Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thankful for a lot
Thanksgiving for year 2011 has really gotten here quickly.
For me, it seems likes yesterday we were ringing in the new year.
As with any Thanksgiving, I have lots to be thankful for.
Close to Nowhere
On Facebook several folks have been counting down to Thanksgiving by naming one thing a day that they’re thankful for. One friend made a “tree” and every day she and her family are putting a slip of paper on the tree with one thing they’re thankful for. They’re going to read the slips of paper Thanksgiving Day.
And every year, my column before Thanksgiving is what I’m thankful for. I’m mostly thankful for the same stuff I’ve been reading on Facebook every day: home, family, the fact that my pantry is overstocked always, my friends who are more than friends – they’re just not legally related. One friend used to say “not related by blood, but by heart…”
• Wicker Celebrates the Gift of Family
Spending time with family and loved ones is a cherished part of the holiday season. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we should remember the adoptive families and individuals who have opened their hearts and homes. No amount of thanks can match the positive impact they make in a child’s life.
Letters To The Editor
I am writing to you because I don’t know who wrote the article on page one of 10 Nov. with the headline “Military appreciation Thursday night.” It says that veterans and active duty military from all four branches of the U.S. military are to be honored.
Being a retired member of the fifth branch (and there are five) of the military, I guess I was not invited. The Lt. Col. and First Sgt. should know better.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been around a long time. I did enjoy “As free as the wind” on page five.
Recently there seems to be a rash of crimes, both against property and people, in the last few months. I am a great believer that our police force is doing a great job keeping the city safe and in general it is. We cannot thank them enough for the risks and hours they contribute to keeping us safe. We have been diligent in buying supportive assets for the police such as cars, small arms, and the like, and I believe they are being used to their best advantage.
That being said, I think that we as a town can improve on decreasing the crime rate. I am not an expert by any means, but I can relate experiences I have had from other parts of the country. I have kept a running total in my mind and have noticed a remarkable similarity of the locations of these crimes. It seems there are street names or locations that recur often in The South Reporter.
My proposal is this, instead of having our officers patrol in cruisers all the time, it might be more helpful if they either walked or biked a beat. Now, before I get the officers yelling bloody murder, please read through this letter first!
I used to work in a less than secure area in New Orleans. I was transferred to a retail store in a strip mall; unfortunately, crime was rather high when I arrived. We petitioned the city and they started a beat there. Two officers walked there, as well as other parts of the community daily. Crime was significantly reduced. Everyone knew them, liked them, they even got free food at the Walgreen’s! They gave every store their police cell phone number to call that was much more efficient and gave faster results than a 911 call. Everyone was happy, the cops found they had to make fewer arrests, the store owners reported little or no theft, and the home owners seemed pleasantly pleased.
I am not advocating they walk in the rain or snow, but when weather is obliging, perhaps walking a beat or biking a beat would be a great way to reduce crime in those areas we all know are more prone to illegal activities.
Also, think of the savings in fuel costs as well as a bicycle costing significantly less than a car! The community and the police get to know one another and create a bond that protects both the area provided as well as concerned citizens looking out for their own welfare and the health of the officers whodedicated themselves to improving the area.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes,” who are serving in war zones around the world.Justin Ash, Navy, Persian Gulf
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
Tiffany Erwin, Army, Afghanistan, now in Iraq
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
Sale T. Lilly IV, Navy, Afghanistan
Antione McNeil, Army, Iraq
Victor Miller, 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
Justin Sanders, Army, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Willie E. Snow Jr., Navy, Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Candace L. White, Army, Afghanistan
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
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