December 16, 2010
I was 9 years old when Monday Night Football debuted on ABC. But I remember it well.
I was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. And one of the original members of the broadcast team in 1970 was Don Meredith, who played for the Cowboys from 1960-68.
Close to Nowhere
It’s that time of year again. Now that the Santa letters are all safely typed, I can babble on about how much I love them.
My son Kris, who types them, has never been known to say he loves them. But he does smile talking about them sometimes. For Kris, that’s a lot!
Oil spill didn’t kill fish in south Louisiana
I’m dictating this column while driving down Highway 25 with barely enough time to get to the Rotary Club meeting in Starkville. My GPS says I will arrive at 12:02, just two minutes late. What did we do before gps?
Letters To The Editor
I just read “Memories” in Dale Hollingsworth’s column. My grandmother Wills’ aunt (Bessie d of JMV Wills) was Mary Edward Wills Boatner and it was fun to read about Potts Camp.
I was just reading the JAMA record of his death in 1929 and his education at the University of Louisville.
It’s a real pleasure to read people remembering my kin and how hard they worked on their town.
On December 9, 2010, a Mississippi resident went to renew his Mississippi firearms permit. The documents had been receieved by him in the mail in the time specified by law. One of the documents included in those sent is titled “Renewal.” This document explains the procedure on how to renew by mail and the requirements.
About the middle of the document it also states that the renewal fee for Mississippi residents over sixty-five (65) years of age is fifty-seven dollars ($57).
When the Mississippi resident went to the Highway Patrol Office in New Albany to renew his permit the personnel at this office were very courteous and helpful. They also gave him a copy of Senate Bill 2411 which relates to the law relating to the issuance, qualifications for and the fees for renewal of a firearms permit. After reading the bill he read that the renewal fee had been changed to read twenty-five ($25). He researched the history of the bills passed by the Mississippi Legislature and learned the following: Senate Bill 2411 was submitted to the Mississsippi Legislature, 2008 Regular Session, To: Judiciary, Division B, By: Senator Powell. It was submitted as an act to amend Section 45–9-100, Mississippi Code of 1972. The “Description: Concealed weapon: Study application by mail/revise definition of educational property.” The bill was passed by the Senate as amended on Febuary 27, 2008 and as amended on March 26 of 2008 by the House. It was further passed as amended by the House on this same date.
On April 8, 2008, both branches of the Legislature signed and approved the bill. It was sent to the governor and signed into law on April 14, 2008, and became effective on July 1, 2008.
In Section 45-9-101, Sub-section (12)(a)(iii) this bill reads as follows: “ (iii) The renewal fee for a Mississippi resident aged sixty-five (65) of age or older shall be twenty-five ($25).
Given that this law was passed over two years and six months ago begs the question: Why has the information on the document sent to applicants for renewal not been changed?
There appears some degree of incompetance on the part of someone who has the responsibility of making those changes that affect a resident of the state of Mississippi, especially those who are seniors and are least likely able to afford the fees associated with any fees required by the state such as a firearms permit, driver’s license etc.
Assuming that since the passage of the bill that a minimum of 1,000 Mississippi residents have paid the $57 fee, which is $32 over the required amount, there would be $32,000 more paid in than should have been. The reduced amount was for those less likely and less able to pay the $57.
Senior resident of Mississippi
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Immanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
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