Thursday, November 1, 2007
It was good welcoming the Kudzu Festival downtown last week – the lights of the carnival, the smell of the barbecue, the crafts on the courthouse lawn.
Close to Nowhere
My quilt guild in Oxford, the Piecemakers, hosted the Mississippi Quilt Association fall gathering this past weekend in Oxford.
An ordinary saint who embodied what holiness is
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Cottrell Williams, the custodian of our church at Cleveland, Miss. This week I want to talk about Walter Markiewich (pronounced Mark-ee-vich), who headed the house staff at the church I served in Chicago.
I see Fred Thompson is running for President. It has been some time since I have seen Fred; his mother and I were the best of friends. My husband was over seas and Margie spent a lot of time with me.
She was the most beautiful lady and had three pretty sisters, Dorothy, Christine and Betty Sue; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. White were two of the best parents anyone could wish for. That family was a pleasure to be around. There was a lot of love and it showed. The last time I saw Margie, Linda and Fred, they spent the day with me in Ellendale just before I bought a motel and restaurant in Corinth. We kept in touch by phone till she passed. Margie gave Fred my name, just left off the last three letters. Please vote for Fred. He is the best.
To all of you who are wringing your hands about what to do over the occasional influx of abandoned animals into your areas, and abused and neglected animals, you must reach the right people.
In Marshall County, there are five districts. If you live in Marshall County, you live in one of those districts. There is a Supervisor for each of those five districts. It is your responsibility to find out which district you reside in, and who the supervisor is for that particular district.
Only these supervisors can do something about animal control. You need to call them, write them, and vote for or against them. Get to know your supervisor. Find out what he is willing to do about the needs in your county and district. Then when it’s time to vote again, don’t vote just because you happen to like the man. Don’t stay home and not vote. Vote for the one who’s willing to “go to bat for you.” If he has no opponent running against him, then get together with the people in your district, and find someone who is willing to run against him, and make it known what that person is willing to do, and what you want and expect from that person.
I will not say what district I reside in, but I have been here for five years. I have spoken to my supervisor once. Any calls I made to him thereafter went unanswered, or no return calls were made to me. I certainly didn’t vote for him in the last election.
If you want something done, you have to get up and start the process. After the supervisors, then you can talk to senators, governors, just to whomever you want. It doesn’t really matter; someone will direct you to someone else. You can also inundate the head of the Mississippi State and local police. You probably won’t get an answer (I didn’t), but you can write anyway. You can write with the purpose of finding out why the state and local police do not respond to calls about animal abuse and neglect. If you contact the ASPCA headquarters, they will give you a quote, telling you that state and local police “are mandated” to go out on calls of this nature. If you contact the Mississippi Department of Animal Health, they will tell you that this falls under the jurisdiction of the state and local police.
If someone tells you it is none of your business what they do with their animals, don’t believe them. It would be as if a child was being abused or neglected. Children and animals are innocent and helpless -- someone has to speak for them. They are everyone’s business.
The Humane Society is not animal control. They do a great service, (remember to have your pets spayed/neutered), but they are not animal control.
If we continue to do nothing, then nothing will continue to be done. It’s up to you and your supervisors.
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