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PAGE 4 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE LOCAL November 12, 2014. ?: US PRESIDENT Barack Obama The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 2o2.456.1414 phone 202.456.2461 fax comments US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden The White House 16oo Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 202.456.1414 phone 2o2.456.2461 fax vice_president@white- US SENATE Roger VCieker U.S. Senate 487 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202.224.6253 phone 202.224.2262 fax Thad Coehran U.S. Senate 326 Russell Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202.224.5054 phone US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Steven Palazzo House of Representatives 2311 Rayburn House Office Building Washmgton, D.C. 20515 202.225.5772 phone MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR Phil Bryant PO Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205 6Ol.359.315o MISSISSIPPI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Tate Reeves PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215 6Ol.359.32oo MISSISSIPPI SENATE Billy Hudson (District 45) 27 Troon Circle Hattiesburg, MS 39401 6Ol.466.3573 PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 MISSISSIPPI SENATE Tony Smith (District 47) 51 Lancair Drive Picayune, MS 39466 PO Box lO18 Jackson, MS 39215-1o18 MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Douglas D. MeLeod (Dist. 107) 1211 Bexley Church Rd Lucedale, MS 39452 PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1018 601-508-0288 Timmy Ladner (Dist. 93) PO Box 167 Poplarville, Ms 3947o PO Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215-1018 STONE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Joseph Davenlmrt 0X l) Daniel Harl a) Ianee Pem'son (Dist. 3) Scott Striekland 4) Dale Bond (Dist. 5) P.O. Drawer 7 W' gins, MS 39577 601.928.5266 CITY OF WIGGINS Joel Miles (Mayor) Darrdl Berry (Ward 1) Ron Dyal OVard 2) George Smith CvVard 3) Tommy Hall (Ward 4) Mary Frances Carson (At-Large) 117 S. First Street Wiggins, MS 39577 1.928.7221 The Stone County Enterprise encourages its read- ers to submit letters to the editor about issues dis- cussed in the newspaper or that are relevant to the community. Letters may be sent by mail to PO Box 157, Wiggins, MS 39577, or dropped off at the newspa- per offices: 143 S. First St., Wiggins, or sent by email: editor All letters sent my mail, email or dropped off at the office must be signed and contain a telephone number and address for verification purposes. No unsigned or anonymously-written let- ter to the editor will be published. The Stone County Enterprise reserves the fight to proofread or edit letters to the editor. The Enterprise also reserves the right to refuse to pub- lish any letter. The views expressed in letters to the editor are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Stone County Enterprise or its staff. Contact Us Telephone ............................ ..... 6oi .928.4802 Tollfl'ce ..................................... 866.23L6721 Fmx ........................................ 601.928.2191 General emai] ...... editor@ stonecounb' Newsroom email ........ new~@ston~oun Classified email ..... classifieds@ Hello Stone County! Every year for Veterans Day the Stone County Enterprise sets aside a page or two for a salute to our veterans, as we did in last week's paper. Each year we offer busi- nesses an opportunity through a small ad to say a thank you to our veterans for their serv- ice. Several years ago, just before Veterans Day in my home mailbox, I received a letter asking for a donation, nothing new, we get those all the time from one organiza- tion or another. This one however was from the Wounded Warrior Program, and because I feel so strongly about our military people I read the information they sent, and decided this was something I personally would like to support so I sent in my check, not a lot, but every little bit helps they say. As time drew near for our annual Veterans Day salute and I pre- pared to call local busi- nesses, I asked myself how could we combine the two. So, I went to the Editor/Publisher of the Enterprise, Heather Freret-Anderson, and showed her the informa- tion about the Wounded Warrior Program and asked if it would be pos- sible for us to donate a portion of the money from the ads I sold to this organization. Heather said most defi- nitely. So, each year since, it has been my honor and privilege to be in charge of our Veterans Day Salute. It was small at first-only one page, then two and this year we had to go to three pages because I had such a great response from local merchants. I want to thank each and every business owner that I called on for their support. With your help we will be sending a check for more than $700 to The Wounded Warrior Program this year. We owe our vet- erans more than we, as a nation, can ever repay. They are the ones that stand guard during peacetime and times of war, they stand ready to defend this nation at a moment's notice. They leave their homes, and their families, not because they want to but because we as a nation give them a job to do, and their dedication to duty, honor, God, family and county, are the words they live by. Most veterans don't talk about their service, especially if they served during a time of war. They will tell you where they were stationed, and maybe a little about their particular job, but that is about it. These men and women must endure so much, even if they lose a buddy they can not stop to grieve, they have to carry on there is no time, war does not wait. So they lock it away deep inside, pick up their rifle and go back to work. This is one reason they will talk to each other but not to civilians, because we do not understand, we can- not understand, because we have not walked in their shoes. Charlotte Wippler My oldest son, John III, served 20 years in the Marines. He served at the White House as a Presidential Guard, and as one the elite Silent Drill Team members; and when the call came, he served with the second Marine Division when they took the airport in Kuwait during Operation Dessert Storm. I only recently learned some of the things he was witness to during that