By NEMS Daily Journal
Cheaper solutions exist for railroad problems
Six years is long time. Don’t you really wonder why the railroad study has taken so long, and where that $2 million was actually spent, and what for? Supposedly the only solution that will be brought forward is to elevate the tracks above the Crosstown intersection. But this solution will cause more problems than it solves and will not address all the railroad crossings in our city. And even after this study is completed, we are left with the fact that it will be impossible to find $500 million to actually make it happen.
The obvious problem with the trains is not how many, but the speed limit (20 mph) imposed on them by the city. One only needs to go up the road to New Albany to see how fast the trains go through town. They are in and out so quickly that there is little disturbance; same for Nettleton, or go to Germantown or Collierville in Tennessee.
So, it appears to us that a solution is available, but “unstudied” so far. Why not increase the speed of the trains through Tupelo, install crossing guards at all railroad crossings, and mandate a “Quiet Zone” to shut off the blowing of the horns all the way through town every hour of the day and night?
There are some curves in the track that would need adjustment, and the crossing at the other railroad line would have to be straightened out, but making these few changes would enable the trains to go much faster than they are going now.
Then there is the problem of the switch yard. We can move it out of town or just turn it around by moving the switch to the east end instead of at Crosstown.
None of the above will cost $500 million and would not involve another study by consultants. We have already wasted $2 million dollars and six years on that. Tupelo people working with the railroad can accomplish the above, and Tupelo can afford to pay its share for these improvements that will benefit both the city and the railroad.
Richard M. “Dick” Johnson
Send a voice on terms to the polls this summer
Did you know presidents at one time could run for more than two terms? Do you know why it was changed? This was enacted because of fears that if a president served too long, he would assume too much power or importance as an individual, rather than as a public servant.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first president to whom the 22nd amendment applied, expressed concern over the erosion of a second-term president’s power and influence. This was limited by the 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1947, which limits the service of a president to two elected terms up to four years in length. Should a president succeed to the term of another president, and serve more than two years of that term, he is only eligible for one elected term.
Why am I writing this, you might ask? The local elections are at our doorstep, literally; before you vote “think heartily.” Many of these elected officials because of us have developed a God-like complex due to the amount of terms served; you know exactly what I am speaking of. So let us send a voice at the polls that we are tired of our elected officials forgetting who puts them there. The same fear that many early presidents had, also applies for all elected officials. God Bless, and have a wonderful day.
For fathers today: Your message matters
Boys are swamped with messages from TV, friends, school, the neighborhood, online, music and movies. Everything they see and hear tells them what it means to “be a man” – that they have to be tough, be in control, or that they need to boss others around, including their girlfriends.
Men can give positive messages – about respect, honor, and responsibility. Now more than ever, the boys in your life need your time and energy. Your son, grandson, nephew, younger brother – the boys you teach and coach – rely on you to grow into healthy young men.
Boys need advice, especially on how to behave toward girls. They are watching how you treat women. Help them learn that real men don’t hurt women, that violence does not equal strength, and that there is honor in taking a stand for respect and against violence.
If you want to stop violence against women, reach out to a boy in your life.
Be there. If it comes down to one thing you can do, this is it.
Show respect. Boys will learn what respect means by watching how you treat others.
Teach him about honor. Let him know from an early age that honor and integrity are marks of a great man.
Give him options. Share strategies for handling violent situations and staying safe.
Ask about his world.
Find out who his role models are. Ask him who he respects and why. Let him know that people who disrespect women are not admirable and point him to men who are.
Check out the web site of A Call to Men, a leading national men’s organization addressing domestic and sexual violence prevention and the promotion of healthy manhood. (www.acalltomen.com)
Check out the web site for S.A.F.E., Inc., the local domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center serving Northeast Mississippi. (www.safeshelter.net.)
Let’s engage the 85 percent of men who aren’t abusive. Draw in men to create a social source of respect – and to normalize this dialogue. So, in this season when we celebrate Father’s Day and honor the men in our lives, let’s thank those who are helping stop violence and encourage others to do so as well. It’s our best hope for a future in which many more women and children are safe.
Deborah Yates, Executive Director