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July 11, 2001

By Staff
Animal control problem ongoing
To the Editor:
As long as I can remember, Lauderdale County has had an ongoing problem with abused and abandoned animals. (If you have any doubts just check out your local garbage dumpster.)
For years the city was able to accept these animals into their facility whenever a person concerned with their welfare was unable to take them into their home. Lauderdale County has had two previous Humane Society volunteer organizations in the past which dissolved due to volunteer burnout and lack of support from the county.
Now, we are fortunate to have a third such organization formed for this purpose. Lauderdale county needs an ordinance and a shelter and the time is now. Somewhere in this county is a piece of property that would be suitable for "such a time as this."
I would like to say that the current Board of Supervisors have shown more interest than those of the past. "Thank you, gentlemen, and keep up the good work."
Hopefully, now the supervisors and residents will help this organization to make a difference.
May God bless all the Cheryl Walton's of this world!
Betty Muse
Lauderdale
On zoning, other subjects
To the Editor:
Do you think, as the city council is thinking, changing rules for a one time chance to upgrade trailer homes would make it be possible for them to
have the residence that I own placed in a commercial zone? This would help me to be able to put in a small business to supplement my Social Security. This way I could pay for my oxygen.
Also what happened to prisoners growing vegetables? I think this was a great idea. However, when I asked Mr. Jimmy Smith about it years ago, he said it was cruel and unusual punishment. Well, I can not understand that reason as I grew up the daughter of a sharecropper and the only thing it did for me was to make me strong and healthy. It also gave me the
motivation to try to better my knowledge to help myself to have an easier life than my parents and siblings.
I am beginning to think half or more of the people running this town need to be dumped and new people voted in.
Elsie McKinney
Meridian
Only 60 days left to see Spanish treasures
To the Editor:
The Majesty of Spain: Royal Collections from the Museo del Prado &Patrimonio Nacional exhibition is the third international exhibition presented by the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange Inc.
The primary goal of these projects is to provide for the cultural and educational enrichment of the citizens of Mississippi and the Southeastern region. Our two previous exhibitions, the 1996 Palaces of St. Petersburg. Russian Imperial Style and the 1998 Splendors of Versailles generated an overall estimated economic impact of more than $100 million for Mississippi.
To date, approximately 100,000 students have attended The Majesty of Spain Exhibition. On March 31, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia visited the exhibition. King Juan Carlos I said that the exhibition is "undoubtedly the greatest effort ever made for an exhibition about Spain."
The State of Mississippi, the City of Jackson and the Jackson Convention &Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with private sector sponsors led by BellSouth, have made this unique opportunity available to the people of Mississippi.
However, of the approximately 230,000 visitors who have seen the exhibition, over half are from outside our state. We do not want our own citizens to miss this outstanding experience due to apathy, procrastination, or other factors.
There are less than 60 days left to see The Majesty of Spain Exhibition. The exhibition is open seven days a week, holidays included, through Lanor Day, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.
It is only through your support that we will be able to bring another world-class exhibition to Mississippi.
Jack Kyle
Executive Director
Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange
Jackson

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