Letters to the Editor: July 22, 2014

other_letters_editorNoble can take solace in doing the right thing

Your July 20 article regarding Sonny Noble’s story as a whistle-blower has an all too familiar ending. Having spent 25 years working in the government contracting industry, I have had the chance to see a number of whistleblower actions, with all coming to the same end.

While the initial motive is an attempt to end the unethical and sometimes criminal behavior, the person trying to do the right thing becomes collateral damage. Initially the opinion is on the side of the whistleblower for having had the courage; however, once the story unfolds and revenue becomes more important than ethics the hero becomes the villain. The sad part is that as a society, and now with social media playing such a huge role in affecting uninformed opinions, we turn on the very person whose courage in speaking out was initially hailed as the right thing to do into the enemy.

Politics, governmental agencies and other organizations where power is pride is fraught with unethical, immoral and criminal behavior. You need only to pick up the paper each day to see examples.

I don’t know this young man, but I know his story…the ending is always the same. Time will pass and another unethical dilemma will find its way into the news. Mr. Noble may have to move to find another job he loves and as long as he never loses sight that what he did was the right thing to do he will be able to look himself in the mirror and to teach his children never to settle for the status quo and always do the right thing, no matter the outcome.

This article was very well written as are most in the Journal. Your writer did not portray Mr. Noble as a victim but rather as a strong individual intent on moving forward regardless of public opinion. The negativity associated with his actions were downplayed which is refreshing when most of the news media uses the negative to fuel a story and that gives rise to the uninformed social media opinions that spin a situation out of control at the speed of light.

Glynna McKendree

Oxford

  • Derrick Forrester

    My wife was recently cited to go to court for a traffic violation. No big deal, it happens everyday. She has never been in trouble nor has she ever been to court for anything. She drove an hour and a half to go to court (because we live in Southaven, MS) and also had to take a day off of work to attend. Granted she did not dress appropriately simply because of her ignorance. She wore shorts and a t-shirt and a ball cap. This was a simple traffic violation and maybe dressing up for the occasion was not in her thought process.
    The bailiff, Russ Hollis, rudely told her that she could dismiss herself from the court (in front of everybody) because of her attire. He also told her that if she wanted to impress anyone, that she better dress up better than what she had on. Who are we trying to impress?
    She left crying and very upset from the embarrassment that this officer/bailiff (whatever his title is) had bestowed upon her. What if she did not have any better clothes? Why is a tax paid employee so rude to someone who pays his salary? Most of all, who would he answer to? My guess is he doesnt have to answer to anybody because of his title and coworkers.
    My wife and I both work in the healthcare field and if we are rude to our patients or embarrass them, then we are repremanded on the spot. The patient can complain and the hospital actually loses money due to unsatisfied patients. What happens to the court system if they do the same? Nothing! Who do I report this guy to or what action can be taken?
    Derrick Forrester

    • 1941641

      Welcome to Mississippi where Ignorance Is Bliss, Intelligence Amiss! Our illustrious Gov. “Fundie”, Phil Bryant is the prime example! Just to send him packing next election cycle would decrease the suffering of thousands of Mississippians.