time, and it is no wonder we have so many of America's finest that come home broken, and not just physically. My husband, John, served two tours of duty on an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam war, and even after all our years together I know little of this time in his life. During Viet Nam, a war that most politi- cians referred to as a conflict, however, I am sure if you could ask one of the more than 50,000 that lost their lives they would say it was a war. These soldiers, were sent to do a job only to return home to be spat on, called names and have the nation that sent them to war turn their back on them. What does that say about us as a people? Our veterans should have the very best this nation has to offer. The best leaders, the best equipment, the best pay and the very best med- ical care when they are injured, be it physically or mentally, and not some government run "To us in America, freedom. From the the reflections of trenches of Germany, to Armistice Day will be the murky waters of filled with solemn pride Vietnam and all the way in the heroism of those to the sand who died in the coun- dunes of Iraq, try's service and with millions of gratitude for the victory, Americans have both because of the given up time thing from which it has with their loved freed us and because of ones, suffered the opportunity it b as life-altering given America to show wounds, and for her sympathy with some, even peace and justice in the their lives - all councils of the so we can live nations..." - President in the greatest Woodrow Wilson, nation in the November 11, 1919 world. Now, dozens of wars I believe that Congress and nearly a century has an unyielding later, we recognize responsibility to those November 11th as who have braved the Veterans Day. On this front lines by ensuring day we should take time they have access to to acknowledge and things they need most, show our respect for the from keeping our com- counfless men and missaries open to con- women in uniform who tinuing to ensure they have sacrificed for our receive exceptional care within our Veterans Administration hospi- tals. In May, after learning the news of the disgraceful events taking in our Congressman Steven Palazzo ities and how our war heroes were being treated, immediately to see that this horrific wrong was righted. I called for the immediate resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. I also hosted veteran's forums in Biloxi and Hattiesburg over the summer to gain a better understanding of the concerns and needs of the Gulf Coast veteran community. Over 200 veterans came out to share their stories regarding mistreatment within the veteran's affairs healthcare sys- tem. My grandfather was a World War II veteran who I always looked to with the utmost honor and dignity. I believe every veteran should be seen in that same light, and treated with the respect they have earned. As a United States Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and a current member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, I remain committed to health care like the VA. Without these brave men and women, where would this country be? From the beginning of this great nation there have been soldiers will- ing to lay down their very lives if necessary to protect her. We should thank them every day, because it is they that keep the wolf from our doors. So, I say to all who serve and have served a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you. Mere words are not enough to express the gratitude I feel for each and every one of our veterans. And remember you don't have to wait till Veterans Day to thank a veteran. If you see a mil- itary person while your shopping, or running errands, take the time to stop and shake their hand and say thank you for your service. You will most likely take them by surprise and they may not know what to say, because they are not use to this, they don't brag or boast, because to them this is their job, something they volunteered for, they do it out of a sense of duty and love of county but, I guarantee you will put a smile on their face with those two words, Thank You. Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of the week. Charlotte Wippler is a staff member at the Stone County Enterprise. Her opin- ions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. You can email her at www. ads @ stonecontyenter- making sure that our veterans receive the quality care and services they need and deserve. Not only should we be thankful to those who serve overseas, but also to the family members of our servicemen and women who make sacri- rices as well. It takes a special and selfless fam- ily to make it through holidays in the absence of their loved ones, move countless times to installations around the world, and handle the stress of everyday life on top of worrying about the well-being of their family member serving overseas. To those fami- lies, we thank you for your sacrifice. Anyone who wears a uniform for our country deserves respect that well surpasses just one day of recognition. To all of the men and women who are current- ly and have served our country, thank you. God bless our veterans, their families, and God bless the United States of America. Steven Palazzo is a mem- ber of the U. S. House of Representatives. His opin- ions are not necessarily those of the Stone County Enterprise. 2311 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202.225.5772 phone Stone Count3, nte nee SERVING STONE COUNTY SINCE 1916 Published each Wednesday at 143 First Street, Wiggins, MS 39577 (601) 928-4802 * fax (601) 928-2191 * E-rnail: USP$ 522-300 Periodical postage paid at Wiggins, Mississippi 39577, Heather Anderson Publisher/Editor Jody O'Hara Charlotte Wippler Staff Writer Advertising Sales Member Mississippi Press Association Single copy price 75 cents. Subscription rate inside Stone County is $25.00 per year; in-state $37.00 per year; outside-of-state $42.00 per year. Service members subscriptions are $25.00 per year. Entered weekly as a second class mail mattcr July 3, 1906, at the Post Office in Wiggins, Mississippi, under the Act of Congress March 13, 1879. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Stone County Enterprise, Box 157, V )ggins,MS 39577.