Thursday, March 14, 2002
Firehouse visitor says thanks
To the editor:
I would like to take the time to thank Captain Tucker and his team at Fire Station No. 6 for taking the time to show my family and friends their station and their equipment. The professionalism and pride shown to us was far greater than one would expect and, frankly, a very pleasant surprise.
Capt. Tucker went to great lengths to show our children the firetrucks and all the associated equipment and hardware which absolutely thrilled all the kids. He fielded questions on a level that all the kids could understand which kept their attention and peaked their interest. My son did nothing but play with his firetrucks for days afterward and still likes to read all of his firemen books. It's pretty awesome to be able to just call up and ask if they would mind giving a little tour and not only say yes but also insist upon doing it.
I would also like to add that, although impressed by Capt. Tucker and his team, I couldn't help but notice the age of, and repairs needed at this station. There was an obvious leak in the celling in the garage area and wall deterioration. The inside living quarters were clean but, in my opinion, could use some serious updating such as paint, furniture, etc. Most startling to me was the back-up firetruck. One of the lights on top in the rear area of the truck was actually taped in place, or at least it appeared to be. There was black electrical tape wrapped all around it, which totally amazed me. Surely something could be done at this station to bring it back up to par. The men and women of the Meridian Fire Department deserve better than what I witnessed at this station.
In any event, my family and I are extremely grateful for the effort that these people give and appreciate their pride in their jobs. The selfless actions that these professionals portray are a fine example for all children to see and experience, not just my own. Thank you all so very much, our prayers and thoughts are with you always.
To the editor:
This concerns the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering by President Bush to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. He has been accused of being a racist, at least of being insensitive to civil rights.
I understand that Attorney General Mike Moore endorses him, also that Charles Evers, the brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, is very much in favor of the nomination.
But you haven't heard the whole story and this one statement is the reason why so many are against Judge Pickering. He is PRO LIFE. If you agree with him please contact our senators at (202) 224-3121.