Thursday, May 20, 2010
Letters To The Editor
I am writing to you because I would like to thank everyone on behalf of my daughter, Rhonda Nance, and her family who were injured during the May 2 tornado. Your prayers and generosity are greatly appreciated.
Our friends from Ashland First Baptist Church, our work (Family Dentistry, Strickland Roofing Co. and Holly Springs PD), our neighborhoods and people we don’t even know, have been so supportive and helpful. We couldn’t have made it without you.
But first and foremost I hope I speak for all those affected by the tornados when I say we are blessed to have such a devoted group of law enforcement, fire department and emergency medical personnel as well as volunteers to work in such situations. I personally want to give a special thank you to Benton County Dispatch, who I know from experience, was bogged down with calls all night.
It is times like these when you realize what a wonderful and loving group of people live in Benton and Marshall Counties.
Janet F. Power
How nice it is to see a city street in Holly Springs being completely remodeled, as if we were living in Seaside, Fla., as I heard one resident say recently. It is, no less, a dead end street. However, people can now walk down it without worrying about tripping, or having a bicycle wreck. The brick work is simply amazing. When riding past the street, it certainly is an eye-catcher.
What about Chulahoma Avenue? Salem Avenue? Any other street in Holly Springs, for that matter? Two of the most historic streets in town are left with horrific sidewalks - tree trunks buckling them so much so that tourists or locals have to meander in the streets or yards to avoid hurting themselves while walking.
When are these streets going to have a decent appearance? There is only so much homeowners can do to spruce up their yards to make them appealing. Someone needs to step in and speak up - let’s get our major sidewalks in working order!
It was also nice to see that HSUD is fixing to go to a different metering system. We were told three years ago that was going to happen. Slow and steady wins the race, I guess, in some cases.
What is the hike during “peak hours” of usage, though? Who determines what the peak hours are for our city? Why would there be an increase in cost for certain hours and not for others?
We have a home for sale in town. No one seems to be able to tell us why our utility bill was close to $400 one month. Mind you, this is a vacant house. There is one light that stays on continually - gas has been turned off and the thermostat set accordingly (could hang meat in there during the winter and hot as blue blazes during the summer). High as a cat’s back one month and dropped to $80 the next - no difference in the usage. What do you do when that happens? They have ya - you don’t pay, you get shut off. Well, most of us do anyway. It is a shame. All they do is send out a form letter with “meter readings” from past months to show the usage. Sure, the numbers are there but explain how that happens when the usage has not changed in months? When we lived in the house, our bills weren’t that high!
We need to get this city under control. Obviously things need to change for our city to become attractive to people wanting to move out of the big city. There are homes for sale on every street - two and three and four - that haven’t been sold or even had bites. There has to be a reason for that!
The city government needs to figure out where this town is going wrong and work valiantly to fix the problems. Who wants to move to a town that has outrageous utilities that can’t be explained and city streets that can’t be walked down without hurting oneself? Once again, there is only so much we can do as homeowners to make this place livable. It has to start somewhere, folks!
Mary Clay Brooks
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