Letter to the Editor August 4, 2013

Kind people made my day on a recent Tupelo trip

After attending church services at the Okolona First Baptist Church on July 28, I drove to Tupelo to do my grocery shopping.

Upon arriving in Tupelo, I stopped at the Thomas Street post office to mail some letters. As I was leaving the post office, I noticed a lady behind me so I held the door open for her. She thanked me and said, “Not many men do that anymore.”
I told her that I was from the old school and have a lot of respect for women. She asked me if she could give me a hug. My answer was “you certainly may.” I told the lady that I love people.

After a nice visit with this lady who lives in Shannon but has a business in Tupelo, I drove to Walmart on West Main. I secured a motorized shopping cart to make my shopping easier as I have neuropathy in my legs from being a diabetic for 25 years.

I was wearing my black cap that has on the front “World War II Veteran-I Served with Pride” in gold letters. A young man told me he appreciated my service and asked me where I served. I told him that I served 15 months on a ship in the Asiatic Pacific theater in the naval amphibious force.

I got under way in my cart shopping and was enjoying my day. I got to the area where they keep their bottles of diet Lipton tea. It is always on the bottom shelf. I reached over my cart to get the tea but could not reach it. A nice sweet lady with a smile on her face asked me if she could get the tea for me that I wanted. The shelf was so low and the tea was located so far back on the shelf that she had to get down on her knees to reach for the tea with no success as they were out of stock. I thanked the lady and told her how nice she was to get down on her knees on the floor to help find the tea. She smiled and said that she was happy to help me.

After checking out at Walmart, I went to Kroger to shop. I rode my motorized cart up near the coolers where the milk was. A fine looking high-type lady came up and said, “How are you doing Mr. Chandler?”

Then an outstanding young man about 14 years old with her who was probably her grandson, with a smile on his face, asked if he could get the gallon of milk out of the cooler for me. I thanked him but told him that I could stand up and get it, and I told him that he did not know how much I appreciated his offering to do this for me. The friendliness and kindness of these nice people made my day!

Walter Chandler
Okolona

‘Rails to Trails’ region project wastes the taxpayers’ money
If you are pleased with the Rails to Trails waste of taxpayers money you are one of the few. That money could have been spent on the roads for the benefit of the working people so they could get to work safely and not have to spend all their money on maintenance of their vehicles that are damaged by terrible road conditions.

That money could also have been spent for upkeep and repair to the railroad tracks instead of taking them up. According to the report, “Maintaining a Track Record of Success Expanding Rail Infrastructure to Accommodate Growth is Agriculture and Other Sectors,” trains use two-thirds less fuel than do trucks to transport agricultural and other products.

As you well know, Rails to Trails is almost completed, in spite of the wishes of the citizens who were against it. I feel that there should be well-publicized meetings for any future expenditures and/or proposed use of land(s) in Pontotoc County,
meetings where the voices of the people are heard.

Furthermore, there should no longer be any agreements made about use of land in Pontotoc County without a vote of the people being taken and the vote outcome to be the final deciding factor. The voices and wishes of the people need to be heard and abided by.

J.C. Higgins
Pontotoc