Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15, 2013

All in poverty’s grip advised to live by Bible

Much has been said recently about people living in poverty here in Mississippi and the effect of poverty on children going to school. I somewhat agree, but mainly people lived in poverty back in the ’30s and ’40s, yet managed quite well with honesty and integrity in many families. My wife is from a family of 10 children, yet she was valedictorian of her senior class, and all are well-adjusted, law-abiding citizens and respected by everyone in the community where they live.

Today, many large families are on welfare and are dominated by sin, distrust and prejudice. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, four-letter words take precedence. The effect brings about fights, disorder and perpetuates poverty and negative living conditions.

Just about any family that upholds biblical standards also will overcome poverty and create conditions in the home of love and respect.

Many people in poverty would be well advised to thoroughly search for the good life outlined to us in God’s holy word.

Rest assured the good life cannot be found in casinos, bars, liquor stores, etc.

The educational situation will greatly improve provided a family will adopt the winning ways.

E.M. “Ed” Herring


  • Guest Person

    Thank you for your personal insights Mr. Herring and though I am glad your family rode the depression out well much of the country did not. In fact crime rose sharply during the 30s and 40s. Familes and marriages fell aprt due to men abandoning them. Many people felt helpless and disinfranchised which led down a dark path similar to today. Your selective memory only allows to the chance to tell others how to live and forget the fact that our country rose out of that time because we worked together through our goverment to get people back to work. A single mother working several part time jobs needs our help in order to add stability not a bible lecture. She needs a good and affordable daycare – she needs a school that will educate her children to see a better life. She needs stable employment at a liveable wage so she can provide for her family and have quality time with her children.

    Who knows maybe she will have time to read her bible. We can help solve the problem or lecture – which do you think is the best route?

    • FrereJocques

      Oh, the Roaring Twenties and the Thirties were GRAND times to be alive! As testified to by the following song, popular in the era:

      My sister she works in the laundry,
      My father sells bootlegger gin,
      My mother she takes in the washing,
      My God! how the money rolls in!


    Great opinion peace for discussion
    For some reason, this opinion peace reminded me of the movie Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of Balance). I’m not entirely sure why, but now that it’s come to mind, how prophetic it truly was.

    I would never disparage the pursuit of a deeper spiritual grounding. I also do believe there’s a lesson to be learned from drawing analogies between life in the Depression Years to life in poverty today. The happy tales of life in rural MS in the Depression Years shared by my parents seem to center around a sense of belonging: most everyone was in the same economic boat. They shared common ground. Something I’m certain can be found in church life today as it was then – if you fit the mould.

    People seek the peace of common ground (equal footing) wherever they can find it. No, the ‘good life’ may not be found in a liquor store, etc. but these things have a way of bringing temporary balance – without the necessity to fit into a specific mould – indeed differences (individuality) is often celebrated.

    • Winston Smith

      I agree, I don’t think people share the same sense of community as they did 80 years ago. I think that idea of “we’re all in this together” has changed. It’s odd, we’re more connected with each other than we’ve ever been in the past, though cars, cell phones and the internet, but in a way we’re also more isolated now than we’ve ever been. For the most part, a neighborhood is now just a collection of individuals, not a community.

      Also, watch Baraka if you haven’t seen it, it’s similar to the Qatsi triology but I like it better.

      • TWBDB

        Thanks Winston. I’ll definitely have to watch Baraka: I haven’t seen it.

  • 1941641

    ” Biblical Standards” don’t always create conditions of “love and respect.” These “standards’ often times invoke just the very opposite. This is being proven every day by certain Right-wing Pseudo-Christian anti-Jesus Christ organizations operating within the 50 American States, including the State of Mississippi.

    Some people, believing Jesus should have already returned to Earth, have wondered why Jesus has hesitated about returning. What do you think?

  • Kevin

    I don’t see how reading a bunch of stories about fire, brimstone, and begatting this and begatting that is going to help anyone in poverty! Ed Herring, you’re living a fantasyland. My grandfather grew up in the Depression in Pontotoc County. He and his 9 brothers and sisters all worked in the fields all day long every day–only his sisters went to the common school up the road for 5 months during the winter–and my great grandfather was hooked on moonshine, spent all his sharecropper’s wages on it and beat my great grandmother nearly to death several times. But you know what, you’re right about one thing–my grand grandpappy went to church every Sunday and the only book they had in the house was the Holy Bible. It may be a great book, but it didn’t pay the bills and it didn’t stop the holy terror that was my great-grandfather.