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franklin county times

July 11, 2004

By Staff
Day family says thank-you
Dear friends, I just wanted to pass along a heartfelt thank-you for the many cards and letters we have received since my husband, Bill Day, had a kidney/pancreas transplant in February. I haven't been able to write everyone back, but hope our friends know how much it means to us to know that so many prayers are being said for his recovery!
The first few months have been challenging because of recurring infections and, unfortunately, he has been hospitalized three more times. The nurses told him the first year will be challenging.
It seems though, whenever it gets tough, we get a card in the mail from someone in Meridian, and it makes our day! Bill is getting stronger, but still can't be around groups of people because of the risk of infection.
We will be back in Dallas next week at the transplant center, where they keep a pretty tight rein on him because of his complications. No one ever said it would be a quick or easy process, and we feel truly blessed that he was able to receive new organs!
We certainly miss and appreciate all of you, and give thanks to God for your friendship!
Deana, Bill, Maggie, Will
and Savannah Day
Fayetteville, Ark.
The future of Mississippi
I would like to draw the state's attention to a rising young political star that I truly believe will be the future of our state state Rep. Randy "Bubba" Pierce, D-Leakesville.
Of course, Republicans will probably not care much for my comments but I'll expect that. But he is respected by people from all parties. He has worked hard for this great state, through tough times and personal family tragedy.
A great man who has an astounding influence on Randy as well as many, many, many others from all walks of life passed away Jan. 5 at 8:20 p.m. Through the honorable and valiant efforts of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Randy made it just in time to see his father pass away.
Not only was he Randy's father, but he was mine as well. And I have just handed over the reins to Bubba as if it were the most natural thing to do. That minute in time will live with me forever; the room was full of people, I had been sitting next to Daddy stroking his forehead and listening to his labored breathing.
The doctor said it could be anytime. So in that instant, something came over me and I leaned over to my dad's ear and whispered, "It's time to go home, Daddy, Jesus is waiting." Within a minute or two, he was gone.
You see, it was my dad's dream that he see Bubba re-elected a second time and he made it.
I know Rep. Randy Pierce is the future of Mississippi; it is in his heart and soul and God is on his side. I know this because he hasn't made a move without Him in decades.
So, those of you who are tired of the same old story and want someone who is a man of His work, then please keep reading about him every chance you get. I know he's got my vote in the next governor's election!
Shonna Brantley
Quitman
Slow down on county roads
I am writing this letter to appeal to those of you who use county roads as race tracks and drag strips.
On June 25, our dog, Penny, a miniature dapper dachshund, was killed by a speeding driver. There was no evidence of any attempt to slow down, nor did they stop. I realize a lot of you are thinking, "It is just a dog." Penny was not "just a pet," she was a part of our family. My husband and I were totally devastated with the loss.
Please, I beg you, slow down! Next time, it could be your child.
Boots Wiggins
Zero community
There's no place like home
As a tax-paying citizen one who voted for King Barbour and many of my local legislators please allow me to make two humble suggestions concerning the current Medicaid debacle.
The first suggestion is this: King Barbour, his court and the legislators need a vacation. They should visit a local shoe store, buy pairs of ruby-slippers, board King Barbour's new jet and fly to Oz. Upon arrival, they should request an audience with the Wizard. If one is granted, they should request the following items.
King Barbour should ask the Wizard for a heart, because it appears he has none. Only a heartless individual would slash 65,000 helpless citizens from Medicaid with little more than a month's warning.
The legislators most, but not all should ask for brains, because it appears they have none. Lest we forget, it was many of our current legislators, in the seemingly endless salad days of the '90s, who passed the current laws that made half the state eligible for Medicaid. Now the monster they created is at the Capitol's door demanding its pound of flesh.
King Barbour, his court of lackeys and the crumbling legislators should also ask the Wizard for courage courage to do the right thing!
They should cease their inane, bipartisan bickering, and do what they were elected to do: govern.
With that said, here's my second suggestion: Why not grandfather in those 65,000 Medicaid recipients about to face an uncertain future, and then change the Medicaid requirements? That way, Operation Streamline might be sidetracked for awhile, but would not face a permanent derailment.
And if the Wizard grants their requests, King Barbour, due to his new heart, and the legislators, due to their new brains, will be better equipped to govern. And when they are, all Mississippians will say, "Oh, King Barbour and the legislators, there's no place like home."
Anthony Wayne Kalberg
Gulfport
Waiting for the train
The residents of Valley Road are growing increasingly frustrated with the current traffic situation in our area.
Highway 11 is blocked off and traffic is routed to Valley Road. This morning traffic was backed up as far as I could see with people trying to get to work and to college on time. We were all waiting for the train to move.
In the past we could bypass this crossing using the side road. However, this road is also completely closed. So we have no choice but to wait on the train. If you happen to make it through that obstacle course, then there is the train crossing by the Co-op and the side crossing by Highway 11 which are often blocked. People are then forced to take the interstate, which causes traffic congestion and a serious safety issue.
On numerous occasions, traffic has been at a complete standstill on the interstate. People cannot even get over into the exit lane unless someone lets them in. This creates the most dangerous situation of all because not only do you have traffic stopped on the interstate, but people who are driving slowly trying to get over into the exit lane.
Emergency vehicles would have a difficult time getting to our residents during an emergency. If the railroad had a chemical spill, how would people in our area evacuate? The current road closings and lack of consideration by the railroad has created a safety hazard for our community.
Barbara Smith
Meridian

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