LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

By NEMS Daily Journal

Positive addiction found in selfless service
After reading the article in the Journal about “poisons” that people get addicted to I thought it might be good to review an addiction found in the Bible, from 1 Corinthians 16:15: “I beseech you brethren ye know the house of Stephanus,, that it is the first fruits Achaia and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.”
In this verse, the saints is a reference to church members.
As a saved church member I should be guilty of this kind of addiction; but I must confess, I am not. Webster’s defines addict as one who gives himself up habitually.
What a difference it would make in our own life and the life of our church and country if each one of us were addicted to the habit of serving others.
Charles Kitchen
Blue Springs


Healthy test-day snack sought for city pupils
LEAPS needs your help. Many have asked what you can do, here is our opportunity. As we all know, testing is a huge concern in our Tupelo schools. We would like to feed as many children as possible a healthy snack before they take their test. Would you please help by sending individual wrapped: Multigrain cereal bars, toasted cheddar crackers, peanut butter crackers, Cheerios, cereal bars, but no nuts, no high carb or sugar content.
Drop these off before Tuesday at Café 212, Room to Room Furniture, Village Frame Shoppe or Weatherall’s Office Supply.
For more information call Terri at 401-0349 or Lisa at 871-0454 .
Zell Long
Tupelo


School needs televised regular board meetings
According to the April 10 Opinion & Editorial page of the Daily Journal, the lack of effective communication has brought about a huge controversy.
Our Tupelo School Board has pushed for education innovations in our system, yet the board itself has lagged way behind in using technology as a way to communicate with our community. The board needs to take action where their mouth is and televise, as the City Council does, all regular school board meetings with, I believe, no cost to the school system. By doing this, citizens could stay much better informed.
I am aware school board meetings are open to the public, but for various reasons people are not always able to attend.
The April 10 editorial stated that “Good and regular communication from the board, of course, is necessary after the search process unfolds …” Televised meetings are a way to provide this.
Lloyd Gray said in his article, “… the school board must provide a strong link with the community.” Televised board meetings could be a way of providing this strong link.
Martha Cheney stated, “Scheduling time and creating a structure for communication is vital at this time for Tupelo Public Schools,” Again, televised board meetings can help provide this time and structure for communicating.
Years ago, when technology was just beginning in our schools, I visited a small county system in Arkansas that televised its school board meetings. They had nothing but good to say about this way of communicating.
Today, many systems use this way to communicate.
Here we are in the 21st century, in a district that at one time had a goal of being one of the top 10 school systems in the nation, and our board is still not using this “old” technology as an effective way of communicating. Why are we so behind?
Rosemary Comer
School Media Specialist (Ret.)
Tupelo


Beer sales coverage fails service of God, mankind
I was shocked to see on the front page of the Journal in full color on April 18, a photo and a large article about “New Albany marks first year with beer.”
The Journal states every day that the paper is dedicated to the service of God and mankind.
Beer, wine and strong drink have wrecked many lives through marriage, health, wrecks, money to provide for family needs, etc. The article stated the police chief credits an increase in DUI arrests to having a full-time enforcement officer. Doesn’t that put up a red flag?
Sometimes it takes a while to find an article or an event that is worthwhile to find in the Journal that had been promised to be covered in the paper.
Making money by selling tens of thousands of cases of beer and having a walk-in cooler, a “beer cave,” as stated in the article, is a disgrace to God and mankind. God have mercy on America.
Wanda Parmer
Tupelo


Disagreeing with Fischer isn’t a rights violation
Bryan Fischer has again entertained me. His opinions are innumerable.
Islam! Homosexuality! Native Americans! Free speech! Most importantly (obviously) is his call for Holy War in defense of humanity against the grizzly bear (not tigers, lions, or unwilling cats on the way to the veterinarian).
Fischer dislikes Native Americans. He uses the phrase “native American” when defining them. However, this would logically mean they are “American” and “native.” His capitalization and word choice defeat his own argument.
I don’t regard myself as someone hell-bent on limiting anyone’s First Amendment rights. Disagreeing isn’t tantamount to taking away one’s rights. That statement may all be part of my wily “liberal agenda;” Fischer will no doubt enlighten me.
He says the CDC states “91 percent of all males” who’ve contracted HIV have it by engaging in homosexual intercourse or through intravenous drug use. I googled it. He made it up. Google is likely part of a greater liberal conspiracy, though.
As of 2006, 48 percent of all people diagnosed were gay. His insertion of “intravenous drug use” is deceitful. Are all IV drug users now gay? No. He intentionally uses “91 percent” to deceive. His “encroaching homosexual agenda” exists only in his mind; privy to “The Word of God” directly. Does he grow burning bushes? I want one! This “agenda,” he said, affected a photographer fined $7,000 in New Mexico. Google disagrees. I am confused.
I do not challenge Mr. Fischer to step down as a radio “host.” I challenge him to use the freedom of thought God gave him before defending the freedom of speech man did. I wonder if it’s Buckley who hates the founding fathers. Fischer, the self-appointed historian, ought remember these words of Thomas Jefferson, “I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.”
Those who act on Fischer’s “message,” however, will end up in prison. You cannot randomly kill grizzly bears. Even in Michigan, where blind people legally hunt unassisted. Googled that one, too.
For now, however, I thank God for the dial on my radio. And for Google.
John Murry
(formerly of Tupelo)
Emeryville, Calif.


