Meridian Star

March 10, 2013

Letters: Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — The average person

and the sequester

    Many people are not aware that “we the people” are the government. If there were no people, we would have no need for Congress or the president.  

    We the people have power that we are not using. The sequester that recently went into effect took the average taxpayer by surprise. Many were not aware of what the term meant and how it would change the country routine.

     How will you as an average American be impacted by the sequester? As with any budget cut, they can cut your programs but not mine. So what can I do and what can you do?

    I suggest that every adult write to his/her senator or representative. The letter should clearly express ideas on solving the budget problem. We send our elective officials to Washington to represent our best interest. We must hold our elective officials accountable for decisions made (compromise is not a dirty word). Many of us learned at an early age that life would require “give and take.”

     The sequester will affect every citizen in every state. The full impact will be felt for years to come.

Ruth Sanders,


City and county partner

for emergency services


    We at the city of Meridian want to thank our partners on the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors and the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency. City and county government will once again work together for emergency services.

    This partnership will continue to save tax dollars, and provide city and county citizens with the best emergency management services possible.

    Hazard mitigation falls into the area of emergency management. Approximately ten years ago, the city of Meridian broke away from Lauderdale County to form its own emergency management department, the Department of Homeland Security.

    Last year we began a reorganization of that department and we repurposed its mission.

    The director of Homeland Security took on the role of chief administrative officer.

    The department itself was changed from Homeland Security to Department of Public Safety & Training.

    We increased focus on ensuring the city's responders are trained and prepared to perform their duties.

    Improved coordination with Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency. Communication is vital to success in any situation. Emergency management is no exception.

    With the Meridian Department of Public Safety & Training and the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency once again serving as partners, first responder communication, decisions, and actions will flow more quickly and smoothly.

    The city of Meridian will incur a one-time expense of approximately $4,000 because a new hazard mitigation plan must be written. That is a state requirement of the new partnership.

    By partnering with LEMA, the city will also continue to waive the expense of salary and benefits for a director of Public Safety & Training. That is more than $85,000 when both salary and benefits are totaled together.

    This partnership will further improve emergency management services and continue to save the taxpayers of Meridian more than $80,000 annually.

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry