Thursday, October 30, 2014
Letters to the Editor
I read with interest the comments made by Mr. Burleson regarding the litter alongside of the roads in this area. I too have seen this litter. I am a newly planted resident of Red Banks. I was born here, but moved away after college. I have now returned after 35 years of being away. I found out immediately how different things are here in this area as opposed to where I have lived before. First off, we were not allowed to place our moving boxes with our trash. Nor would there be special services running to pick up boxes later when needed. Our old mattresses and box springs would not be taken with the trash. We have one large garbage can and that is it.
So, Mr. Burleson, if you have no vehicle that is large enough to take these items to a landfill, then what are we to do with them? We may not have enough room on our land to burn these items, plus some things may be harmful for us to burn ourselves. We did have our hands and feet that could drag these items to the road and place them in the ditch. No, Mr. Burleson, we did not do any of those things. We found a way to dispose of them properly, but do you understand where I am coming from? We need a garbage company that will accommodate the needs of this community. We needed our boxes to be taken away. This garbage company refused. We needed a mattress and box spring to be disposed of. This company refused. What are we paying for?
I have lived all over the world (as a military wife) and we have always been able to dispose of our garbage properly – with the garbage company. Why not here? The amount that we pay here is equivalent to the amount that we have paid in other areas that offered so much more. In fact, some of them were a few dollars cheaper. We need a garbage company that will be accommodating to the needs of the community and not to the wants of the workers. Apparently, they do not want to pick up large items. Why not?
Thank you for allowing me to sound off on this very important matter.
Go vote Tuesday
As we head into the November 4 General Election, it is important for Mississippians to come together and cast a ballot on Election Day.
The recent party elections have drawn national attention, and frankly, it’s not often positive for our state. Change begins at the ballot box – not in the press, talk shows, Facebook or Twitter—by casting your vote for the candidate of your choice. I ask you to consider the importance of your vote.
As one circuit clerk said, we may not have perfect elections, but we have fair elections.
On November 4, I ask you to remember the lives lost fighting for your right to participate in the voting process. Those lives were lost so you could freely debate about candidates and issues. Those lives were lost so you could express your concerns without fear or intimidation. Those lives were not lost for you to disregard your right to vote.
We, as Mississippians, have a civic duty to participate in the electoral process. We have a duty to have our voices heard at the polls and cast a ballot for the candidate of our choice. We, as Americans, now face brutal terrorists striking on American soil. You are electing your national representatives.
The General Election is just days away. Educate yourselves on the candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 4.
It is time we move forward as a state. We were the first state in the country in recent years to implement Voter ID without federal intervention and oversight. When naysayers believed the sky would fall and thousands would be disenfranchised at the polls, we, as Mississippians, proved them wrong. It is time to do that again.
I look forward to seeing you at the polls on November 4.
Secretary of State
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