Wednesday, July 31, 2002
45th Avenue: Meridian's Autobahn'
To the editor:
I have to travel 45th Avenue which connects Highland Park with 8th Street each day and I believe it is now time to adopt a new name for the street which is commonly known as 45th Avenue. The name I am proposing is the "45th Avenue Autobahn" … this is the name used in Germany to indicate a road which has no speed limits whatsoever.
The posted speed limits are being observed by only a few people and if you do drive the posted speed limit, the other folks will blow you off the road. If the name of 45th Avenue is changed to "Autobahn" then all of us would be able to drive like most of the speeders are presently driving.
If the name is not going to be changed; then I would appreciate it if the police would start writing tickets to those who are violating the speed limits and the money could be used to hire additional law enforcement officers for the city.
Good-paying jobs would spur growth
To the editor:
This is to address a statement made by Barbara Henson on WTOK's "On The Record" Sunday, July 21. Her statement was in reference to when a city's population is mostly older people, such is the case in Meridian, the city has to consider annexing to grow and make up for lost tax dollars. However, Meridian is advertised as a "Certified Retirement Community." If Meridian is going to be a retirement community, the city should find other means of bringing in revenue besides annexation.
If the city really wants growth in Meridian, then bring good-paying jobs to the area so our young people can afford to stay here and raise their families.
People choose not to live inside the city for a reason. If this annexation goes through, it's just a matter of time before people will move further out into the county to get away from the city possibly leaving Lauderdale County for a surrounding county.
Thanks for support of youth baseball
To the editor:
I would like to personally thank the local media for their outstanding support of the 10-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars from Meridian.
The Meridian Star sports department headed by Austin Bishop and his staff went all-out. Austin assigned a great young sportswriter in Ryan Satcher to our state tournament held in Meridian recently at Phil Hardin Park. Ryan did a fabulous job covering the tournament game by game. We also appreciate those in The Star's photography department for those great game shots.
Also, I would like to thank both of our local television stations, WMDN-TV 24/30 and WTOK-TV Channel 11. Lindsey and Clay of WTOK and Mike Scruggs of TV 24/30 went the extra mile in covering every level of play from state to regionals. Several times we would get a call from one of them wanting an update only 1-2 minutes from going on the air and doing their sportscast, while we battled late in a game.
It is my understanding the gate revenue from the state tournament held at Phil Hardin Park was much higher than expected. I believe this was driven by the media's support.
Thanks to all who support Meridian youth baseball.