Thursday, February 10, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Thank you:
Dear Editor,

We would like to thank everyone that helped us in any way when our house burned on Christmas Day.

Charles and Becky Turney family
Holly Springs

Animal cruelty:
Dear Editor,

I live in Barton. Sat., Jan. 29, someone let my Rottweiler out of my fenced-in yard and he was missing when I came in from work.

I spent all my spare time walking the neighborhood knocking on doors and asking if anyone had seen him. He was a very gentle puppy with a collar and tags on.

Well, to make a long story short, this past Sunday Feb. 6, I found my puppy in front of Shilo MB Church. He had just been shot, that morning, within minutes of me driving by. There was a funeral going on at the church at that time; the men standing there said they had not seen anything. They must have.

The vet dug out a 20 gauge shotgun shell out of his chest. He said whoever did this was standing right over him and put the gun right on him to kill him because that is how the plastic shell casing was inside him.

I think this is horrible to think that one of my neighbors did this to my friend. And then this person took the collar with them and left him there. I live just around the curve they could have called me. Rock would not hurt anyone.

I think something should be done for the no animal laws in our area. It is time we get together to get a shelter here so we can stop stuff like this from happening to someone else’s beloved pet.

And if one of the guys at the church did see something, would you at least come forward and put my heart at ease?

Thank you,

Anna Moore
A sad Barton citizen

Church cemetery:
Dear Editor,

As of 32 years ago this May, 2005, a son, a brother and a husband was laid to rest at a local church cemetery. The family of this young man was and has been members of that church for about 50 or 60 years and had lots of friends there - so we thought.

The death of this young man (17 years old) was a tragic and horrible one. He suffered for a long time before the Lord called him home. His death was devastating to the parents and a great loss to sisters and brothers - and his young wife.

As of this day (February 7), due to the inconsideration of this church and its clergy, members and staff, this young man has to be moved from his “supposed to be” final resting place to another one. Also in this move is his mother, grandmother and grandfather after being laid to rest for several years. This is not only tragic, it’s sad! Can any of you imagine what it must feel like to the living family members to relive this (these) burials again? To see your father burying his son, again? To go through the pain of burying your mother again?

This is not only tragic - it’s unnecessary! Due to the “lack of interest or concern” of this church, our family must relive all the pain, bad memories and suffering all over again. It is morally wrong.

We - the Taylor family - seem to be thought of as “nobodies.” Although a few of these same church members had no problem calling family members to purchase stain glass windows (in memory of family members buried in that cemetery) for the church sanctuary - these same people did not even consider calling our family to advise them of a new expensive sanctuary being built less than three feet off our loved ones!

The fact that our family - any family - mine our yours, means no more than that to so called Christians or than anyone of us - as a people - are subject to such dishonesty and deceit is just wrong. All people deserve better!

The Taylors urge families (as a whole) to make sure that your family and loved ones are protected against such a hideous act. Make your final arrangements in cash. That seems to be the only thing that matters - to some people!

May our prayers be with that church and may God forgive them all - as I know some day we shall.

Please pray for God’s people.

The Taylor family
Russell, Penny, Lynn, Ricky, Teresa, and Tammy

A year has passed:
To the Editor,

A year has already passed since we said goodbye to Daddy Ball. It seems like it has been longer, but that’s how it always feels when you lose someone so close.

I would like to thank all the wonderful and caring people who came to say goodbye to Ball. I would also like to thank the great staff at The South Reporter for printing the heart warming story about Ball. I had it laminated and it’s on my desk in my office and I read it daily. It is a great inspiration to me and I will cherish it forever.

I would like to especially thank the congregation at the Holly Springs Church of Christ for everything they did for us. They were absolutely wonderful to our family and friends. I know now that Daddy Ball was greatly admired and loved by so many people.

On behalf of myself and my entire family, I would like to say thank you and I thank God that Dad had and still has so many kind friends. He surely has the best friends a person could ever ask for!

Again thank you and may God bless you one and all.

Donnie Pryor

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