December 13, 2007
Letters to the Editor
Hear both sides:
I must respond to the letter from the Concerned Citizens Coalition. Every issue has two sides.
I was at the board meeting when Supervisor George Zinn made a motion to provide funds to a private contractor working on “Workforce Placement.” The discussion that followed centered on the proper way to allocate funds to this project. There are organizations that can hire this contractor and the board would support it.
All of the supervisors expressed support for training and job placement for our citizens. But giving money to an individual was not considered the best choice and could run into legal trouble.
Since he did not get his way, Mr. McMillan chose to criticize the manner in which the board had handled five other projects, stating a concern for priorities.
The Coalition should work with the other agencies in Marshall County as well as the board of supervisors in reaching its goals, not take an antagonistic stance.
I agree with the board that much needs to be done to help those who need employment, but through the right channels.
I attend most of the board’s meetings. Sometimes I am the only member of the public present. I invite you all to join me at the Monday morning meetings and see the way the supervisors take care of the day-to-day business of our county.
I have my own causes and have been heard and assisted by the board. I think they do a very good job of managing the available resources without political pettiness and very little “self-aggrandizement.” After all, that’s what we elected them to do.
George W. Kahrs
Holiday celebrations have many important ingredients – family, friends and good times. But if your celebrations include alcohol, don’t forget the most important ingredient of all, the designated driver. According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen Media Research, 154 million American adults have been a designated driver or been driven home by one…that’s equal to about half the U.S. population!
Our nation is making progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 36 percent since 1982.
A&B Distributing Company and Anheuser-Busch thank all adults who choose to be or use a designated driver during the holiday season. Not only do designated drivers help save lives, using or being one shows that you care about your friends, family, colleagues and community.
Demonstrate your appreciation for people you know who have been a designated driver by logging onto www.whosyourbud.com and sending an electronic “thank you.”
And remember, asking “Who’s Your Bud?” – the designated driver – before celebrating will keep us all safe…because “Responsibility Matters.”
Consumer Awareness & Education
Minnie loved the parade:
This year’s Christmas parade was grand -- one of the best ever! I’ve never had so much fun! It was wonderful to see more fantastic floats, the bands, the dance groups, and of course, Santa! The crowd was larger, more excited than usual, and seemed to be having more fun than ever. Thanks to all of you who make it happen and do it so well!
Being a part of the parade is always a great start for the Christmas season for me -- so much that I signed up permanently for the next 20 years!
I want to thank the nice gentleman who came to my rescue when my nose fell off, was blown into the street and had a truck run over it. He stopped the truck so I could pick up my nose and put it back on, and I was able to continue in the parade. I just couldn’t be me without my little round, black nose.
The two gentlemen in the fire truck were kind enough to also give me some help. Since I came into existence many, many years ago, I was sort of tired at the end. They gave me a ride back to the starting point so I could catch my breath, and I appreciate their help, too.
If you were not in Holly Springs for the Christmas parade this year, be sure that you are there for the next one -- it’s a blast!
Merry Christmas to everyone, and may the Spirit of Christmas and peace be with you through this wonderful season!
Evan helped with kitten:
In the Letter to the Editor about finding five abandoned baby kittens, I failed to mention I had help in capturing the last kitten who ran under a shed.
Evan Conrad, age 9, brought his lantern and some milk in a saucer. When the kitten stuck his head out, Evan captured it.
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