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--Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor
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Motorists Need To Review Driver’s Manual For Crosswalk Rules

Dear Editor,

During my morning walk, two cars traveling north on Main Street blew past me while I was in the middle of the MARKED crosswalk in front of Turnage Drugs.

Where Aldermen Sit During Board Meetings Is Not Important

During the April 3rd Board of Aldermen meeting, the agenda consisted of 21 items.  Even with that number of items, one of our alderman decided to spend time arguing about who should sit where around the table.  If I understood correctly, this person (who recently accused several of his peers of wasting time by “talking too much”) felt like the alderman-at-large should sit at the opposite end of the table from the mayor.  

Is It Too Much To Expect Aldermen To Attend Two Meetings Per Month?

Dear Editor,

In the December 5, 2017 Board of Aldermen meeting, the decision was made to hold bi-monthly board meetings. After following that process for only two months (February and March), three city officials have decided that our community’s many issues and their constituents’ concerns don’t warrant two nights of their time.  In the March 20th meeting, the board voted 3 to 2 to revert back to meeting once a month.

2018 Is A Busy Election Year In The State

To The Editor:

With the alderman-at-large run-off this week, Water Valley should be through with elections for a little while. However, since this is an even-numbered year, there will be congressional elections all across the country on November 6. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; all 435 will be elected to serve in 2019 and 2020. Candidates running under a political party banner have to be selected in a party primary on June 5 in Mississippi.

Low-Down Thief Steals Flowers, Vase From Graves At Cemetery

To The Editor:

  My dad (Hubert Clark) passed away in 1990, my niece ( Dee Dee Hollister) in 2002, and my mother (Oneil Clark Johnston) in 2016. They were buried in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens on Old Highway 7 South from Water Valley. 

Moving To The Valley For Retirement Did Not Disappoint

After buying land in Water Valley almost twenty years ago for an eventual retirement, my husband and I were prepared to move to a small quiet Mississippi town. Living within the city limits, but across the highway, we are not disappointed.

Bell Extends Gratitude For Folks Who Encouraged Him To Run

I would like to thank all the people who called and/or contacted me asking me to run for “Alderman-at-Large.” I can assure all that I thought about and prayed a lot over the situation and finally determined that I did not think I was qualified to assume the job of mayor if, God forbid, something should happen to Mayor Donald Gray.

Patient Says ‘No Complaints’ After Two-Week Stay At Yalobusha General Hospital

I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS! This would be a pretty good statement if it accounted for 1 day.  But, if I can say I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS concerning a 15 day stay at Yalobusha General Hospital, that borders on pretty amazing, in my book!

Yalobusha Residents Helped Spread Joy Across The World With Shoeboxes

Dear Editor:

I am writing to thank Yalobusha County residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Yalobusha County community, the Northwest Mississippi Area Team was able to collect 22,900 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s larger Christmas project of its kind.

Yalobusha County volunteers transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to be delivered to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty  and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn God loves them and has not forgotten them. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Although the Yalobusha County drop-off locations are closed until November 2018, shoeboxes can still be packed and sent year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling 615-517-1626.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide.


/s/Marty Gurner

Church Relations Coordinator

Operation Christmas Child

Water Valley, MS 

(662) 202-2047

There Is A Huge Difference Between Sexual Harassment And Consensual Relationships

I read the letter by Anne Burke, of Biloxi/Water Valley, with great interest and much frustration.

Flowers Are Missing From Grave Again

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this letter. My mother died on Jan. 30, 2016, and was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Next Mayor Should Support All Citizens

Dear Editor,

Recently, a reader who “doesn’t know me” questioned why I was speaking out on civic issues.  While I did not grow up in Water Valley, my family has been in this area since the mid-1800’s.  My maternal grandparents taught school for years in Taylor and one of my great aunts taught here in town.  She, along with two of her sisters, lived on Clay Street where I often visited as a child.  So, I got roots.

But one’s family history or the length of one’s residency has no bearing on their right to engage in the political discourse of this town.  During the mayoral forum, one of the candidates lamented the fact that his kids had “moved away.”  Clearly, the status quo has not necessarily provided a future for a number of our young people.  

In the meantime, we “transplants” have played a part in the growth and health of this community.  We pay our taxes, attend local churches, send our kids to the public schools, and participate in local civic organizations/activities.  Our interest in change doesn’t mean that we don’t love Water Valley.  Rather, we believe that well planned change can have better results than simply maintaining the status quo.   

Our next mayor should have not only a firm understanding of our town’s past, but also a clear vision for its future.  He should support all of our citizens regardless of race, gender, place of origin, or sexual orientation.   The future does not rely on what one is against but on what one is for.      

Charlotte Lane

Citizen of Water Valley

Older Generation Should Teach Youth

Letter to Editor:

Self Conflicts


Sometimes people hear only what they want to hear, some people see what they want to see, and they  believe in what they want to believe. Too many people trust in self and not God.


Let us always consider that our children are our future; without them there will be no future. The older generation is dying, fading away. The younger generation is weaker and wiser; so older generation let’s teach them well, so they can be our future leaders of tomorrow.

