Thursday, October 31, 2013
Examples of unity
• One of the things I’ve preached in my personal columns over the years is unity.
It’s perhaps the most important ingredient that can carry any group forward – from a church, to an athletic team to a community.
But sometimes just covering the news preaches the message much better.
Close to Nowhere
Of mice and cats and dogs
I admit I am a Facebook user. Or maybe a Facebook cruiser? I don’t write on there a lot, but I really enjoy looking at everyone’s pictures and, of course, the jokes.
One of my favorite things on Facebook is the cat stuff. I “Like” several different pages that feature cat pictures, jokes, etc. I spend way too much time telling my granddaughters to “aw, look at this one.” Fortunately for me, they like cats as much as I do.
The Preacher’s Corner
‘My favorite religious holiday – Halloween’
We are coming upon one of my favorite religious holidays, Halloween. Yes, it is a religious holiday, or at least has its roots in religion. Halloween —which used to be spelled Hallow e’en, is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, which preceded All Saints Day, one of the banner occasions in the church calendar.
Letters to The Editor
I choose to live here
The increased tax rate will affect some residents more than others. The county employees deserve a raise and the supervisors included this in the next budget year. However, that was not the cause of the tax increase. Like everything else, the cost of running the county has gone up.
A lot of comments have been made about what needs to be done to make the county a better place for all of us to live. Since we are east of DeSoto County, we do not get the influx of people moving from the Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn., area. There is a good reason for that - just look around. We have no car dealerships, no up-scale restaurants, no movie theaters, and very little for the young and middle class to do here. It’s Collierville, Tenn., Memphis or Southaven if you want a night out, a new car, or a movie.
Industrial development has been robust in the county but no developer has set aside an area for houses in the $190,000 to $250,000 range to draw in those leaving the Tennessee areas. Adding more “singlewide” trailers, as one reader suggested, will not provide more affluent new residents.
The school system has been improved but there are still multiple districts serving the county. There should be only one school district for all Marshall County residents.
Fire services are provided for by volunteer fire departments in almost all cases. These departments depend on the county to provide for their needs. There is one glaring problem with that. The county residents are supposed to pay $15 a year dues to the fire department. Very few people pay their dues. In the case of garbage collection, if you don’t pay your bill, the county will not renew your auto license. Why not something similar for fire dues? I own property in another state and my annual tax bill includes: fire services, library assessment, and several other costs paid for by that county. If fire dues were included in the Marshall County tax bill, I’m sure the tax collector could find a way to distribute the money to the departments.
We have a great board of supervisors; we should back them and there is little need to “vote them out.” I choose to live here, built my home here and will be here until I die.
George W. Kahrs
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