Opinion – 3/9/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 9, 2007

The Panolian – OPINIONS: Letters to the Editor

From the 03/09/07 issue of The Panolian        

‘No one wants to build a factory in a garbage dump,’ writer states

If the people of northwest Mississippi and Arkansas want to know the reason they did not get the Toyota plant all they have to do is ride through or down I-55 and U.S. 51 or any frontage road in between.

No one wants to build a factory in a garbage dump.

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Physical appearance is the first thing a person would look at when considering such an investment. There is tons of garbage between Memphis and Panola County.

That should tell anyone what the people who work there think of their home. Follow a garbage truck that is supposed to be picking up garbage and you will find they are broadcasting it.

Drive down J.Q. West Road south of Como to Sardis or Compress Road from Como west. What a disgrace to us to live in such filth.

In front of the gin in Como there must be three truck loads of garbage in a quarter mile on one side of the road.

Look at the Como exit at I-55 on the south side. Any day there will be 10-12 beer cans and bottles beside the paper waste – who threw it out?

That’s the kind of work force we have, a bunch of "litter bugs" and "beer drinkers."

Drive around town in Como and you will find gathering after gathering of groups just drinking beer. That’s our work force. You don’t have to be a genius to see what they are spending their money for. Run down houses, garbage in the yard and the street and the work force still littering on a drunken stupor. What is the answer?

How do we solve the problem? With money.

We should pass laws that make it illegal to have garbage in their yard, $50 the first time, $100 the second time, $200 the third time and add community service, 40 hours picking up garbage off the street.

If they don’t pay up, haul them to jail for 30 days the first time, 60 days the second time and 90 days the third time or until the mess is cleaned up.

We can have a clean place to live when we get ready. When this happens you will be surprised at the other problems it cures.

There is only one problem, we don’t have the guts to do it and we all know why. If we can’t go to the polls and vote for decent leadership instead of skin color we are stuck on the back burner and that’s exactly where we are today.

The looks of a neighborhood tells you exactly how they vote. We can vote out filth if we want to.

Let’s have a change,

Sue Ashby

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