it leads. However, I also have seen a different side of things.

I have been in the middle of the relief effort in Byhalia. Even though we have not taken any resident evacuees, we have been able to assist nearly 200 families. We assisted with small and large items. We prayed, we cried and we did all we could for those we assisted.

I would like to tell you who “We” is.

“We” are the pastors of churches that I more then likely would have never met if it had not been for the hurricane. These pastors, from all across our county, had no barriers holding them back, they did not care, black, white, young or old, or what religious belief you had. Their churches and the church leaders offered everything you could image, food, clothes, money, counseling, prayers and much, much more.

“We” are the people that give of their time, to sort through mounds of clothes, so those affected would have a change of clothes.

The many volunteers that swept and mopped the gym floor, painted walls, answered phones, cleaned bathrooms, set up cots, served food, sorted and distributed basic human needs and so much more. This effort helped turn an old gym into a shelter that anyone should be proud of. We should all pray that we never need to use it again.

“We” are the hundreds of people that brought relief supplies to the shelter. “We” have seen pick up trucks, vans and cars loaded with whatever you could think of. “We” have seen family’s that required help themselves, give all they had to give. “We” are trustees from the county jail that worked as long and as hard as anyone to help in these efforts. “We” are the children that brought their toys and piggy banks to help the effected people.

“We” witnessed God’s blessings all day, everyday. “We” are the ones that made a difference in some little way. “We” are the ones that must keep this effort moving forward. “We” are the ones must keep the lines of communication open. “We” are the ones that have reached around all barriers to help others less fortunate. “We” can go back to the way things were or “we” can take this opportunity to become one and move forward as one community. “We” are the silver lining in all this disaster.

“We” are the people of Marshall County.

Dave Young

Zoning issues:
Dear Editor,

I live in the Barton area and things are changing fast. From what I understand the Marshall County Zoning Administration wants the communities input on some of these changes. But because of my past experience dealing with the Marshall County Zoning, I honestly don’t understand why the committee is even bothering with their meetings, because they do as they please.

I’ve learned over the past few years dealing with the Zoning Committee that housing restrictions are not enforced. My attorney tells me that I have to follow these restrictions and so does every one else.

I understand that people will do things, in order to survive, but this was the very reason that these so called restrictions were put in place.

For the past few years I’ve watched a couple live in what is classified at the zoning office as a “storage building.” This individual got a permit for a storage building and moved in a few years ago. As of now the couple lives there with the permission (from what I understand) of the Zoning Committee. 

So going by personal experience the Marshall County Zoning Committee will be the last people I ever bother again, and I honestly believe that if I were living in a community like Sweet Water Farms, this would have never happened.

Barton Mini Farms
Rita Underwood

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