Thursday, August 25, 2011
‘I Miss Mississippi’
Most calls from Nashville, Tenn., unless they’re from kinfolk, typically get ignored.
That’s because they’re usually from somebody trying to sell me something that I don’t need.
But a couple of months ago, John Riggs called.
Close to Nowhere
It may not be safe to be in my house anymore. Or even around my house.
The last few days have seen enough injuries to last a while. Albeit minor wounds and bangs and bumps, they still hurt!
‘The Help’ focuses on symbolic crux of matter
I went to “The Help” on opening night at a packed theater in Tinseltown in Pearl - the only place we could get tickets.
My reaction? “Chick flick.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I don’t think there were any male characters who said more than a few lines. This was a movie about women and the intricate relationships between themselves and, of course, their “help.” So men be warned.
Letters To The Editor
This is regarding the new garbage collection company:
I only have one complaint. Mainly, I never know when my garbage has been collected.
With the other company I knew when to go out and bring my cart back to my house because all I had to do was look out and see. Either it was laying on its side and in a different spot or it was left in the road with cars having to drive around it to keep from hitting it. Now I have to walk out and lift the lid to see if it’s empty. Always it’s in the exact same spot I left it.
The increase in price is well worth the price!
Thanks Marshall County. Great decision!
HSUD gas lines
Last summer (2010) HSUD completed a natural gas expansion project along Highway 178 W to Red Banks. I think it’s safe to conclude that at least 90 percent of the homes that were included in the expansion had previously been using propane and only used propane to heat their homes. Homes that used propane for heating only could not have been expected to consume any gas during the warm months of the year. HSUD had to know this.
I think it was about three years ago that HSUD visited all the prospective new gas customers and executed contracts with them to hook up to the proposed expansion. The contract stated that once hooked up, the customer would be responsible for all charges of consumption. I believed that meant that I would be responsible for all gas usage charges beginning the day I was hooked up. They did not use any language in the contract that would inform the customer that a minimum charge would appear on the bill for all the months that there was no usage.
HSUD had to realize that all these propane homes would use no gas at all during the summer months, and that that would result in charging the minimum usage fee for these months. HSUD could have clearly stated that in the contract but chose not to. I think they knew that had they properly informed these new customers about the minimum usage fee they would be getting charged during the summer months, that a lot of the people would have chosen to remain on propane. I think there was purposeful deception with the wording of the contract. As I said above, this minimum usage fee could and should have been clearly stated in the contract. I just hate being robbed with no gun in my face.
I have done some research on the Internet and find that all of the utility companies that I could find that post rates for all to see do in fact have a minimum usage requirement, difference being, they charge minimum usage fees based on annual usage so as not to penalize customers that use no gas during the summer months. HSUD had to know they would be raking in minimum usage fees during the summer months for nearly all the new customers.
I see this as a tax and more specifically as taxation without representation. HSUD is a part of City government. I cannot fire, with my vote, any elected official with the power to prevent HSUD from ripping off customers outside the city limits. County residents have zero political representation in regulating HSUD policies. Refusing to allow taxation without representation was one of the founding principles of this country, yet all customers of HSUD residing outside the Holly Springs city limits are subjected to just that today.
HSUD, quit stealing money from me. You are getting the amount of gas usage from me that could have reasonably been expected when you hooked me up. How can you consciously and in good faith assess a minimum usage fee when I’m using precisely the amount you could have reasonably expected when you hooked me up? Quit punishing me for being normal.
I tried to call Mr. Hollingsworth to discuss this issue, but he doesn’t receive or return phone calls. I contacted my county supervisor about this and he told me that Mr. Hollingsworth never returns his calls either.
School, good health
As we gear up for a new school year by purchasing new school clothes and supplies, let us not forget the importance of maintaining good health. One of the simplest ways to maintain good health is to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Since children spend approximately one-third of their lives at school, it is important that the environment is positive. Due to state law, all school campuses, including athletic events, are tobacco-free. The legislation regarding no tobacco use at youth sporting events has been revised to include that smoking is prohibited within 100 feet of the facility where people under the age of 18 are participating in athletic events. Fines will be imposed for repeat offenders.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined, with thousands more dying from spit tobacco use.
Almost a third of kids who become new smokers each year will ultimately die from tobacco use. As a result of tobacco use, the typical person will lose on average 13 to 14 years of life.
The average retail price of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S.A. is $5.29, while the other smoking-related health costs and lost productivity per pack sold in the U.S.A. is conservatively estimated at $10.47 per pack.
This causes the tax burden for each family to be $616 per household, whether they use tobacco or not.
Together, we can make an enormous impact on the current and future health and well-being of our children, by promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Lady on Page 4
For the past 15+ years, we have been a #1 fan of Linda Jones’ column, “Close to Nowhere,” in The South Reporter. Although, it was only in the last year and a half we have had the golden opportunity of getting to know the wonderful lady with the beautiful smile on Page 4.
We have mutual shared interests of children and grandchildren that fueled this fire of friendship. Her writings are always of great value to the family. You can put yourself in the shoes of the characters she writes about. It is always about family and good clean fun, which as we all know, is a dying art in the society that we live in today.
Linda carries a lot of titles and wears a lot of hats in the world she lives in. She is a wife, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, a sewing whiz, a quilting genius, a really good cook, a poet, a journalist, and a pretty darn good donkey wrangler. But most of all, she is a very good friend.
She is the undefeated champion of love and compassion to others. And this she carries to a different level. If it were not for Linda, the road for a lot of people would be pretty “Bumpy.”
Sonny and Marion Pryor
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.Susan Ash, Navy, Middle East
Immanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Chad Bowman, Afghanistan
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
Frederick D. Brown, Army, Afghanistan
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
B.J. Butler, Army
Wesley Crutcher II, Afghanistan
John Davis, Army, Iraq
John Westley Day, National Guard, Iraq
Michael Dunworth, Navy, Iraq
LaCourtney Ellis, Army, Afghanistan
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Jorty “Bubba” Holmes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Sammie Ivy, National Guard, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Robert Jordan Jr., Army, Iraq
Scott King, Navy, Afghanistan
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
James Light, Army, Afghanistan
Antione McNeil, Army, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Will Olita, Navy, Arabian Sea (Afghanistan)
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Candace L. White, Army, Afghanistan
Justin Sanders, Army, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops
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