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Letters To Editor – Dec. 13, 2012

No Soap In Schools Puts Parent In Lather

Letter To The Editor Concerning Water Valley School District:
  What is the issue with hand-soap in the Water Valley School District?
  I would love to know the answer, but no one at the central office, or the school, seems to know.
  Is it they can’t budget for soap?
  I sure hope that is not the excuse. Every public restroom should, and most likely is required to have a working hand-washing sink; which would be defined by hot water, soap, and paper towels. I don’t mind sending a few bottles of soap as requested on school supply list, but that should not have to be requested. My children, nor any other child, should have to  potty then go to a teacher for a squirt of soap or germ-x. That is something that should be readily available.
  Yalobusha County, Water Valley, where groceries, lumber, gasoline, car-tags, etc….is more expensive than neighboring counties should produce enough tax revenue to furnish the school with hand soap. Is that small percentage of the budget being pocketed by someone who has the opportunity to vote whether or not they deserve a raise, or is it included in the budget, but not being properly executed?
  I personally send snack money with my children everyday, that should be enough to purchase soap. I am sure other parents are buying snacks at the school snack store as well. If it is a donation the school needs to provide proper hand-washing equipment, just ask! I am sure the community could make it possible. I mean, don’t hold back for the need, you aren’t shy to ask for less needed items. Please, someone tell me why the school can not provide our children with hand-soap?
  /s/Rebecca Phillips

Reader Promotes Monolithic Dome Jail

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Yalobusha County:
  Yalobusha County is in the process of building a new jail, and seeks a structure that is strong, safe, long-lasting, and affordable. I urge all voters and taxpayers to go online and check out monolithic domes. They last for centuries, are self supporting, have an extremely high insulation value, are fire proof, never need a new roof or exterior maintenance, and FEMA regularly certifies them as community disaster shelters offering near absolute protection.
  Quite simply, there is nothing that can be constructed as quickly, will last as long, be safer, offer lower costs to heat and cool and be maintenance free.
  /s/Don McConnell

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