Thursday, November, 17, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for help:
Dear Editor,

On Oct. 30, our family had an emergency that required the Byhalia Ambulance Service and the Byhalia Police Department.

We apologize that we did not get the names of the two men who came with the ambulance, but would like to thank them both for doing such an outstanding job. They were both very professional and concerned in regards to the safety of our family member.

We did, however, get the names of the Byhalia police officers, Fry, Merriweather and Suggs. Byhalia can and should be very proud to have these men on their police force. They did an outstanding job in a professional and caring manner.

We would like to especially thank officer Fry. He not only did his job and did it well, he was equally concerned about the family member and the family as well. He organized and implemented a plan to get our family member to the hospital. If officer Fry had not been concerned, we would have had a medical emergency that could have been fatal.

Charlotte Jawhar Black
and family
Olive Branch and Byhalia

School board meeting:
Dear Editor,

I had the pleasant experience of attending the November meeting of the Holly Springs Independent School District meeting on 11/8/05.

Chairperson Martha Thomas called on Rep. Kelvin Buck to begin the citizens’ concerns. Since Mr. Buck covered the concerns of parents and other related issues in his statements (which he shared with those in attendance) the other persons yielded to Representative Buck their portion of the 30-minute time limit for community concerns .

Below are listed highlights of the questions raised by Rep. Buck.

1. What can be done about the approximately 70 students who are in the 7th and 8th grades who may not get a high school diploma because of age limits?

2. Do the copyright dates in the classroom textbooks reflect a reasonable time frame to meet current learning needs?

3. Do we have enough counselors to meet the needs of the high school?

4. What is needed to secure adequate air conditioning in the gym at the Intermediate School and up-grading the Library? Is enough attention given to repairs and upkeep of the primary school and the fitness center/athletic fieldhouse?

5. Does the Board monitor the purchasing procedures to avoid violating conflicts of interest?

6. Why is it so difficult for the athletic department to recoup funds when they generate ample funds from gate receipts and concessions to operate?

7. Do we have investment funds in excess of 10 million dollars?

8. What plans do you have to relocate junior high students in another building? Can we look toward a separate building?

9. Do we still need a half day off on Wednesdays? The records show that this practice has not improved learning and the practice has negatively impacted on students’ after-school conduct. Most students use this non-productive time on their hands (while parents are at work) to create problems.

10. Can the Board of Trustees and Superintendent outline things that we as parents and concerned citizens can partner with the school officials in improving the learning environment for students?

The Board and Superintendent received these questions in a positive spirit and pledged to give serious attention to the implementation of same with the help of the full community.

By Dr. W. A. McMillan Sr.
672 Woodward Avenue,
Holly Springs, MS 38635

Honoring our veterans:
Dear Editor,

This past Friday, Nov 11 we honored our Disabled American Veterans. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Post 5697 distributed Buddy Poppies. Most people were quite generous in what they gave, regardless of the “dollar amount” they gladly and I hope proudly donated what they could.

Personally, I received many comments from the folks I encountered on the streets and in the local businesses. “Keep up the good work,” “It’s a worthy cause.” Some gave me a brief account of a family member who has served our country in the past. Many asked about my own son who is in the Marine Corps and has just returned from his second tour in Iraq.

I was surprised at the number of individuals who were not aware of what the Buddy Poppy represents. While some made a donation, others simply said “thank-you.” Donation or not, I tried to give each a quick “history lesson.” Hopefully they went away with something to think about.

Later that day we moved to Potts Camp and set up two road blocks. Once again, the majority were generous with their donations. Again the comments were encouraging to those of us standing in the road with our handful of Buddy Poppies and our buckets. We encountered several veterans at the road block and they made donations as well, inspite of having already given so much to all of us! We salute you!

It wasn't long before a lady drove up, stopped and asked “What are they?” I quickly began my speech about the Buddy Poppy, and how it supported our  veterans. Without hesitation, she said “I don’t support no veterans!” As she began to drive away, I asked, rather loudly, “Are you an American?” She slowed her car and looked back at me through the driver’s side mirror, but made no other remark. I wonder what she was thinking?

Her comment truly upset me as it did the others working the roadblock. I wonder now if it was due to ignorance or arrogance? Does she realize that she was allowed to drive her car (at will), make a statement against our purpose (without consequences), drive through the roadblock (without being detained against her will), and continue on her way (unobstructed) and go about her business (without question, curfew, etc..) all due to the same veterans whom she does not support? Not at all in her defense, but my own comment made me realize that as an American, I have the right to stand and show support for our Veterans and we have the right to disagree and voice our opinion as she voiced hers. But I still wonder, ignorance or arrogance?

There was a young girl who drove through the roadblock three times, even though I waved her on, she stopped and made yet another donation! A teenage boy, I assume from Potts Camp School, stopped and, rather excitedly, told me they had had a program at school that day on the veterans. He emptied his pockets of change into my bucket! What a fine young man!

All in all, it was a good day and the support we received sent us all home feeling that we had done a good job.

Suzie Sexton
Auxiliary president
Post 5697

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