Thursday, June 29, 2006
My first trip along the beach in Biloxi since Hurricane Katrina’s destruction was brief.
Pam and I drove past the many concrete slabs on Friday where homes and thriving businesses once stood.
Close to Nowhere
Summer camp fun!
Our oldest granddaughter has returned “triumphant” from her first time ever at summer camp.
It’s amazing all the changes a week can bring.
Back from Spain in time for summer festivals
Well, it was back to ‘auld claes and porridge’ this week, as my grandmother used to say. That translates, by the way, as ‘back to old clothes and porridge’ and is a common saying among the older generation when you return from vacation.
Letter to the Editor
To protect and serve, I thought this is supposed to be the police department’s motto. That’s a joke. The Holly Springs Police Department didn’t protect and serve my family. I am so disappointed and ashamed of this police force we have in Holly Springs.
My grandmother’s house was almost burglarized recently. The first time the sheriff department was called, they said to call the city police. The city police were called three times. No one answered the phone. The county police was called back. The dispatch person said someone was enroute.
A few minutes later they were called again. Get this Mr. Editor, they said that they “couldn’t find the house.” Directions and a description of the house were given to the police.
Guess what my aunt was told. “Someone stand out on the porch, so the officer will know which house it is.” How stupid is that. If a burglar is on the outside trying to get inside, why would you tell someone to stand on the outside?
Long story short, the county police came — two hours later. It was getting to be daylight before anyone showed up at my grandmother’s house.
Where were the city police? This was a city call, not the county, but it was the county that took and responded to the call. When the county finally “found” the house, guess how many showed up? One. We had one officer to show up.
Now I hate to say this but, if the police were given a tip of drugs being sold from the house, they would have half an army at that house in 10 seconds flat. This is so sad. We were really let down. Some low down, good for nothing, sorry excuse of a human being try to break in on someone, an elderly woman at that, and we can’t even depend on the police force to help us out.
By the time they got there, the intruders were long gone. My family could have been seriously hurt or even worse.
Why did it take so long? Why didn’t more officers respond to this call? Inquiring minds want to know.
It makes no sense to me. This house has been standing in the same spot for over 60 years.
There was no excuse for the ball being dropped like it was on this dreadful night. The police can’t apologize enough to this family for the lack of knowledge of this neighborhood that is only 15 seconds away from the city police department and about three minutes away from the sheriff’s department, if it’s that long. There is no excuse for this. I guess next time someone calls for the police from this house to report an intruder, God forbid there is a next time, they will also be calling for Brittenum’s funeral home.
Syldra M. Jones
(662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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