Your Opinion: Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Can we ask for God’s continuing blessings?
“California family fined for Bible study in home”
The headline of this article should be blazed across the front page of every newspaper in this country which claims to love Ameri
ca, our constitution, mankind, and most of all God: Who would ever have expected this type of behaviour in a nation who claims to be christian? The First Amendment in our Constitution states that we shall have no law ‘respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, of the press or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
I am 78 years old and have been blessed with a large family. Beginning with my husband and me, we have 58 direct descendents, including spouses. We regularly assemble at my home, (the old family home), and have done so since the first of our children married and left the “nest.” Will this type of assembly be the next to be fined for assembling together? Yes, we do regularly pray together. Will this also be outlawed? We need to look at history to find what happened to nations who embrace God and then turn away from Him.
Take a look at what’s going on in our country and then tell me; can we still have the temerity to ask, God Bless America?
Marjorie Clifton
Potts Camp

Breed-specific statute: We can do better
The Tupelo City Council is presently considering the adoption of additional Breed Specific Legislation in an effort to readdress our current animal control ordinance. In a recent working session with city leaders, a proposed dog and cat control ordinance, in addition to model legislation for the identification and regulation of “dangerous” dogs from the American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions (JAVMA, Vol. 218, No. 11, June 1, 2001) was presented to address this issue. This Task Force has designed the more inclusive legislation for communities like ours to address the true issue at hand: free-roaming and/or “dangerous animals.”
The foundation of this model legislation is a pet registration program and the control of unrestrained and free-roaming animals.
However, even with this resource in hand, our city leaders are still intent on passing breed-spcific statutes according to recent news reports. The Task Force acknowledges that communities tend to react with a knee-jerk response only to find later it is ineffective and “divisive for the community.”
During this work session, an elected city leader was asked how he/she would respond to a pet owner of the targeted breeds, when that pet is a beloved, well-behaved member of the family, the response was, “I do not care.” This response needs to be addressed by the voting, pet-owning community to their respective council person. As a pet owner, please consider contacting your respective City Council member to consider the presented legislation.
Stephen King, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
Tupelo Small Animal Hospital
Laurie Dilworth, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
Dilworth Small Animal Hospital
Sonya Bryan, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
All Animal Hospital
Glenn Thomas, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
Tupelo Small Animal Hospital
Kelly Kirkpatrick, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
Animal Care Center of Tupelo
Marie Powell, D.V.M.-Practice Owner
Tupelo Veterinary Hospital

Collins turned her back on funding for schools
As a veteran public school teacher and parent of public school children, I know first-hand what the drastic cuts to public school funding have done.
No matter what the Republicans and Democrats in Jackson or at the national level argue about, people’s abilities to earn adequate incomes, to create a better future for our children, and improve our quality of life all point back to one overarching theme: education. Without sufficient funding for k-12 education, everyone suffers. School districts are cut to the bone and are still expected to have students perform well under more unfunded mandates. Even now, the governor’s special commission may be recommending the legislature gamble with the state employees’ retirement money.
As last spring’s state budget was being put together, I asked Sen. Nancy Collins to support “level” funding for k-12 education, and she led me to believe she would because of her “great love for education.” However, at the end of that process, she voted party lines to cut millions more. Thankfully, other legislators who do care about our children’s future stepped up and stopped this from happening.
In a few weeks, Stacy Scott will be facing Collins in the general election, and I know he is a man who supports the common Mississippian, working hard to provide for his/her family, wanting a better future for everyone. He is committed to working for the people of Mississippi, not a political party.
Change must come for Mississippi, and we, the voters, must boldly enact that change. I encourage everyone who is able to take a few minutes to drive to the polls and vote! As the August primaries proved, every vote counts. I encourage everyone to look at the District 6 incumbent Senator’s voting record, and then decide whom they want representing them in Jackson. I would encourage every citizen of District 6 to take a minute to call Stacy at (662) 296.9957 if they have any questions or concerns. He will be a senator who will work for all Mississippians.
Martin Rodgers

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