November 29, 2007
Letters to the Editor
Rember our troops:
I want to thank you and your staff for working with the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce on a listing honoring our local troops serving around the world.
This weekly listing in The South Reporter is an effort to keep people aware of our local troops. We will email you other names of those who are serving as they come to us.
We want to ask that everyone keep these men and women and their families in thought and prayer. Thank you for this goodwill gesture on your part. We appreciate you giving back to the community on so many occasions.
Sawyer, executive director,
Response to letter:
I receive the Pigeon Roost News and enjoy reading it. One of the columns I enjoy reading is the “Letters to the Editor.”
I do not understand why anyone would write in and not give pertinent information. Especially the district where the problem lies and the supervisor.
Also such few phone calls and letters being sent to their supervisor? I have found that attending the supervisors’ meetings, getting up and telling them about your problems seems to get results. If you get no results, go back and ask longer and louder what they are going to do.
They tell us what we want to hear during election speeches; once elected they tend to forget who they work for. They work for us! If they fail to perform, then impeach them or at least vote them out of office next election.
However, most people are too lazy to get out and vote and let others decide who is in charge of their district. If you do not vote, then you have no voice in who is elected or how the elected ones run your district. If you did not vote, then do not complain.
I know Holly Springs has a Humane Society and a dog pound. Maybe you should be calling them. I think the police department is in charge of the dog pound and from my experience they do a fine job. If you reside in Holly Springs, they will assist you.
Mr. Zinn is supervisor of my district, District 4, and I have found that he does an excellent job of running our district.
I know our county needs a lot of improving and it can be done with the right people running it. However, it is up all to the people to “hire” the right ones for us. And if they fail to perform, then “fire” them. I think we should have term limits; new people bring in new ideas.
Tiny kittens found:
Last Monday afternoon I was in my car going to the Spay and Neuter Clinic to do volunteer work.
At the traffic light where Chesterman crosses Hwy. 178, I saw in a glance to my left on the vacant lot, five, little, teeny, baby kittens. I pulled my car onto the lot and caught four of them. One managed to run under a shed. I kept trying to get it. I finally caught it around 4:30 that afternoon.
They are so small, I feed them kitten formula in a syringe. They didn’t know how to lap from a saucer.
I do not know for sure these kittens were thrown away, but I certainly believe they were.
I believe there is a place in Hell for people who desert God’s innocent little creatures. We are to take care of them and if you can’t, you find help to place them in homes where they will be cared for.
The Marshall County Humane Society has low cost spay and neuter services. You don’t have to have litters if you get your pet spayed or neutered. Call for an appointment at 252-6196.
The person who put these little kittens out probably doesn’t even read the paper or will be amused by this letter.
But, maybe it will prevent this heartless act happening again.
A few of us learned of the recent actions of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors. We recognize that you have been elected by the people for another four years and can ignore the needs of the people who elected you.
The concept of the Concerned Citizens Coalition is that the tax dollars are to used for the benefit of the taxpayers in the public arena. The Board of Supervisors is the distributor of these dollars to the benefit of the payers within the bounds of legality, morality, and humanity.
Below are recent actions by the Board that prompted this letter.
1. The board rejected support of a “Workforce Placement” program in our county that would give needy citizens an opportunity to “Learn and Earn.”
(Rationale - The loss of jobs due to closing of some industries makes it urgent to financially support a “work force” placement program in Marshall County).
It seems that politics and personal pettiness get in the way of the welfare of people. Only one member of the board supported the Work-Force Placement Program. His motion was lost due to lack of a second.
It seems like the board wants to drive citizens to relocate outside of Marshall County.
2. The board gave ICS thousands of dollars for a storage facility. The Coalition support ICS but it seems that funding a Workforce Placement Program should take top priority.
3. The driveway of the Marshall County Fairgrounds (a private entity) takes dollars from taxpayers when many citizens are still on dirt roads. The records indicate that you give to this private entity $150,000 annually out of our tax dollars.
4. The records indicate that the board spent about $200,000 to add a satellite tax office and sheriff base in the northern part of the county. This would not be so bad if we financially supported a “Work Force-Placement Program” in our county to enable more citizens to secure jobs to pay taxes.
5. The Coalition endorses trucks provided for supervisors, but questions the frequency of new trucks that have less than 50,000 miles from our tax dollars. The citizens believe that a higher priority needs to be placed on the needs of our citizens and their welfare (jobs, roads, health etc.)
These concerns are expressed by many citizens who vote and pay taxes. The Coalition hopes that the readers will talk with their supervisors to help them direct their priorities from politics, pettiness, and self-aggrandizement to basic needs of our citizens.
McMillan Sr., coordinator
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