Thursday, February 3, 2005

Letters to the Editor

“Quote the Raven...”
Dear editor,

I just finished Rev. Milton Winter’s column “Quote the Raven, nevermore” and had to offer my response.

Poe seems a quite appropriate figure to mention in regards to Holly Springs and its storied 19th century past of mansions, war and devastation.

I can envision Poe wandering through historical Hill Crest Cemetery under a full moon among the grandiose and idiosyncratic memorials from another era. He embodied a romantic decadence and was the prototype for all future Southern novelists: Faulkner, Willie Morris, Larry Brown....

Perhaps Holly Springs has some of the same brand of grandeur and self-destructiveness that characterized Poe’s life and misfortunes.

Rev. Milton’s column is a continual source of pleasure to read and I always look forward to it each week.

Christian Slater Knox
Holly Springs

Commends firefighters
Dear Editor,

On Jan. 22, 2005, this being a Saturday, I received a phone call from a neighbor saying the woods were on fire east northeast from our house. As I stepped outside the winds were blowing at a high rate of speed. I got in my car, and being concerned about our property, went to investigate. It was unbelievable -- the sky was entirely lit up.

This fire was on Highway 72 just east of Sharp’s store and also on Early Grove Road. I would like to commend our volunteer firemen. I don’t know any of their names or how many were involved, however somehow they managed to put the fire out. A huge, big thanks goes out to all involved.

Jerry Collins

Designated drivers:
Dear Editor:

If you’re like many Americans who will either be attending or hosting a Super Bowl party, there are some important tips to keep in mind to help make your game day safe and fun.

If your celebration includes alcohol beverages, remember to enjoy good food with your drinks.

Space your drinks throughout the evening and if you’re the party host, serve one drink at a time to help your guests pace themselves. Never force drinks on your guests, and stop serving alcohol an hour before the party ends.

Finally, help your guests home safely by encouraging them to designate a driver.

According to a national survey, 122 million Americans have either been a designated driver or been driven home by one.

That’s a game-winning plan no matter what team you’re cheering for.

For more information on hosting a fun, safe party, log on to www.designated

Remember, “Responsibility Matters.”

Joan Lunsford
Consumer Awareness & Education

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