To the Editor:

I would like to thank each volunteer that took time out of their weekend on April 20 to assist in the clean up effort of the second annual Keep Paris Beautiful event.

With your help we were able to plant trees and flowers at several locations, including both city parks and the Paris Elementary playground. We were able to pick up about 15 large bags of trash and debri and to remove graffiti and repaint a building off the downtown square on Highway 109.

Volunteers also painted a mural on the south side of Wells Law Firm building and on the ticket office at the rodeo arena, among many other clean up activities.

Local sponsors donated funds to purchase all the needed supplies for the event.

Thank you to CV’s Family Foods, First National Bank at Paris, Bank of the Ozarks, Arvest Bank, Pizza Hut, Elmer’s P & E, Walmart, Wells Law Firm, Castle Graphics, Ameriprise Financial, Mike and Susan Johnson, McDonald’s of Paris, the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce and the Paris Elementary PTO.

Without the support of these local sponsors and the 45 volunteers, we couldn’t have completed these wonderful projects. Thank you all for caring and having pride in our community.

Tonya Varnell

To the Editor:

While on a recent trip to town I witnessed an elderly lady with a walker walking across the parking lot while a young gentleman was parked in a handicapped parking spot. His motor was running, radio blasting and no permit for handicapped parking could be seen.

It is amazing how our elderly, disabled/handicapped citizens and their rights are taken for granted. How shameful of us. I was not brought up this way. I was taught to respect my elders and those less fortunate. What can we do to make their trip to town easier for them?

Sad, some of our businesses, only one I can think of, are so full of merchandise that a wheelchair could not get through the aisles.

Thinking of parking in a handicap space and running in and right back out, these are set aside for a reason and it’s not for our convenience. Handicap parking spaces should be left for our disabled/handicapped. They need them. It may mean we have to walk a little further. Most of us could use the exercise.

How about getting up and giving an elderly person your seat if another one is not available for them?

We could open doors, offer to carry packages, get items off shelves they can’t reach, etc. I’m sure if you stopped and thought about it you could think of other ways to be of assistance. These people didn’t choose to be handicapped.

Think if it was someone you loved. How would you want them treated? What about the Golden Rule?

Next time you come to a handicap parking space, pass it up. When you see a person that needs some help ask, "May I help?."

You just might experience a "warm fuzzy."

Donna Wilson

To the Editor:

The organizers of the Donnie Stinnett benefit would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us make the benefit a success.

To those who gave donations, sold tickets and gave their time, we thank each and every one.

Friends and family of

Donnie Stinnett

To the Editor:

I’d like to say a very special thank you to everyone who gave their time, their donations, who sold tickets and who worked so hard to make the benefit a success.

There is just no way to show how much we appreciate each and every one of you. I feel so lucky to live in a community like Paris, where everyone is willing to help and support each other.

May God bless you all.

Donnie Stinnett