YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Concern prompted sign placement about schools
When the idea for the “For Sale … Why?” campaign was in its earliest stage, I thought it was a novel idea.
I will admit, however, when it came time to put the sign in my yard – I had reservations. I did not want to offend anyone. The reason my family and I decided to place the sign in our yard is that we have observed different things in our school district that simply “did not seem right” and have become aware of other things that were just plain wrong.
I also respectfully disagree with Fred Pitts that our signs are “very negative” and am offended that he considers us the kind of people who would send “threats.” As I think about the parents that were at our last meeting – including past school board members, past city council members, PTO Presidents, parents of Rotary Scholars, long-time TPSD educators, booster club officers, community and school volunteers, and THS alumni, just to mention a few – these are the parents who are in the trenches working daily for the children in our district.
If I were a leader in our district, I would harness the passion and energy of this group of concerned parents and use them (passion and energy) for good. As for the sign campaign – we want to know why families in our district are pulling out and going to schools elsewhere. We want to know why families moving into this area are choosing other schools for their children and other towns/cities to live in. We want to know why many of our good teachers are leaving our district to go elsewhere. We are not threatening to leave the district if we do not get what we want. We are, to the contrary, saying we want to stay in the district and fight for something we believe is a worthy cause.
We are merely trying to make others aware that “time is of the essence.” We do not want to see this trend of families choosing other districts over Tupelo continue; we want to see our district prosper and be excellent once again. The children of our district and the stakeholders of our community deserve better. We must work together now to build a better future!
Susie Miley

Bible bears evidence of divine inspiration
Writers Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson recently wrote this defense of the inspiration of scripture,, and I wanted to share it:
“First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scripture. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom, literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.
“Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.
“Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1,500 years.
“Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.
“And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.
“The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.”
Juanita Horstman
Hamilton, Miss.

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