Meridian Star


November 25, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012


MERIDIAN — C.E. Swain, WWII vet and

retired UMC minister

Make sure vets get

needed treatment

    Many people believe Vietnam veterans injured in the war receive health care from VA hospitals. This is not true.

    Any veteran who served offshore Vietnam is denied health care and lost wage compensation for any disease or disability caused by Agent Orange - dioxin.

    These veterans are dying of the same conditions as troops who served on land, from the cancers, diabetes and heart diseases related to dioxin poisoning. But they are not eligible for the same VA benefits.

    This is an issue the American public needs to know about so they can demand their Congressional representatives support legislation currently before the House and Senate. We must end this travesty!

    Only the American public can bring the needed changes by demanding their senators and representatives vote for S-1629, the Agent Orange Act of 2011, which will help solve the problems of offshore Vietnam veterans while they are still alive.

    Yours respectfully,

James E. Mills, USN retired, Collinsville

Bring back The Hub

    Wednesday Nov. 28,  2012 marks a major milestone in the landmark history of the city of Hattiesburg: the dedication of the massive four-story electric city "Slogan Sign" — the famous and spectacular "Hub Sign", was first lighted on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28 1912!

    The iconic Hub Sign is the exact origin of Hattiesburg being widely known as "The Hub" or "The Hub City," a foundational event in our community Identity and heritage, and so I sincerely thank Mayor Johnny DuPree for officially proclaiming Nov. 28, 2012 from now on as "Hub City Day" in Hattiesburg!

    But the original Hub Sign has been gone for over 60 years. If you support our efforts to erect a full-size Hub Sign replica downtown in time for HubFest 2013 (Saturday, April 6), inform your civic leaders at City Hall, the Convention & Tourism Commission, and the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. Let's restore "The Heartbeat of the Hub"!

    Human beings are very much visual creatures — we are influenced, inspired, and motivated by symbols such as flags, emblems and signs, and therefore, we should recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the fact that our magnificent Hub Sign definitely helped Hattiesburg actually become and remain the transportation, cultural, economic and educational "Hub" of South Mississippi, not only in name--but in reality!

    For more information, visit the Facebook homepage "Hattiesburg--1912--2012--Bring Back The Hub!"

    100 Years of Hub! Bring Back The Hub! Long Live The Hub!


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