Younger generation, let’s always remember where we came from, and follow our dreams. Reach for the sky, because the sky is the limit! Let’s take care of our future for tomorrow is not promised to us.


 Older generation, let’s take care of our future with teaching. 


Younger generation, all you have to do is listen and receive what your elders are teaching. Seeing, believing, and hearing are self-conflicts!

/s/Mary Philips

Member of Martin Street Church of Christ

Some Women Are Not ‘Victims’ In Sexual Advances

To the editor:

Before we drag all the men out to the city gates and stone them  for their sins, let’s step outside the politically correct box and make a stab at being fair.

Some women learn early on that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar and apply that old axiom to the job market. I’ve been in the work force for 50  years and have seen firsthand lots of women use their considerable “assets” to promote themselves.  I’ve seen this in banks, law offices, city halls, hospitals and doctors’ offices.  


While there are plenty of bona fide situations where a woman is unable to fend off unprovoked sexual  advances   (I can hear the pc correct feminists screaming from here – but of course they love to have something to scream about since it reinforces their “victim” mentality), let’s give due process a chance. 

Now that some sunlight has been focused on the scene, they’ll be lots of cockroaches to catch as they scurry for cover.  

Look at the whole picture.

Anne Cavanaugh Burke

Biloxi/Water Valley, MS

Simmering Issues Emerge In Mayor’s Race

To the Editor:
Our mayoral race is bringing out simmering issues, as it should I guess.

Main Street Association Includes Locals And Newcomers Who Care About This Town

I read last week's “letters to the editor “and felt depressed.  There seems to be so much division and misunderstanding in our town right now. It's like a microcosm of what's happening throughout the country.

Wagner Grill House Will Not Open On Main Street

After much thought and debate I have made the decision at this time not to open Wagner Grill House in Water Valley.

Old Guard In Town Is Unwilling To Consider New Approach

Clearly, the “old guard” in city government is less than willing to consider new approaches to the business of running Water Valley.  Obstruction was the order of the evening at last Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting – not only from elected officials but from city employees as well.

We Can Know The True God Through Jesus Christ Whom He Sent

I appreciate the respect that Jaime Harker showed to Jesus and the Scriptures in her recent article promoting Violet Valley Bookstore, and her points are well taken about true Christian love.  But I believe she left out some important things that result in misleading assumptions.  

Compassion And Tolerance Does Not Mean We Accept, Nor Agree, With People’s Actions, Lifestyles Or Points Of View

Some of the memories I have as a child were coming home from school each day and watching episodes of The Little Rascals and Three Stooges. As I watched these intellectually-stirring examples of television history, I also partook of the tasty treats better known as Ding Dongs. The combination of these tasty treats and educational gems soothed my being after a long day of hard studies. 

But one of the many lessons I remember gleaning from this repeated behavior, other than Curly showing me how to not get a double poke in the eyes, was my mother telling me how there were consequences for eating sweets before the evening meal which she worked so hard to prepare. At that time in my life I didn’t see the importance of her argument. So being the strong-willed child I was, I persevered in my endeavors. 

In our society we have succumb to the belief that there are no repercussions for our actions. We see this being played out before our eyes in nearly every area of life – from sports stadiums to political offices. 

In Jamie Harker's well written article in last week’s Herald, she tells us of a loving Jesus who reaches out to many of societies “untouchables” by sharing a number of passages from the Word of God. And she is absolutely correct. There are so many other passages that speak to Jesus’ love such as 1 Peter 4:8, where the apostle says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 

And then there is Solomon who writes in Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.” 

How does love cover sin? To “cover” sin is to forgive it, and forgiveness is an expected result of love. The best example of a love that covers sin is Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf. 

In Luke 23:34 Jesus’ prayer from the cross hits the nail on the head when He says, “Father, forgive them…” Jesus’ bearing of our sins was an undeniable act of love.

Now being a parent, and grandparent, I understand the love my mother had for me, and the difficult decisions that are to be made in disciplining a child. I found that by continued partaking of the decadent morsels of crème filled cake, I suffered my mother’s promised penalties.

Whether it is from the Holy Scriptures or the laws set forth by our society, there are consequences for the decisions made every day in our lives. Is it our responsibility to judge the actions of others? I have sat on a jury in our judicial system and have even discontinued my watching of the NFL. But when it comes to the loftier things that only Jesus has right to confront, I leave it to Him. For He alone is worthy. (Matthew 25:31-46)

Did the Samaritan in Luke 10 agree with the beaten man’s politics? We don’t know. But being that he was a Jewish man, I would venture to say not. For the Jews and Samaritans despised each other. Compassion and tolerance does not mean we accept, nor agree, with people’s actions, lifestyles or points of view.

So what do we do with the people whose actions or politics we don’t agree with? Who some see as “untouchable”? As true disciples of Jesus Christ we are to, as The Lord says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

We invite them to church, we fellowship with them, we remind them that Jesus loves them the same way he loves us. In other words, let them see what true Christianity is all about.  Somebody pass me a Ding Dong…

Billy Childs

Pastor Mt. Liberty Church

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