Region's businesses all need shoppers' support I would like to bring attention to the people of Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi the critical need to support your local businesses

Region’s businesses all
need shoppers’ support
I would like to bring attention to the people of Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi the critical need to support your local businesses. During the last year Tupelo’s growth and potential for economic progress has never looked better. Let’s not backslide because of our national economy. It’s imperative that we as citizens of this area do all that we can to support our important small businesses. Locally-owned businesses need your support more than ever during these times.
I grew up in Tupelo and love this area. We are blessed with many small fine businesses in our area where personal and friendly service is provided along with quality goods and services. There is rarely a need to leave Tupelo and this area or shop the Internet to find what you desire.
Local merchants support our charitable causes, our local schools, our churches and the arts. Their tax dollars remain in our local community. They eat in our local restaurants and use our local services.
Most of us will have a smaller budget this year. Please consider spending locally. I can assure you that your business will be appreciated. There is no government bailout for small businesses. You the consumer are the bailout.
Remember this, if you make your living in Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi, try to spend your money in the area. We need to stick together and make Northeast Mississippi your first choice for your purchases. When you shop away from this area, the money is gone. Let’s keep our money at home.
We must keep a positive attitude and keep making the area the best place in Mississippi to live. Let’s join hands and work hard for the area. Think what would happen if we do this. Let’s think Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi first.
Jimmy Long
MLM Clothiers
An angel unaware
helped a lady in need
I want to thank an unknown gentleman for helping my friend and client, Kathy Walker Hamilton. On Saturday night, Feb. 28, she and her husband were at the Malco Theater to see the 7:30 showing of “Madea Goes to Jail.” Kathy went to the concession stand to get a cold drink. When it was her turn to order, she couldn’t say what she wanted. Sad to say, but some of the young ladies working behind the counter started laughing at her, which made it even more difficult for her. But you came to her rescue. You were not aware of the reason she was unable to talk until she told you she had had a stroke. She wants to thank you personally, but did not get your name. Please call me at the Regional Rehab Center, (662) 842-1891, and let me pass the information on to her. As she told me this morning, March 2, during her therapy session, you were God’s angel, helping her out in a very embarrassing situation. She said, “God bless you.”
Kay Matthews, M.S., CCC-SLP
Executive Director
/Speech Pathologist
Regional Rehab Center
Over-reaching on buys
hits economy all over
In response to the article in the Feb. 22 paper, “No Buyers in Sight,” I respond to this “Not True.”
We have rarely seen $10,000 collectibles in this area, ever. Could it be those paying even more than that on all manner of things were acting like the overpriced housing market?
In some parts of the country, antique dealers outprice themselves. People had the money and thought they were making good buys when in my opinion they were not.
Of course, the government forcing some banks to make bad loans helped this process along and was, in fact, the root of the whole mess we find ourselves in now.
Watching some T.V. shows, my wife tells me everyone started thinking they had to have granite countertops to be happy. People who you could plainly see could not afford such things, the banks made them think that, too.
We all have to pull our horns in on some things. Some people act as if they have never seen a down market. Nothing goes on forever. Almost everyone has had someone in their family who farmed. They had good years and bad years, always been that way, always will be. Some keep on, some have to scale back. However, a farmer never takes good times for granted.
In conclusion I will have to say now is a good time to buy antiques. I would say this even we were not in the antique business. We try to buy low so we can sell low, and that has worked for us for many years. Antiques had been on a nearly 40-year rise. It was time for an adjustment as it is in other areas.
James Edward Edens
Praise and plea made
by United Blood Service
For a half century United Blood Services has been the sole provider of blood and blood products to more than 70 hospitals and health centers in Mississippi and West Alabama. United Blood Services steadfastly and loyally will continue to serve this area.
Patients in North Mississippi counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Clay, Grenada, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Montgomery, Monroe, Panola, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union and Webster have used thousands of blood products supplies by United Blood Services donors. Unfortunately, many of the transfused units were imported from other areas of the country simply because blood donations could not meet the high demands of patients.
I am writing this letter to ask all residents for their continued support of United Blood Services and their family, friends and neighbors undergoing treatment in our area hospitals. All blood donated with United Blood Services goes directly to the local blood supply. United Blood Services does not ship blood outside Mississippi and West Alabama.
