Thursday, May 13, 2010
Letters To The Editor
Last week, a friend emailed me a site and suggested I check it out: www.spokeo.com. The home page touts itself as “Not Your Grandma’s Phonebook.” You type in a first and last name, city, state and if you are in the database, up pops all kinds of personal information including addresses, birthdays, spouses name and in many cases financial and property data.
After checking mine I pulled up my three brothers, who live in different parts of the county. There they were with, in a couple of cases, even a Google map to their home location. After emailing all of them and my nieces and nephews I sent the information on to everyone in my email address book.
Just to be sure, I typed in a couple of friends from Holly Springs and sure enough, many of you are in there with information that should be private. You can scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the privacy link and remove yourself from the website.
Those visiting the site may purchase additional information by subscribing for $3. This is rather scary!
Good luck, and pass the information on to other family and friends. Identity theft is on the rise and this may be one way to safeguard you and your family.
Please slow down:
On May 7, 2010, around 10 p.m. there was a terrible wreck on Lee Creek Road in Byhalia. We do not know if the person survived the wreck or not. We hope so but from the sound of it, it couldn’t have been a good outcome.
My point in writing this letter is that there is entirely too much fast driving on the roads, especially on the small community roads. We have elderly people riding golf carts, children playing close to the roads and people taking evening walks, and it’s just not safe. We also have speed limit signs posted that are being disregarded.
Each of us has a responsibility when we get behind the wheel of a car to not only drive the speed limit but to be safe. If you are speeding excessively you are putting your safety, my family’s safety and my safety at risk. Lee Creek isn’t the only road that I am referring to; Deer Creek is like the Autobahn.
I have been a resident of Marshall County my whole life. I would like to thank the supervisors for paving our roads after having gravel roads for so many years. We now need the supervisors to help because we need speed breakers, children at play signs and stiffer fines for the ones breaking the laws.
If you’re in such a hurry, leave earlier instead of putting everyone in danger. I am sure that every person reading this can relate to it.
While I am on the subject of the roads, people, please stop littering. Clean your car out before you leave home. Use your trash can instead of the roads as a dumping ground. Stop throwing your trash out as you’re driving down the road. Put it in the trash can and take a little more pride in your community.
Looking for brother:
I am looking for my brother; his name is Dean A. Allen. The last I knew, he still lives in Holly Springs.
His mother’s name is Betty Allen -- she married my father, Orval Dean Roller Sr.
My brother is 54, and his birth date is in December, I think. He was raised by his grandparents. I think his grandfather’s name was Harry W. Allen and his grandmother’s name was Willie.
Betty married again and the man she married had three kids, Gene, Lisa and Shirley. I don’t know their last name.
My brother was adopted by his grandparents. I know he is married but don’t know her name or anything about her.
I know they had some kids and I know they lived on Chesterman Street in Holly Springs.
My name is Orval Dean Roller Jr.; my phone number is 308-325-0697.
Thanks for any help.
Donate to relief fund:
A violent storm tore across central Mississippi in late April, reducing homes to rubble and bringing down power lines, leaving residents in the dark. Only eight days later, another round of storms struck northern Mississippi bringing an additional round of damage, destruction and despair. The tornadoes of the past few weeks have taken the lives of 16 people, and injured dozens more. They have devastated lives, homes and livelihoods, and those faced with the daunting task of starting over are looking to the American Red Cross.
In response, the American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and emergency assistance that is critical to beginning their recovery. The Red Cross is turning to you. Through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, we can ensure each and every person receives the help they need to cope with the devastating aftermath of these storms.
The Red Cross opened five shelters where displaced residents found a hot meal and a safe place to stay as they locate temporary housing. As they begin to repair their homes, and rummage through debris to find priceless keepsakes, they will be met by Red Cross disaster workers driving emergency response vehicles to deliver clean-up supplies such as gloves, rakes and garbage bags, as well as meals and snacks. Since the first tornadoes struck Mississippi, the Red Cross has served more than 10,200 warm meals and 17,800 snacks. While some trained disaster workers assess damage to better meet the needs of those affected, others are comforting residents reeling from the sudden loss of their belongings and the disruption of their lives.
Client assistance for the victims of this disaster has begun in earnest. Already 129 families have gone through a thorough interview process to determine their immediate and short term needs. A debit card has been loaded with a sum appropriate to those needs and given to the families for their use. Food, clothing, bedding, replacement of prescription medicine and eyeglasses, even a new eye exam if it has been two years since that has occurred are typical expenses charged to the card. The Red Cross offers basic medical care and mental health emotional support for those who need it. The Red Cross expects to assist as many as 500 families with this type of specific client assistance in Mississippi following these storms.
Red Cross condolence teams have met with the 16 families who lost a loved one in this disaster. In many cases, the Red Cross will be assisting with funeral expenses. This may include funding the transportation of relatives to the funeral.
The Disaster Relief Fund will pay for this disaster response, as well as any other large-scale disaster response in 2010. Thanks to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, trained Red Cross disaster workers are here for those affected by the disaster. Thanks to the Disaster Relief Fund, the Red Cross is prepared to do the same in every community.
The Disaster Relief Fund not only supports the costs associated with a disaster response effort, like food, cots, blankets and volunteers deployed in response to a disaster, but also supports preparedness and maintenance costs required for disaster relief operations before disaster strikes. The Disaster Relief Fund pays for the vehicle fleet, warehouses, communications systems and volunteer training that must be maintained 24-7 to keep us ready to respond when there is a need.
We all have an interest in ensuring the Disaster Relief Fund is strong enough to meet the basic needs of those impacted by disaster.
How You Can Help
We expect the Disaster Relief Fund will expend more than $1 million in the State of Mississippi alone. With the help of the Mississippi Press Association, we are reaching out to newspapers across the region to respectfully request that you give what you can whether it’s $100, $500, $1,000 or more to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Help people affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those affected by all disasters. Please make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).
Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
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