Meridian Star


September 1, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013


MERIDIAN — Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr.

Your taxpayer dollars

at work

    Well folks, our President Barack Hussein Obama and family have just gotten back from a $100 million vacation to Africa and have now returned from another vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

    What a job this guy has; constantly on vacation and playing golf and spending taxpayers' money. The royal family left for Martha's Vineyard but of course the "First Dog" and his handler were not allowed to travel with them and I hear the sum of $5,000 was set aside to pay for the doggy and his handler to fly in another airplane.

    Yes folks; there is a good and understandable reason for the dog not being in the same plane with Barack Hussein because I understand from the news media that Sharia Law prohibits an animal from being on the same conveyance as a muslim.

    That doggy was give to Obama by Kennedy several years ago and the handler was hired at a paltry salary of only $105,000 a year to take care of the first dog.

    By the way folks, July 25 of this year, the President invited a whole bunch of muslims to the White House for a little celebration during the muslim holidays to congratulate them on all the accomplishments that muslims had made to make this country greater.

    If any of you readers of this paper can write in this column and let me know if there are just two things the Muslims have done, I would like to know what they are.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Knowles, Meridian

Use art to beautify Meridian

    My wife Helen and I love to sit and watch the news together. We have been noticing several shots of downtown buildings and how they do pull away shots which show worn out looking buildings.

    I pointed out to her one day that instead of seeing large blank sides to these buildings I could see large canvases which would be so perfect for art.

    Meridian is billed as a Arts and Entertainment town so why not do more of it? Why not take some of these buildings with the owners permissions and bring in art students, school classes, people from all walks of life in Meridian and from all different sectors of our town together in unity?

    When you work together on a project you come to know your neighbors better and develop relationships. We have seen the art that came up on a building on 23rd Avenue and 8th Street and we think this is neat. Oops just dated ourselves.     When Helen and I travel through towns going to the coast, etc., we see art such as this and it always draws our attention to it. Perhaps business, groups, etc., could donate the materials, and possibly it could be coordinated through Main Street and each area could have a theme.

    These could possibly be, ailroad tracks, trains, etc., Jimmy Rogers, magnolias or whatever is specific to each demographic area. I understand some are historic and this would not be allowed, but others can be if the business owners thought this was a good idea.

    Just a thought that we felt should be shared. Lets all put our minds together for the betterment of our community. I know there are people doing great and innovative things on interior projects, maybe this would compliment those efforts with exterior projects also.

    Lets look to the positive and not always to the negative. Lastly even if this idea does not work, maybe someone has a better one. If so, lets go for it Meridian.

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