State Girl Scout reunion calls former campers
Calling all campers, that is all Girl Scouts who attended Camp Meridale in Meridian in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Join me and your old troop-mates at the Camp Meridale Reunion on May 14 and 15, 2011. Starting at one o’clock on Saturday, we will be renewing old friendships and reminiscing about the “good old days” at camp. Bring your comfortable shoes for hiking, your camera for taking pictures, and your enthusiasm for all things that are “Meridale.”
Be sure and bring your singing voice and your appetite for yummy treats because after supper we will head outside for a traditional Girl Scout flag ceremony and campfire. The color guard will lower the “colors” and retreat the flag before we gather around the blazing fire. If the ground is lower than it used to be, like it is for me, you might want to bring a lawn chair or camp stool to use by the fire. There will be rousing songs, silly skits, sumptuous S’mores , and a few surprises to enjoy as this first day of the reunion draws to a close.
For the more adventurous campers, Prairie Cloud, Tall Trees, and Tree Houses will be available for staying overnight (on a first registered, first served basis).
Mother Nature will be the walls of our church as we join together in a Scouts’ Own to worship and thank God for His abundant blessings.
If you haven’t been to Camp Meridale in a while, you will notice many changes. The new barn and riding area are close to the road now. A new lodge with a great view of the lake was built where Lakeview was, and campers who remember swimming in the lake will enjoy seeing the swimming pool that the girls use now. The original lodge is still used for meals with an enlarged kitchen and inside dining area. It’s certainly worth the trip to come and see the great new additions to our camp.
For those who may have a little more trouble getting around camp, we will have transportation available. Camp Meridale also has a brand new lodge that is fully handicap accessible, so there’s no reason any Meridale alumnae should miss this very special weekend.
The cost is $50 per person. Contact Linda Lauderdale at 601-693-2903 for information.
Kay Murray Pellegrin
Linda Lauderdale
Marketing & Grants Manager
www.gsgms.org
Meridian


U.S. nuclear energy remains very safe
However disturbing the sight of crippled reactors has been for many of us, Japan’s nuclear disaster is unlikely to seriously impede the push for new nuclear plants in the United States. Nor should it be allowed to. Continuing improvements in reactor design and operation have made our nation’s nuclear plants among the safest and most efficient power plants in the world.
Anyone tempted to doubt this should consider that in the more than 50 years since America began using nuclear power to produce electricity, no member of the public has ever been injured or killed in a radiation-related accident at a nuclear power plant. No other major energy source – not hydroelectric dams or fossil-fuel plants – has a comparable safety record.
Under strong regulation, nuclear power can and will continue to provide consumers with electricity they will need for decades to come. And it can continue to do so without harming air quality or drinking water supplies. Our environment is important, and that’s a key reason that electricity companies have applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for licenses to build and operate more than 20 new nuclear plants.
The NRC sets the gold standard for nuclear regulation throughout the world.
However, a few vocal antinuclear members of Congress like Democrat Edward Markey, representative from Massachusetts, have urged the administration to impose a sweeping moratorium on new nuclear construction and the renewal of operating licenses for existing nuclear plants. Such actions would undermine the acceptance of nuclear power.
Nor can we let exaggerated suspicions deprive the people of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and other states of the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue that nuclear plant construction will provide.
Despite the stellar performance of U.S. nuclear plants, too much time and energy is spent looking for risks that don’t exist – or are at best insignificant.
We need to take control of our energy future now while there is still time.
C.T. Carley, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Mississippi State University