Letters to the editor

other_letters_editorWest Main resurfacing deserves commendation

I want to say thank you for the way the resurfacing work was done on West Main Street in Tupelo, I do not know who was responsible for the city’s involvement in the project. As the mayor, Jason Shelton has the responsibility for city administration. So, I say thank you. There must have been some person in the administration that had the “day to day” responsibility, perhaps Don Lewis, and to Don, or that person, I again say thank you.

A large amount of praise must be given to the contractor (I do not know who the contractor was) for the very positive manner in which the work was completed. I wish all resurfacing jobs went as smoothly as it seemed this job was done.

Other than a few pot holes during an extended rainy few weeks, there was minimal inconvenience. It was very good that the work was done at night, and I did not suffer waiting in a long line for the work persons to do their work.

Richard “Dick” Johnson


Confederate soldiers deserve equal notice

On May 31, the Unity Presbyterian Church and Cemetery of Lee County had a Confederate Memorial remembrance service with reenactors and courtesy drinks plus a very family friendly atmosphere.

Having said that, surprisingly enough, to my dismay, I was curious as to why no one photographed or wrote about the event from the Daily Journal or any television station?

My wife and I received word of it from family. I wondered: Is this because the cemetery is private? Can that be the case? Then I continued pondering the thought whether press would have appeared had the service been at a public cemetery instead? I had come to the opinion that Confederate soldiers, although resting at a church cemetery, deserved just as much respect and recognition as those residing in public venues. Are all Civil War memorial service ceremonies treated in such fashion, almost forgotten save for a few dedicated citizens? Does it boil down to modern day politics as some may questionably argue? Sometimes I think society forgets that in order to understand present circumstances we must first have a comprehension of our past and how we arrived here. Without that how can we ever achieve a better and more proficient culture? Although the Civil War is long over, its effects linger today in the form of distant reverberating ghostly echoes. Pulitzer Prize winning author William Faulkner understood this when he wrote in “Requiem for a Nun” that “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” We should become one with the past and embrace it rather than simply sweep it aside in the public arena.

Robert Goldstein


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