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Distance requirements…Baker Street Park…Spring Fires…April Fools…

“My two cents” is an American idiomatic expression, taken from the original British idiom expression: to put in ” my two pennies worth”. It used to preface the stating of one’s opinion. By deprecating the opinion to follow — suggesting its value is only two cents, a very small amount — the user of the phrase hopes to lessen the impact of a possibly contentious statement, showing politeness and humility. However, it is also sometimes used with irony when expressing a strongly felt opinion.

Herald readers are invited to submit their two cents on-line on stories which have appeared in the newspaper and on our website at Below are some of the best taken from recent submissions.

On the topic of the board of aldermen amending the distance requirement from churches, one Herald reader commented:

They changed the beer ordinance because it was poorly conceived to start with. Even the aldermen said it was done in a rush. I wonder if it would stand up to a legal challenge? I asked when I paid my light bill about the zoning ordinance and they told me it was put together by some consultant and it was done over months instead of hours.

If they had hired a consultant for the beer ordinance, it would have been done better.

Our story about the rehab work at Baker Street Park prompted this comment:

Way to go, Levert.  This is a project that can help bring an entire community together.

Another reader added:

I hope this project succeeds. I also hope that the community as well as law enforcement will keep the drugs out so that it can be a nice place for the small kids to enjoy as well as the teens. Good luck Baker Street Park. It’s a good thing.

And several readers called wanting to know how to volunteer to work on the project. One told a Herald reporter:

I didn’t even know there was another park. I don’t have a lot of money to give, but I have time. How can I help?

On the article about spring fires keeping county firefighters busy, readers had this to say:

Thanks to the volunteers!

Kudos to the volunteer fire departments for their efforts.

And, for those who don’t think guys ever grow up, this comment a fifty-something male made to the Herald reporter on the scene of one of the grass fires:

I wonder if they would let me ride in the truck and blow the siren?

On April Fools’ Day last Monday, the Herald put a bogus story on the web about natural gas drilling in the Railroad Park in downtown Water Valley (not to be confused with the REAL  gas story in print edition) . If you didn’t see it, you can bring in up in the archives. Our readers had a few choice comments including these:

Great April Fools’ Day Joke. I almost fell for it.

This is the dumbest April Fools’ joke ever!

Come on folks! It has to be a joke. Read how entirely ridiculous the article is!

Move over Beverly Hillbillies, here we come.

Hmmmm…Not sure about gas. Ha…maybe a lot of “hot air” here on April Fools’ Day.

And finally, this reader’s rebuke:

I enjoy practical jokes as much as the next person. However, I do not believe that my newspaper – which I depend on for announcements and current happenings – to be a part of this type behavior. Just one more topic for us to be the talk of the town. This article has produced a lot of gossip. We hold those over the newspaper to a higher standard than this.

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