Letters to the Editor

Transplants like life
in adoptive Mississippi
We are recent transplants to the Tupelo area having traveled the country in our motor home for the last four years.
We came to be caretakers of a friends home and ended up buying a home with land. We fell in love with the Tupelo atmosphere here in the Bible belt.
We love a newspaper who says it is dedicated to the service of God and mankind. Bank marquees that proclaim Scripture and billboards that speak of patriotism and God Bless America are a breath of fresh air. The spiritual climate is much more friendly than other places we have lived or stayed. We have found the southern hospitality to be genuine where the people are friendly and ready with a smile and conversation. We have seen the blacks and whites friendliness to each other much to our surprise. When we go back to the mid west, we see diverted eyes and lack of courtesy and when we return we see ready smiles and helpfulness. The only negatives we have seen is in the attitude about being from Tupelo – we were even asked if someone forced us to move here!
Please be proud you are from and live in Tupelo – it is a great place! Praise God!
Mel and Sharon Buenger

MUW’s new name must
reflect inclusiveness
How far have we Mississippians really progressed since the 1960s civil rights struggle? Do we have a genuine appreciation and respect for the plight of all Mississippians in the struggle for equality?
If so, why does Mississippi University for Women President Claudia Limbert refuse to adhere to the notion that renaming the nation’s first state supported college for women after a slave plantation (Waverley), or after an unrepentant supporter for the institution of slavery (Sallie Reneau), would be a show of ultimate disrespect for the progress we have made as a state? Although Limbert has added “Welty” to the list of names to be retested by a marketing firm, she failed in her duty to address the deeper historical issue even after receiving letters from the NAACP and faculty members opposing the names. The arguments are strong.
Sallie Reneau belonged to a family of slave owners with slaves waiting on her hand-and-foot in 1858 when she proposed the establishment of a state college for women. She also offered to raise a Confederate company of female soldiers to be armed, paid, and uninformed to fight Union troops. MUW today is 36 percent black and 15 percent men. It is a total antithesis to all things Sallie Reneau stood for.
Members of the Naming Committee disguised their support for Waverley by suggesting that it stems from the novel written by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott with no connection to nearby Waverly Plantation. Waverley, regardless of its spelling, conjures up thoughts of the Old South and the degradation of African Americans through the institution of slavery. Slaves were used to construct the buildings on the plantation, without compensation, and afterwards were forced to work its land. It is clear that some white southerners still have a romantic fondness for relics of the Old South. However, such fondness should always be balanced with the rights and privileges of all citizens.
University of North Mississippi and Magnolia State University were rejected because they suggested too much of a public, co-educational institution. Unfortunately, that’s what MUW is.
James D. Ward, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Mississippi University for Women

U.S. automakers made
own unprofitable mess
I agree wholeheartedly with Bob Craig in his letter to The Forum on Sunday, April 5. The Big Three automakers’ financial situation was of their own doing.
The millions of out-of-work Americans had no choice. Yet Obama chose to help these big entities. Makes one wonder about his campaign donations. The idiot pill has caused our own to do without while the automakers and foreign countries are benefiting.
I have always said that if America can find life forms on another planet, the first thing they would do is to send a trillion dollars to that planet. Something’s wrong and the wrong is with our government.
Politicians need to wake up. Charity begins at home when we have so many Americans homeless, not by their choice. Then to make it worse, those without a home have babies and children to feed. No way to find work as one man out of work said in the April 5 issue. “I will work at McDonald’s if I have to.”
I say to Obama, now is your chance to be the best president we ever had. By helping the individual American people, bail them out. Let that be your next project. It’s way overdue.
J. Michael Hopkins

God offers a sure,
eternal rescue plan
There are tons of ink flowing and words being thrown around about a government rescue plan. It may work or it may not work.
Who knows? But we as Christians have the peace and joy of knowing that we already have victory in the stimulus/bailout and rescue plan provided by the Lord. Jesus said, “Do not worry. The birds are provided for and you are so much more important than birds.” Paul said, “Be content in all things.”
Notice, Jesus and Paul were not referring to an economic environment that we have become accustomed to and now think we have a right to. God has provided a way for us to find joy and peace regardless of our life circumstances or any government programs. The secret of God’s way to realizing His joy and peace is through His blessings. The first and greatest blessing is salvation and an eternal place in heaven. Wow! What is more important than that? The second blessing is His ever presence in our soul through the Holy Spirit living within us. Wow! What is more important than that? The third blessing is knowing that nothing on earth can be taken away from you if you have already given it away. How can your house or car, etc., be taken away from you if you have already given it to the Lord? You have nothing to lose if you have nothing to lose! Give it to our Lord. Here is a great truth to remember: We never possess anything. We only occupy a little time with it. If you are interested in owning something that no on or nothing can take away, then own your own salvation and your intimate relationship with God. That ownership is sealed forever. Wow! What is more important than that? The success or failure of a stimulus pack/bailout and rescue plan provided by the government has nothing that compares to the success of the stimulus/bailout and rescue plan provided for by the Lord. Jesus loves you!
David L. Weatherman

