Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 11

Sunday, November 11, 2012

We must remember history

To the Editor:

On Sept. 1, 1939, Hitler began the worst war in history by invading Poland. World War II killed more people, cost more money, damaged more property and caused more changes than any war in history. The World Book estimates 9 million soldiers were killed or wounded, with our enemy about the same.

With the invention of the airplane, there were no front lines. Men, women and children were all in danger. It is estimated that between 50 to 70 million were killed in all. There were over fifty countries involved in the war, according to the World Book. In short time Hitler controlled most of Europe except Great Britain -- he hoped to conquer them by bombing.

That summer he decided to invade Russia. He had not studied Napoleon's Catastrophe.

Things went well for him until then. Cold Russian winter hit, along with the planes and supplies that the United State was sending. The allies opened the western front on June 6, 1944. In May 1945 Germany surrendered.

I was flying MATs (Military Air Transport) in the South Pacific when World War II came to an end. I was on my way to Palau. My radio man came up and said "Well, World War II is officially over. The atomic bombs did the work." That was September 1945.

I hope and pray we don't have another.

Ike Farrar

Flat Creek

Mr. Farrar, 93, is a veteran of World War II. He flew transport and medical missions in the South Pacific during World War II.

Water rate increase is 'intense'

To the Editor:

I am writing on the recent increase of the Wartrace water rates to rural customers. The bill increased from $38 dollars per month (included 2,000 gal water usage) to $65 dollars per month. This is a bit intense, to say the least. Today's economic times are difficult enough without almost doubling a water bill!

I refer to a Times-Gazette article published on Nov 23, 2010, when Wartrace was switching over to Tullahoma system for water. At that time Wartrace water rates increased 20 percent. They called in a Municipal Technical Advisory Service representative, William Haston. He said "another rate hike won't be necessary for several years."

It hasn't even been two years. Rural customers don't even have sewer. There are hundreds of us who will be getting a petition together. Wartrace has received grant money in the past. Maybe they need another financial advisor. They had thousands to build a new sidewalk. This is near communist, raising a water bill to almost double.

How in the world do they expect people who are already struggling to shell out another near-doubled bill? This is not a major pipeline to Alaska.

Susan G Scarbrough


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