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franklin county times

July 2, 2004

By Staff
A nice gesture
On a recent Thursday, myself and two other Air Guard members had lunch at La Pinata. A nice lady anonymously bought our lunch and left this note:
Thank you for serving our country and may God bless each of you and keep a hedge of protection around you and your families. God loves you.
While we certainly appreciated the free lunch, this note meant more to us than you may know. It is a wonderful reminder of the support those of us in uniform enjoy today and an example of why this is the greatest country on earth. I wish we could have thanked you personally. Please know that we
deeply appreciated the thought and your note is posted on the bulletin board in our squadron.
Maj. John Grimes
Collinsville
Mississippi Air National Guard
Time to back president
I get so sick and tired of picking up The Meridian Star and reading the "Opinion" section about people making statements about the president of the United States of America. They may hear or read something about a committee who did this or that and right away they become an expert on the subject not really knowing what was true and not true.
You can almost tell they were using Webster's Dictionary to look up the big words. Then, here it comes: "The president is to blame … We need to run him off." This is the time to back our president, not cut him down. Regardless what party you belong to, President Bush is our president and we need to support him 100 percent.
As a 40-plus-year veteran, I would support whoever was president in these times of need. We have so many of our Mississippi National Guard and Reserves over there now and what they need more than anything is our prayers, not our negative comments. We should be on our knees every day praying for these troops who are laying it on the line so we may have peace here at home.
I gave most of my life for my country and it again makes me sick for people who have no idea what in the world they are talking about, making these statements. Granted, it is their right to do so. Maybe they just like to see their name in print. So let's pray for our president every time we think about it and that God's will may be done.
Webb Nix
Meridian
Designated drivers
During the long Fourth of July weekend, it's important that adults who choose to drink make responsible choices, such as drinking responsibly and designating a driver whether on the highway or the waterway. When we make responsible choices, our Fourth of July celebrations with family and friends will be safer and more enjoyable.
Fortunately, there are significant signs of improvement when it comes to preventing drunk driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Fourth of July drunk-driving fatalities are 30 percent lower today than in 1982. And nationwide drunk-driving fatalities are down 37 percent in the past two decades.
Let's continue to decrease drunk-driving fatalities by making responsible choices this Fourth of July. When it comes to fighting drunk driving, Responsibility matters.
Kalen Bosarge
Consumer Awareness &Education
Coordinator
Mitchell Distributing
Meridian

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