Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Waide can expect animal issue to ride with him
I read Sid Salter’s July 4 article about David Waide and Waide’s legacy at the Farm Bureau and to Mississippi.
I hope that the voting public of Mississippi remembers. Waide’s successful attempt at blocking SB2623, the bill that would have made it a first offense felony to intentionally and maliciously abuse a domestic dog or cat in Mississippi, the way it is in 46 other states.
If one is to call the Farm Bureau and ask for an application to join, you are sent a package of Farm Bureau information about how they help women with “crime issues.”
If this were true, Waide would have backed SB 2623, with good reason. Study after study by law enforcement agencies, most specifically the FBI, have shown that animal abusers go on to commit violent crimes such as rape and child molestation. I cannot understand Waide’s position, made publicly at a February 2009 Farm Bureau meeting, that a first offense will impact “corn and soybean production.”
I can see that Waide’s position on this issue continues to keep woman and children in Mississippi in harm’s way from violent offenders. This issue had, and continues to have, broad support in this state. Many of these supporters voiced their concern about Waide’s opposition on Mr. Salter’s radio program last Spring. If Waide is thinking about running for political office, he can expect this issue to be riding sidesaddle with him.
Kim Wolford
Jackson

Founders’ errors need a constitutional rewrite
Our Constitution needs two amendments, maybe three.
Even though our forefathers with much blood and sweat gave us this great nation, it seems that in putting together the Constitution and Bill of Rights, at least two very grievous errors were made. They failed to limit the amount of time an elected official could spend feeding at the public trough. Also, I feel that the Supreme Court judges should not receive lifetime appointments. If these two things had been done, perhaps there would not be so much activity in “America’s Mustang Ranch on the Potomac” (U.S. Congress), where the occupants, lounging in fine leather seats, sell themselves to the highest bidding lobbyist.
And now, after the January 2010 ruling by the high court, giving corporations the right to shovel all the “Thirty Pieces of Silver” they want into a political campaign, there should be another amendment overriding the ruling that gave inanimate corporations the same rights as a living human beings. That should never have happened.
Has anyone considered just how much influence on American politics this would allow a foreign country that owns a big percentage of an American corporation? As long as this latest ruling stands, why should anyone waste time going to the polls for a federal election where the gold of a corporation has already bought the election? And not one of our state politicians has spoken out against this ruling. Why?
Lamar Wray
Eupora

Ole Miss fan thinks mascot choices silly
It has come to my attention that with the release of the 11 semifinalists for the new University of Mississippi mascot, no one seems to be taking this situation seriously. These so-called mascots are nothing more than a futile attempt at complete political correctness and an alienation of the University of Mississippi fan base.
These mascots do nothing to capture the spirit, pride and gratification that comes along with calling yourself a UM Rebel. If UM wants to replace Colonel Reb, which I fully understand and support, they should have looked no further than the seats at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Take a good long look at the people filling the seats every autumn Saturday. They are not horses and mojos, they are the pride of Mississippi. They are its citizens.
So I, Josh Orman, do hereby call for anyone who calls himself a fan of the University of Mississippi to suggest a new mascot. This mascot is a person, that’s right, a human being. He is white, he is black, he is strong, he is smart, he is prideful, yet humble. He is the plantation farmer, not a slave, a farmer. He comes to work every day in his tattered rags he calls clothes. He wears a straw hat to protect himself from long days in the hot sun. His clothes are thin to help him deal with the humidity. His boots give him blisters from working in them all day. His hands are as calloused as his heels, yet he provides the softest touch when kissing his kids good night, only to get a few hours sleep before he wakes up before dawn to do this all over again. This man’s name is Ole Rebel, and he has been filling the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for ages.
We have to avoid this becoming a publicity stunt or an event that happens every other year because hindsight is after all 20/20. So let’s keep that fightin’ rebel spirit alive and vote none of the above (if that’s an option) for these mascots and nominate a new candidate for Ole Rebel.
Josh Orman
Antioch, Tenn.

Expensive sitter rates raise ire of Fultonian
A person who charges $400 a day for sitting with the sick is not a Christian person, even though they call themselves a Christian.
Earl Reese
Fulton

Stolen wallet brings a blessing despite all
To the person who was at the Krystal’s on Monday around 2:15 p.m. who decided not to turn in my wallet that I had mistakenly left behind but instead took my savings for their own:
I humbly pray God will forgive. I would have given a reward but instead someone chose to steal. A lot of hours of work was done to save that money. Maybe the person was hungry and felt he or she needed it more. Only that person knows the truth, but I was given a blessing through it all.
Jacqui Letellier
Saltillo

Consider carefully before boycotting BP over spill
It is very popular now to get on the band wagon going away from any association with BP. This is not the right time for such nonsense.
If you bought from BP before the oil spill disaster, please continue because they are going to have to spend a lot of money in the near future helping to correct the problems they created with the accidental oil spill.
It is understandable that the first emotion would be to avoid doing business with them, but if we think logically we will continue to buy from them for many reasons: They will make an attempt, at least, to keep their prices reasonable, their customer service will likely be impeccable and their assistance in helping the people, environment and industry along the coast will be invaluable.
It was an unfortunate accident. Let’s not destroy our most viable chance to allow the company the opportunity to restore these communities and businesses back to as normal as possible.
Arvin Mosley
Tupelo

Looking back energizes people to move forward
Looking back to keep moving forward is a state of mind growing from heartwrenching circumstances starting with the spirit of scorching blood running on the soil of my grandmother and father who, with the spirit of hope, stood on hallowed land and built a strong family against the odds.
With muscular hands tied to the rope that directed the mules; with the dust reaching deep within his lungs; standing physically powerful with his back slightly bent toward the east, west, north and south, he made a living in the dusty fields in Mississippi with the anticipation of one day having his children leave this place where he saw no hope for the colored man and his family.
He instructed his sons to have pride in what they achieved and never settle for second best because in this world, through the eyes of this strong black man, the only way to move onward is to keep moving forward.
He made a promise that his children would someday have land of their own to do as they please.
Mother moved with the steps of exhausted bones, hurting with age, yet with the inner power giving her the strength because doing the work of motherhood is the utmost importance to her.
Looking back to keep moving forward is the concept of the black family, yet we have stopped looking back because we are blind to trying to move forward. We have lost that concept of family, father, brother, sister, knowing that it takes a community to raise a child. The concept of family living with dad being the head of the home, and mom being the backbone that holds the fabric of the family together is the home of that former era.
We must be visionaries with our eyes to the past so that with the future we can make the lives of our children better. With the heart instruction are given, with the ears they are heard, and with the movement of feet they are carried out for the betterment of mankind.
Willie Bob Gates
Shannon