Thursday, March 20, 2014
Letters to the Editor
Street is an eyesore
I would like to report the garbage on Chesterman.
It looks as if the dump has been moved over here.
We are people who like beauty, but our street has become an eyesore.
It started in the summer when the grass was not cut and it grew to knee-high. Garbage was easy to hide. But since the weather has been bad, the grass was beaten down and all the hidden was revealed.
Since it looked like a dump, it became worse. Bags of garbage are being dumped.
Friends are coming to visit from Nebraska, New York, Illinois, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. This is a well-known historic city with a beautiful history, and for it to look this way saddens me.
On clean-up day, please put it in the paper and I will be glad to help you put the garbage in bags.
I’ve had enough
I’ve lived in Holly Springs for seven years total, and I have seen it go downhill firsthand. I’ve had a front row seat the last year. The reason law-abiding taxpayers, retirees and working families (white and black) are fleeing this area (sometimes abandoning homes that have been in their families for generations) is that they’re tired of seeing neighborhood by neighborhood turn into a ghetto.
People are tired of coming home from work to find greasy styrofoam containers and plastic bags that are surreptitiously placed in their yards. They are tired of collecting beer and liquor bottles that are beveled into their curbs. They’re tired of finding threadbare condoms on their street.
I sometimes suffer from sensory overload at times, and I’m quite tired of hearing the dulcet sounds of birds and crickets drowned out with a lot of “boom-boom-boom” and “dawg, dawg, dawg...treat her like a dawg” from the nearby passing car.
Most of all, I think a lot of people are tired of helping kids with homework, reading them stories and putting them to bed, and then...just when we were hoping to relax or read awhile before bed...to be disturbed by a mean cacophony of cackling and a bombastic barrage of profanities coming from the new tenants in the government-subsidized Section 8 housing next door.
Personally, as one of the few remaining taxpayers and one of a dwindling number of people who pays in full his bill to the city utility racket, I’m most tired of the way I am treated by city officials and employees – as an inconvenient person who just won’t “let everyone get along” because I refuse to resign myself to supporting a city that makes me a prisoner in the walls of my house. They just want me to keep supporting them (with disproportionate property taxes and utilities to cover the “doughnut hole” of those who don’t pay) while they let everything morph into a Charles Bronson nightmare.
Well, I’ve had enough. This summer will be the last our family will spend within the Holly Springs city limits. Not sure how I’ll make it happen, but it’s time to turn to prayer so I can ask the one authority who does not fail. As we say in the covenant of holy baptism, “With God’s help, I will!”
Basil C. Chisholm, PhD
Ag Day March 25
Where does your food come from?
If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store is just the distribution point; it isn’t where food comes from. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives . . . and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table.
Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of and had friends or relatives involved with agriculture. Today, that’s no longer the case. That’s why I’m writing, because agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life . . . food, fiber, clothing, and shelter. And it’s about time Americans recognize that contribution!
American farmers are working harder than ever and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 155 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation’s #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.
And it’s not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, from the field all the way to the grocery store, is vital to bringing food to every U.S. citizen and millions of people abroad.
Frankly, it’s easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this, we’re unbelievably fortunate . . . but that doesn’t mean we don’t have an obligation to recognize how it’s made possible.
This March 25, 2014, is National Ag Day hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Ag Day is a good time to reflect on, and be grateful for, American agriculture!
Randy Knight, president
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