Thursday, January 5, 2012
Letters to the Editor
Holly Springs’ trees
In 1963, Pete Seeger had a hit record about little boxes on a hillside which were all made of ticky tacky, and they all looked just the same. The song was inspired by a ridge south of San Francisco where tract homes varying only in color descended in waves toward the highway below.
The view was stark, antiseptic. It looked that way because there was not a tree in sight. The houses at the top of the ridge were outlined by blue sky above and either green or brown earth — depending on the season — below. If there had been just a few trees to break up the monotony of the view, that unfortunate suburban neighborhood would not have been the subject of nationwide musical mockery.
Last week, another tree came down in Holly Springs, this one on Van Dorn Avenue. One by one, our majestic centenarians are falling or being cut down. None are being replaced. If we continue on this course, before too long Holly Springs will look a lot like that ticky tacky little California ridge.
Very truly yours
Taking a stand
I have been writing community news for the areas of Blythe-Cornersville about a year without incident or omission until now.
I send my write-up to The South Reporter at Holly Springs, the New Albany News Exchange (owned by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal) as well as the New Albany Gazette. The week of December 22, I sent all the above papers a report that related how a group of young people from Amaziah Baptist Church joined young people from nine other churches in Union County in a rally to protest the vote to bring wine and spirits to New Albany.
The South Reporter and the New Albany News Exchange printed my letter verbatim. However, the New Albany Gazette chose to delete the part wherein I gave the following comments. I stated that I am proud of these youngsters and ashamed of those persons (whoever they are) who are advocating more strong drink be brought to the area.
We do not need this and I think proof of this can be shown by the fact that Marshall County has been wet for at least 20 years by some estimates. I think perhaps even more than that.
Where has it put them? They have higher property taxes than Union County. I have it on good authority that a prominent citizen from Marshall has made a comment that they will no longer speculate on land purchases in Marshall because of the high taxes there. Instead they will look for a good buy in Union County.
I see that Holly Springs does not have Applebees, Chili’s, Ruby Tuesday, Longhorn Steakhouse, as the opinion page in the December 28 issue of the Gazette stated that New Albany will get, if only we bring in strong drink.
I feel that the people who have had to deal with a death of a loved one caused by a drunk driver will disagree with your editorial in the December 28 issue of the Gazette.
In my recent write-up, I stated that if the people who call themselves a Christian will get out and vote against this, it will not come about – for no good will come of it.
I do not believe this would be pleasing to our Lord and I am praying for His early return.
There comes a time when we must take a stand on issues of importance and this happens to be one of them.
No shred of decency
To the person driving the tan Cadillac sedan up the alley by Holly Springs High School the wrong way Wednesday, Dec. 28, around 3:45 in the afternoon, I would like to thank you very much for hitting our beloved Scottish terrier, Sassy, and not stopping.
We rushed her immediately to Willow Bend, where Dr. Mike met us. We thought she might make it, but had an unforeseen bleed, which Dr. Libba Smith found as she sat with our beautiful Sassy as she went on to puppy heaven. I would also like you to know that my 10-year-old son cried for hours upon hours, even crying himself to sleep. You are cowardice for not stopping. Would it have changed the outcome? No. However it would have shown that you had a shred of decency in your body for the life you took.
It is a sad shame there is not a law for those who hit animals, like vehicular homicide, because pets are not just that, they are fur babies and family members. Sassy left a sibling behind, Sally. Now we not only have to deal with the death of our family member, we also have to help Sally deal with the major void Sassy will leave in her life.
We have asked until we are blue in the face about closing off the alley beside our house which heads to the high school. It is a rat race trying to pull out of our driveway every morning for the traffic. There is a perfectly good road, two-lane at that, three houses up that goes to the exact same place. I am not sure if folks cannot read or just don’t give a hoot, but there is a sign that plainly states “One Way Do Not Enter.” That doesn’t seem to affect the general population, but it most certainly affects us as well as the other people who dwell right here.
What will happen next in our alley with cars going down the wrong way? Losing our beautiful Sassy is bad enough. What if Grady had been riding his bicycle? Or the little girls? Would you, driver of the tan Cadillac, have stopped then or driven off like you just hit a small bump in the road?
I am asking publicly for help to do something about the traffic in our alley. With the recent acquisition of Airliewood, I can only imagine this problem getting worse.
Both the mayor and our aldermen have my husband’s phone number. Why not give him a call, preferably not on the afternoon of the city board meeting when it is too late for him to get put on the ever-so-elusive agenda.
If the driver of the tan Cadillac had not been going down the alley illegally, this would not have happened. And for the record, the girls had escaped the confines of our fully-fenced yard. We do not allow our furry family members to roam the streets unless they are being taken for a walk on a leash.
Getting facts correct
My father, K.A. Rose, 689 Coleman Avenue, turned 96 years old on December 31. He is older than “Sport” Moore. He served in the Navy November 1943-June 1945 in the South Pacific. He had two older brothers (deceased) who also served in the Navy, and one retired in 1948 from same.
Two brothers, also older, served in the Army (deceased also). He hasn’t been a member of the VFW since the early ’50s which is why he may have been overlooked. I am sure Mr. Moore knows him since they live only two blocks from each other and have lived in Holly Springs almost all their lives.
I also suggest contacting our former mayor, John Dabney Brown, 465 E. College, who may be older than Mr. Moore, but is not older than my father. Mr. Brown was also a POW in Germany and received injuries while interned.
All this is not to diminish Mr. Moore, who is a respected friend, but I know you would want to get the facts correct in such important matters as military service.
Editor’s Note – In a page 1 story last week about the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post honoring three veterans, it was reported (based on information the newspaper received) that Boyd “Sport” Moore was thought to be the oldest World War II veteran in the Holly Springs area. It was also reported that Moore is the oldest living World War II veteran at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post.
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