YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor June 16, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

‘From a Son to his Father’
Thank you for teaching me to value myself-as a son, as a brother, as a friend, as a man- and to value the women in my life.
Thank you for not just teaching me how to be a better man, but showing me too.
I love watching you grow as a Dad and seeing you become a great father for your kids.
You’ve taught me so much about being a Dad. Thank you for the influence you have had to my life.
Thank you for being a great role model and showing the world how it’s done – as a father, a husband and a friend.
Thank you for showing me what a healthy relationship looks like and teaching me to expect that for myself.
Thank you for always being there to talk to me. No matter what’s bothering me, you are always ready to listen.
Dad, your example continues to guide me through life’s challenges. I couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you for teaching me to value myself, to know my worth and to never settle for less.
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Deborah Yates, Executive Director
S.A.F.E., Inc.
Tupelo

Railroad noise becomes unbearable near tracks
If not now, when? I’m writing about two issues facing Tupelo that interest me greatly. They are railroads and neighborhood revitalization.
Let me talk about neighborhoods first. Council members including my own are missing the point about neighborhood revitalization. It cannot be done in spots and micro-managed by the council. I’ve witnessed first hand efforts in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Kansas City.
In Cincinnati and Atlanta blighted and abandoned property was obtained. Even an EPA clean up site was one. New streets, sidewalks, buried utilities were out in place; then, private developers were offered the property at very low cost to build attractive housing at prices that could be very attractive with almost no cost for the land. It has to be entire neighborhoods and it must be done by professionals.
In our case the Neighborhood Development Corp. is ideal with the day-to-day management of such projects.
I mentioned Kansas City. Their utilities are underground. Now, downtown Kansas City is one of the most delightful places to live in the U.S., a good example for Downtown Tupelo to follow.
Now my most passionate issue – the railroads. Somebody spent over $2 million studying how to move them. And we learned that the half billion that it would cost is impossible. Now we need to spend $100,000 more to study eliminating the noise.
When I bought my house 31 years ago (one block from the tracks) there were a few trains per day and we joked about the bother. It is no joke anymore to the ones of us that live near. Traffic is snarled, the noise is unbearable. A few years ago in a similar letter I suggested blocking all intersections, turn off the horns and speed up the trains. Many cities have done this.
Tupelo is here because two railroads intersected in the 1800s. They were here first, we must figure a way to live with this. If not now, when?
Nathan Duncan
Tupelo