Cigarette costs cause
some to try quitting
About 15 years ago my brother-in-law, the quintessential Marlboro Man, was stricken with an aggressive lung cancer that took his life less than three months after the diagnosis was made. On his death bed in a Jackson hospital, one of the last things he said to me was this: “You know, they tell me this cancer was caused by my smoking. I’ve been to the doctor dozens of times in my life, but not one of my doctors ever told me that I should stop smoking.”
This affected me like a slap in the face and since that day I have made it a point in my daily medical practice to tell every patient I see who smokes that they need to quit. Most just grin and go on. Sometimes a bad case of pneumonia or a cancer scare will make a patient sit up and take notice in time. But I must tell you, I have never seen a voluntary influx of patients who have actually come to my office to get help with smoking cessation until just recently. I commend each of them and ask for their motivating circumstance. In every patient case, they very honestly tell me that it is the rising cost of cigarettes. The patients have done the math, even if our Legislature has not.
As Bobby Harrison pointed out in his column on April 7, legislative arguments for the tobacco tax increase should be focused around Mississippi’s vast unhealthiness. The extra money brought in to the state coffers will be simply meringue on the pie. With (optimistically) far fewer people smoking in the future, this revenue source may be short-lived, but it will be wonderful while it is there.
I also saw in the Daily Journal recently a photo of Dr. Ken Lippincott serving as “Doctor of the Day” at the Capitol. Ken is an old classmate of mine. How utterly providential it was to have a psychiatrist treating our state legislators. Many of them can greatly benefit from his services.
Dwalia South, M.D.

Ethics report isn’t
worth paper it’s on
Tupelo, please lick your wounds and go on! That “old” ethics report is not worth the paper it was written on after all this time. Most of the issues addressed are now years old and most things are no longer applicable (if they ever were). Cindy Brown should be scrutinized by an ethics group. Do not let this person cost us any more time or money.
Donna Jarzen
Lee County

Accolades offered
for Journal writers
Every day, I marvel at the fine writing and reporting in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Those two publications are the two best newspapers in the world. When I read “Ole Miss leaders put the pieces in place” by Parrish Alford in the March 27 Daily Journal, it seemed as if I were reading either of the Big Apple newspapers.
Everything about the work by Alford was quality. The reporting, writing, length, tone, quotes… it was outstanding journalism.
The Daily Journal is blessed with some real stars: I think Galen Holley is the best newspaper writer in Mississippi. Bobby Harrison is an excellent Jackson correspondent, as good as there is in Mississippi. As far as I know, Errol Castens covers Oxford and Ole Miss as well as anyone ever has … and better than most. Alford is also one of the Daily Journal stars. I read several Ole Miss writers, and there are none better (Chuck Rounsaville is in his own class).
The brass at the Daily Journal should keep an eye on Alford and make sure he’s happy. Murdoch at The Wall Street Journal has a sparkling new sports section and Sulzberger at The New York Times already not only has the best sports section in America, they have for years favored Ole Miss, ranking the Rebels in football higher than anyone else and regularly publishing features on Rebels from the past and present (when Ole Miss hammered that school from Starkville last season, the next day the Times ran an almost full-page picture of Michael Oher celebrating). I can see the Times wanting to add talent like Alford possesses. Sulzberger and Murdoch can throw around big money like Steinbrenner. If Parrish Alford keeps up the excellent work, y’all may have a hard time holding on to him.
Chico Harris

Political sign thefts
irk Tupelo resident
Three political yard signs were stolen from yards on Nancy Drive. It appears some person or some party believes in the First Amendment, but feels that amendment applies only to their party or their candidate.
Is this the American way?
Marion D. Linde

Require insurance proof
with purchase of a tag
It is mandatory in Mississippi to have car insurance on our vehicles. I am quite sure that not all of the people that are driving here have it. Why don’t we have to show proof of insurance when we go to renew our car tags? This would balance it out more and make the others not buying insurance have to comply in order to have a valid tag registered to that particular car.
The mandatory insurance law is to be obeyed by all Mississippians. The “uninsured motorist” clause in our policy shouldn’t have to take up slack for the ones who choose to break the insurance law.
Barbara Smith

Daily Journal

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