Tuesday, March 19, 2002

By Staff
Why take a backward step'?
To the editor:
I believe this mayor and his administration have done a good job for Meridian and, if he runs again, I will, no doubt, vote for him. Having said that, I will also take issue with the backward step of reverting to two-way streets and parking in downtown. Why anyone would want to undo one of the best things that has happened in many decades is difficult to understand.
The "old guard" tenaciously clings to us in certain areas. One has but to look at the mess and chaos created on the frontage roads to realize this. Placating a few to the detriment of the many has been a plague on this community for a long time.
I have lived in Meridian since 1935 and, I cannot think of a time that I was not able to find a parking place downtown. Maybe not in front of the establishment but, only a short distance from it. To undo a good and workable traffic pattern to pacify a few, and I emphasize the word, is unconscionable. To do this would not encourage the use of the new, $7 million parking garage, in my view.
Change, out of necessity, is a good thing but, I simply cannot see the necessity in a move like this. We cannot continue to take a step forward, only to negate it later. If anything, there are more streets that need to be "one way" with parallel or no parking at all.
I hope this proposal will be soundly defeated.
O.E. "Buddy" Slade
via e-mail
10th Avenue: Differentiating old' from new'
To the editor:
In typical Meridian fashion, I should differentiate the "old 10th Avenue from the "new 10th Avenue?" Let's see, the "old 10th Avenue" starts in East End. The "new 10th Avenue" starts in north Meridian. Now, I clearly see the difference.
Ned Hobgood
New Orleans
via e-mail
Who is the volunteer fire department?
To the editor:
It's that time of the year again. Volunteer fire departments all over the county are having their fund-raisers. There's a lot of work to getting ready for these. There's the station to clean, the food to be ordered and picked up, the advertisers to get in touch with, the phone calls to make to the community to ask for help and then the big day arrives and the real work begins. There's preparing and cooking the meat, mixing the slaw and cooking the beans, setting up the tables, serving the plates and we could go on and on and on.
So what does this have to do with you? Who is the volunteer fire department? It is YOU, AND YOU, AND YOU. It's not just the people who volunteer as firemen and EMTs or board members. It's those who volunteer to come in at 5 a.m. that morning to start cooking the meat, to clean the firehouse before and after the fund-raiser, to make all the phone calls to the community to ask for donations. It's each of you who give time and/or money to support the fire department. It's each of you who's house is being protected by these wonderful men and women who give of their time to fight fires and help in accidents and come when you have a loved one who is ill and needs medical attention.
Have you volunteered to work at this year's fund-raiser? Have you paid your annual dues? Why not use the easy, painless way to pay your dues? Tell EMEPA to add $1, $2, or more to your electricity bill each month and give it to your fire department. If everyone would do this, we might not even have to have these fund-raisers. Attend your annual fire department meeting, participate in the fund-raisers, and by all means, contribute to the financial support of your volunteer fire department.
Your fire department needs you and you, certainly, need it.
Ray Davis
Martin Volunteer Fire Department
via e-mail