Again let me stress, residents who want to make a significant impact in their community should donate blood with United Blood Services. The simple truth is when we run out of blood, our hospitals run out of blood. It is of the utmost importance that we maintain an adequate and safe blood supply through the donations of regular blood donors.
We have several locations in Mississippi as well as mobile blood drives in our communities on a regular basis. I encourage you to find a United Blood Service blood drive and donate today. Please call our Tupelo office at (662) 842-8871 or visit us online at for times and listings of blood drives.
Again, thank you for supporting our area patients. Donate blood today with United Blood Services.
Dwight Sledge
Executive Director
United Blood Services
See the video; then decide who’s to blame
I contemplated long and hard and felt compelled to write this letter. I was somewhat perplexed by Ken Priest’s one-sided view in his Jan. 11 letter to the editor. Hopefully, I can share some very interesting points with Priest and others, and enhance Terry Dufford’s letter of Jan. 18.
Let me be clear. Both parties could stand much improvement. The latest polls (Rasmussen, July 2008) that I am aware of give Senate/Congress a rating of just 9 percent, the lowest in the history of the USA. Many people talk about former President Bush’s low ratings of 25 percent (which were very low), but 9 percent – wow!
As you may remember the Democrats took control of both the Senate and the Congress on Nov. 7, 2006. I would like to compare some numbers (Yahoo Finance) since that date: Jan. 4, 2007: Crude oil, less than $56 per barrel.
I realize that crude oil today is about 29 percent less than when the Democrats took over, but crude oil climbed to just under $150 per barrel during the last couple of years. In my humble opinion, the climb to the peak and the decent back to current prices were very instrumental in many business closings and many people losing their jobs.
Then, in early 2008, the financial market started to tumble. Again, in my humble opinion, this financial meltdown could have been avoided. Don’t rely totally on what I say. See for yourself: Go to Click on Categories and Archives. Click on By Month. Click on September 2008. Find Sept. 20 Video (late 2004 C-SPAN 2 video) with the following heading: “Problems? What problems? I don’t see no stinkin’ problems.” Shocking video of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hearings.
The last 30 seconds of this C-SPAN 2 video shows former President Clinton stating, “The responsibilities that Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in Congress to put some standards and tighten up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”
Now, I provided you with factual information. You decide.
Max Munn
House Bill 45:
more ‘Big Brother’?
It is very important for all of us to be aware of a new bill, HR 45, introduced into the US House. This is the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing amp& Record of Sale Act of 2009.
To find out about this bill – go to any government website and type in HR 45 or Google HR 45 Blair Holt Firearm Licensing amp& Record of Sales Act of 2009. You can get all the information.
Basically this bill would make it illegal to own a firearm – any rifle with a clip or ANY pistol unless:
n It is registered.
n You are fingerprinted.
n You supply a current Driver’s License and Social Security number.
n You submit to a physical and mental evaluation at any time of the government’s choosing.
n Change of ownership through private or public sale must be reported and costs $25; failure to do so would automatically cost you the right to own a firearm and you would be subject to a year in jail.
n There is a child provision clause on page 16 section 305 stating that guns must be locked and inaccessible to any child under 18. “They” would have the right to come and inspect that you are storing your gun safely away from children. Disregarding this rule is punishable for up to five years in prison.
This is just a amp”termiteamp” approach to complete confiscation of our guns and disarming of our society to the point we have no defense – chip away a little here and there until the goal is accomplished before anyone realizes it.
If the government takes your gun, only the criminal will have one to use against you. HR 45 makes all of US less safe; criminals will not be affected by this bill! They will still get guns by stealing them or by buying them on the street. They will laugh at this bill and at us!
This is a bill to act on whether you own a gun or not! Call or write your senators/representatives and urge them to vote NO on House Bill HR45.
Linda Pearson
Parents of multiples
called for bill support
Thank you for your recent coverage of our efforts to get Twins Law passed in Mississippi. We are pleased to report that it was passed in the House on Feb. 12, thanks largely in part to Reps. Donnie Bell and Jimmy Puckett. We have also recently received support from Sen. J.P. Wilemon, D-Belmont, for which we are very grateful. We ask that anyone who would like to help further our efforts in getting this bill passed to contact his or her senators and ask that House Bill 1191 be brought to the floor for a vote.
We encourage anyone with multiples (the law doesn’t just apply to twins) to log on to for more information.
We appreciate all the support we have received from others who have helped bring this issue to the forefront.
Caryn Gann
Le Anne Robinson

Judy McGhee

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