Letters To Editor

Letter to the Editor — Tim McCarter

Dear Editor,

A few weeks ago a notice was published in this paper that the practice of the city of Cleveland providing trash bags to its residents would be abolished. It is my understanding that the price of these trash bags has always been included in the city's garbage collection fees. I'm well aware that all kinds of misinformation about such things can be easily acquired and I hope that the information given to me fits into that category. It is my understanding that this practice is being discontinued due to some local merchants complaining to the state Attorney General, claiming that their businesses were being negatively impacted due to the city's involvement in "retail sales" resulting in an injunction against this practice being issued by the Attorney General. I don't know if this is true or not. If it is I have a few questions:

1) Why has it taken so long for this issue to be addressed? I have lived in Cleveland for almost 10 years and the city has been issuing these trash bags for as long as I have lived here. Why is this just now a problem?

2) If this practice is being discontinued due to local merchants' complaints, who are these merchants? I would like to know and I think the public has a right to know. If I knew I can guarantee that I will never purchase a trash bag from that merchant.

3) Since the issuance of these trash bags is being discontinued will our garbage collection fees be reduced accordingly? If not, why not?

I know that this may seem a small thing to some, and in reality it is. However, if it is true that one or more of our local merchants is being so petty as to make an issue of this practice we, as the tax paying public ought to know who this merchant (or merchants, as the case may be) is. Furthermore, if, as a merchant, your business is so dependent on the sale of a few trash bags then you obviously are in far more trouble than those few sales will remedy.

I believe these are valid questions and would be a good thing for the intrepid investigative reporters of the venerable Bolivar Commercial newspaper to pursue.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Tim McCarter



Letter to the Editor — Our House

Dear Editor,

Our House, Inc. is an agency that assists clients who have been affected by interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking). We offer effective prevention programs in an effort to combat violence before it happens in the communities we serve.

The organization was founded in 1995. Our mission is to eliminate interpersonal violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection, and sustainable restoration.

Currently Our House has established over 11 programs to address the issue of violence in the family through youth and adult groups and programs. The organization also offers 24hour shelter and hotline services for victims of domestic violence.

Our House, Inc. serves ten counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Sharkey and Washington.

As a non-profit, we are actively seeking passionate, goal oriented and dependable volunteers to assist with the organization’s programs. We believe that volunteers are the backbone of our organization. As Our House, Inc. grows, it is more important than ever to have volunteers to assist with the day-to-day operations, promoting the organization’s mission and providing needed services to our clients and staff.

Volunteering is one of the most respected and simple methods of assisting any organization, as well as rewarding and enjoyable for those who choose to give of themselves. As a volunteer for our agency, individuals will receive valuable training and networking with other agencies and programs in the community.

We are proudly funded by United Way of Washington County and the United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County. It is our hope that the community continues to support United Way. Their funding is vital to Our House, Inc. success in serving clients and meeting their needs.


Patricia Edwards

Family Violence Grant-Coordinator


Letter to the Editor — Amy Barefield

Dear Editor

“No, I’m not coaching. It’s a huge responsibility to coach somebody.” –Oksana Baiul

I am writing to express my disappointment in the behavior of the Cleveland Central High School Slow Pitch Softball coach witnessed on Saturday, October 7, 2017. As an educator, I was embarrassed by her lack of maturity and judgment; as a parent, I was saddened for my daughter and for her own players witnessing her lack of faith in her team; as an adult, I was shocked by her juvenile outbursts and actions. Her job as a high school coach should be about more than winning by any means. She should be held to standards of integrity and fairness as a role model. More than once in the games, she was reprimanded and warned by the umpires for her outbursts and at one point was confined to the dugout for the remainder of play.

I understand that Starkville was at fault for not having the newest stamp on our bats, and as such we were subject to disqualification from the tournament. But, once her choice was made to let us play with one bat of Cleveland’s, the fact that she then took the bat back after we had won a game was the equivalent of “taking my toys and going home” because she was then facing competition and the possibility of elimination. Letting us play with the bat while we were losing but taking it back when we were winning showed a lack of respect to her own team as well as poor sportsmanship and immaturity to both teams.

Walking from the field, I heard one of her own players trying to explain what had happened to her little sister by saying, “I don’t really know what happened.” It was definitely not pride in her play or her team I heard in that young lady’s voice. And, it was not pride in their team I heard in the apologies from Cleveland fans as we walked out of the park.

The coach’s behavior exhibited a lack of understanding or any respect for what being a high school coach means. I would fault the umpires for allowing it to unfold in this manner, or the other coaches for not stopping her, or even the parents and fans for feeding the emotions that led to the action, except none of those persons can be expected to have to do their jobs as well as babysit a coach. At some point, an adult must be responsible for her own actions. I think when the coach took on the responsibility of leading a team of young ladies, she passed that point.

Deeply Disappointed,

Amy Barefield

Starkville High School softball parent


Letter to the Editor — Noel Funchess

Dear Editor,

A recent columnist quoted philosopher Voltaire's offer to "defend to the death" a person's rights of free speech, ("Nothing's more sacred than freedom", Sept. 29). However, in doing  so the writer ignored the first half of the famous quote which is, "I disapprove of what you say....."). More's the pity.

Yes, even the President has the right of disapproval. Using his bully pulpit to do so has a long and well publicized history. This in no way equates with government passing new prohibitive laws as the columnist implied.

Business owners have every right to fire employees who take a position, (or in this case a knee), which could lead to public disapproval and therefore loss of income. This is all the President has advocated. Perhaps it is the columnist who needs a teaching moment.

Noel Funchess

Cleveland, Mississippi