Letters to the Editor

‘Jackson’ the beloved pet saved at humane shelter
During the week of Nov. 24, 2008, my beloved black lab “Jackson” mysteriously disappeared. He has been a family pet for about 5 years. He belongs to my son Cody.
After calling the veterinarians in the area, the police, the school bus drivers, plus a road by road search, our dog was gone.
By March, I went on line to the Savannah, Tenn., Humane Society to check for a dog. I also checked at Tupelo/Lee Humane Society. I saw a dog I was interested in and called them. I had told Cody I would not get another black dog because they were too plentiful which makes finding them too hard. As Cody and I walked through the kennels, I saw a beautiful black lab. Our eyes met, I looked at Cody , and I walked on, refusing to look at it any longer. I left empty handed. On the way back home, Cody told me that I should have looked closer at the dog because he acted really strange. When I started to leave, he said the dog got up on his back feet and started moaning real loud as I left the area. I could not get that thought out of my mind.
When I got back home to Marietta, I called the humane society and questioned them about the black lab. They said they called him “Natchez” because he was found on the Natchez Trace. My home is about 2 miles from the Trace.
I drove back to Tupelo the next morning. I had looked five months for my dog, and there he was in front of me.
Jackson is so happy to be at home once again; he went straight to his box, got his toy dog out, ran to see my husband, trying all the time to get in his lap.
If it had not been for the Tupelo/Lee Humane Society, my dog would have been lost forever.
Nancy Farrar
Marietta
Anti-taxers disregard all the benefits taxes fund
Well, I watched all the orchestrated tea party foolishness put on and heavily promoted by Fox News and the Republican Party. Of course, everybody hates taxes, but just because I’m ornery by nature, allow me to play devil’s advocate and speak out in defense of taxes.
What do all of our city, county, state, federal and sales taxes pay for? They pay the salaries of the police who hunt down killers, burglars and drug dealers; the firemen who keep our homes from burning down; the judges who put crooks in jail; the guards who keep them there; the people who pick up our garbage; the teachers in our schools; the drivers of the school buses – and that’s just locally.
How do you think the military and CIA and FBI and Secret Service and border patrol people who are keeping us safe get paid? Where do the tanks and ships and planes our soldiers use come from? Taxes – yours and mine.
Is someone in your family on Social Security or disability? Are you unemployed and trying to make ends meet? Are you a veteran who needs medicine or medical treatment for what you suffered in service to your country? The taxes we all despise cover all that.
Now, if you hate paying taxes so much, just stop paying them. Put your guts where your big mouths are. Mail those checks back and say you don’t want them anymore. Vets, refuse medical treatment. Return your tax refunds, quit paying city and county property taxes and see how long you keep your house.
If you want to change the way things get done, griping won’t work. If all of you tea party people really want to change things, run for office yourselves, get elected, and then maybe you will have the power to start making a difference. Run for office, any office, if there’s more to you than hot air.
Richard Wilkinson
Amory
Council change needed in Tupelo’s Ward 2
The voters of Ward 2 should take a good look at the type of leadership they have had with Thomas Bonds as their councilman. I can tell you from my experience on building the Joyner Neighborhood Association and bringing preservation to Tupelo as a tool for revitalizing our aging areas that Ward 2 needs a change.
Nine hundred flyers were distributed multiple times over to include everyone within our boundaries. Everyone was offered a voice at the neighborhood meetings. A flyer went out when the Mississippi Department of Archives and History talked to us about becoming a local historic district. A flyer went out when we voted on the project with 100 percent support including Bonds’ vote as a neighbor.
A small group of people who chose not to be involved with the neighborhood meetings and who were uneducated about preservation sent a wave of fear through some of the neighborhood’s elderly. Bonds was in the middle of helping to process our project through the council, then suddenly jumped sides.
Tupelo is losing its middle class due to fear of investing in aging areas. The next council has got to understand this fact – Ward 2 needs a change. Support Ms. Nabors or Mr. Pitts for council in Ward 2.
Desha Cruse
Tupelo

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