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Letters to the Editor – Weakley County Press

Letters to the Editor – Weakley County Press

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 9:10 am

Dear Editor, Rolling Thunder Chapter VI would like to thank everyone for your participation in the Veteran’s Parade on Saturday, Nov. 8 in downtown Martin. We started with a simple idea less than two months ago of honoring our veterans with a parade. Little did we know the response we would get, or the great participation we would have. It was truly a humbling event for this woman, and I believe it was for every person that was there that day. Thank you to the City of Martin, Mayor Randy Brundige, the Martin aldermen who participated in the parade, Martin Police Chief David Moore and his department for the total support shown to us for the event. Thank you to all of the fire departments for providing manpower and vehicles. It seemed the only way to officially start a parade with sirens and flashing lights. To both the MPD as well as the Dresden Police Department, we offer a thank you for your vehicles. To have had such a short notice, Mike Tucker and the Westview High School Marching Band did us proud that day. Pastor Ed Eubanks of Unity Christian School for your loving invocation before the parade. Thanks goes to Rose Brawner for your touching and heartfelt singing of the “National Anthem” in the park. A special thanks also goes to Harry of Rolling Thunder Chapter VI for bringing the ladder fire truck from Cuba, Tenn. To display the Gold Star Mothers Banner which listed all of the names of the service men and women who have fought and died for our freedom since the beginning of the Iraq War. Thank you to all of the scout troops who participated despite the cool weather. You should feel proud of yourselves; you showed true patriotism for our veterans. Thank you to Keith Dublin form the county’s Veteran’s Affairs office for being our grand marshal. To all of the veterans that rode or walked in the parade, this event was for you and there are not enough words to express out deepest gratitude for the service that you have given us. Thanks to Master Sgt. Harbin and the Army ROTC Color Guard. We offer a special thanks to all of the Patriot Guard riders that participated; Rolling Thunder Chapter V members and the rest of the motorcycle riders that were there on Saturday. To J.T., Vicki and Jason White, thank you making sure spectators had flags to wave during the parade. To David and Samantha Bates for escorting the veterans through the parade route. Johnny Rooks and Curtis Dortch for donating the flags, thank you. To Chris Brinkley and WCMT Radio, thank you for all that you did to help us promote the parade. You did well. Sean Tyler, thanks for the video footage of the parade. To Sabrina Bates, Stephanie Sturgis, Tracy Sharp and the Weakley County Press, thanks for all of the stories and coverage of the event. You guys went above and beyond and we truly thank you. Thank you to everyone involved and we look forward to working with you next year. Rolling Thunder Chapter VI Weakley County Dear Editor, I would like for the City of Martin to know, just how sad it is that we have a two mile parade for the Soybean Festival; yet not even come up with enough people to manage beyond two blocks for our Veterans. I want to know, what exactly the so bean has done for them. How many soybeans have gone to war? Were injured in battle? Died for our freedom? The answer is none. How many Veterans have done these things? All of them have gone to war, too many to count were injured, and way more than we want to count have died. They did these things because it is what they believed in; is it not the least we can do to give them a little more than two measly blocks worth the honor? In my opinion a parade for our Veterans should be even longer than a parade for a soybean. Do you not agree? I am outraged that no one in Martin wants to stand up for our Veterans and demand more respect for them; the respect that these men and woman deserve. I am not saying that I know the best way to honor our Veterans, but I do know they deserve more than two blocks in a parade. I know that almost all of the people in the City of Martin have one or more members of their family that are Veterans. Are these people seriously satisfied with what little respect or remembrance of their loved ones this city has given them? Is Veterans Day not considered a National Holiday? Why does a soybean receive more recognition than men and women of honor in the City of Martin? Ashley Hall Sharon Dear Editor, I have today (Friday, Nov. 14) visited my County Court Clerk in Dresden, Tennessee to purchase my license plate for my old truck, cost $65 per year. The real cost is $64, but back a few years ago, our clerks adopted the Organ/Donor program across the state of Tennessee. When you purchase your license plates, you can donate $1 to the County Court Clerks Organ/Donor Awareness program. What a nice thing to do! These clerks were not mandated to this, they volunteered. My/Our County Court Clerk, Ms. Pat Scarborough not only does a great job, but also is on the statewide board to oversee this wonderful life saving project. “Thank You” Pat! She not only works hard on this program that is close to my heart (no pun intended) but, she has a nice clear collection box on her counter, where she serves us/you, kind of like McDonald’s has on their counter. She said today, that she does quite well on her counter collections. So, when you are in her office to purchase your plates or for any other business that you might have with her office, donate to her/our Organ/Donor Awareness fund for Tennesseans across this state whom are waiting on life saving organs. So, my hat is off to the Tennessee County Court Clerks association, who do such a great work for this program! “Give The Gift of life, Be an Organ/Tissue Donor, it’s The Masonic Thing to Do!” Don R. Jones Martin To the Editor, I’m worried about the future of our children. I watched a program on T.V. a few days ago where there is a new our children, starting at an average age of 12, are doing. It’s called Salvia. I’ve never heard of it, but it’s legal in 43 states. You can shoot it, make it in tea or you can smoke it. It can cause the same effects as LSD, a popular drug of the 1960s. It east your brain, it can destroy it to the point where you hallucinate, black out, flap your hands and arms. It can make you fail in school, become angry, terribly aloof, basically not care about your life. Even after all this, they keep doing it. I wonder what kind of person would make such a drug. Our children are our future; we need to be aware. I am a recovering drug addict. I grew up in a wonderful, loving home. It really doesn’t matter what kind of background you come from. Drugs can and do destroy your life, believe it. Know what your children are doing. They need our love, our ears. Sometimes we don’t listen. Take care of our children. I have a nephew whom I tell every time I see him that he is loved and it’s important to stay in school, learn and you can be anything. Yes, even President of the United States. Know what your children are doing! Let them know they matter and listen to them. Our children are their future. Patricia Milam Greenfield

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