LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

By NEMS Daily Journal

Amory opened its arms for a Katrina refugee
It’s now five years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast. Yes it hit Mississippi too. I know. I rode it out in Gulfport MS.
Katrina was our sixth hurricane. Here we go again, we thought. To the shelter then home. Well not this time. It took two months to pick through the debris to see what we could save, then on the advice of family and friends we decided that at ages 65 and 70 it was time to be closer to family, so off we went pulling a 28-foot camper and finally arrived at our daughter’s home in Amory. We would spend many months parked in her front yard. Word soon spread and a whole town wrapped their arms around us.
We became known as the Katrina survivors. We found a wonderful church, Meadowood Baptist and settled in. The people of Meadowood even sent a team to Gulfport to help clean our large amount of debris and fallen trees. In May of 2006 we found a house and people from all over came to help us settle in.
Last year I lost my only son and my husband of 34 years and again the people of Amory wrapped their arms around me. People cut my yard, stopped me on the street voicing their sorrow and help.
We had never lived in a small town before as we were a military family for 28 years, but I am so glad we picked Amory. So Katrina did some good. God knew we would need some wonderful people, so He used a lady named Katrina to help me meet them.
Thank you people and friends of Amory.
Anita l. Rosado
Amory

Holland’s swearing failed to strengthen his point
Steve Holland’s mother, Miss Sadie, should wash out Steve’s mouth with soap after seeing his swearing remark in the Daily Journal on Monday in the article about one’s right to smoke. That’s an old-fashioned discipline that we perhaps need to use again. Steve did, however, prove one point with his comment: Swearing doesn’t add one whit to a conversation.
Frances Sheffield
Mantachie


First Amendment isn’t an absolute statement
In his letter in the Aug. 22, 2010, issue of the Daily Journal, Richard Wilkinson of Amory would have us believe that the issue of constructing a Muslim mosque near Ground Zero in New York City is a “tempest in a teapot.”
Let him tell that to the relatives of those who died at Ground Zero. Let him tell that to those who survived but at the cost of terrible disabilities. Let him tell that to the New York City policemen and firefighters who rushed into the buildings and the smoke and the dust, and today suffer from catastrophic health issues.
Mr. Wilkinson would also have us believe that we must “abolish the First Amendment, take away our freedom of religion, speech and press” in order to prevent the construction of the Muslim mosque. This is a straw man set up by Mr. Wilkinson in order to play on our fears.
None of the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment is absolute. Freedom of speech does not allow us to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Freedom of speech does not allow us to publish false statements about someone. And freedom of religion would not allow the Muslim mosque to be built if New York officials would resort to the power of the zoning laws to prevent the construction of any building by a religion that advocates and/or condones 1. the killing of someone who leaves the religion; 2. the stoning of women and men for adultery; 3. the cutting off of hands for stealing; or 4. the declaring of holy war.
I would personally add a fifth criterion: A religion which had adherents who flew hijacked planes into New York City buildings and murdered close to 3,000 innocent human beings on Sept. 11, 2001.
Jerry Horton
Ecru

Religious practice remains great American freedom
Kudos to the Daily Journal for running the wire story about Muslims praying in the Pentagon. It is a good reminder to all of us that one of the cornerstones of this great country is our freedom to practice religion without interference. It is also good to remind us that there is a big difference between Islam and the radical terrorists that would distort that meaning for all of us.
Terry Blair Carr
Tupelo

Furniture manufacturers showing their tenacity
In recent months, Southern Motion in Pontotoc announced a $7 million expansion that will create a minimum of 200 new jobs over the next two years.
As part of the expansion, Southern Motion’s manufacturing space will increase from 400,000 to 580,000 square-feet.
Lane Furniture of Tupelo will expand two facilities, creating 186 new jobs, 85 of which are already filled.
That says something about the tenacity of our northeast Mississippi furniture manufacturers who have found ways to prosper during a decade where manufacturing has suffered globally.
In Pontotoc, Southern Motion, Ashley Furniture and American Furniture, account for more than 4,000 jobs alone. Lane Furniture currently employs almost 2,000. We have many smaller companies who also provide meaningful jobs for our families.
These companies continue to provide livelihoods for many families throughout northeast Mississippi.
Today as in the past, our furniture manufacturing industry is showing its strength, its vision and its ability to adapt to changing global trends in home accessories.
I encourage all Mississippians to become brand conscious and fully support our northeast Mississippi furniture manufacturers so they will continue to grow and make us proud.
Sen. Nickey Browning
District 3
Pontotoc

Crossing gates everywhere would resolve train issue
For as long as I can remember we have been talking about the trains in Tupelo. Recently, a rather expensive study was made looking for ways to solve the problem.
There were choices given to reroute or elevate the Burlington Northern Santa Fe. All very expensive and apparently unattainable at this time.
I have an idea for a “temporary” solution. Why not put crossing arms at every intersection like the ones on South Green and speed up the trains. Also, since I live near the tracks, outlaw the horns in the city limits of Tupelo. Brookhaven passed that law recently.
We now have 30 or more trains per day blasting their way through town at about 5 miles per hour. This does not count the switch engines. If they came through at their normal speed with no horns, I think Life would be a bit better for us in downtown Tupelo
Nathan Duncan
Tupelo

Obama’s several vacations trouble Shannon resident
I watch the news on T.V. and read the paper almost every day. What I read is very disturbing.
The economy of the United States is at a very bad low.
People in this country and other countries are hungry and a lot of them don’t have a decent place to sleep at night. They don’t have any money to buy the things they need to exist in a good way, and there are no jobs for them to go to make this needed money.
All of this said, you wonder how it is that Obama can spend thousands and thousands of dollars to send his family on vacations every two or three weeks. Obama goes one way and his family goes another way. This all takes a lot of money that I’m sure is furnished by the taxpayers. Obama went to Florida, but not to where the oil was. Nothing was said about what they (his family and Secret Service) ate while they were there. His birthday dinner was to have fish from the coast but instead they ate barbecue.
If all he was going to do in office was vacation, then he should not have run for office. In my opinion he should stay at the house we furnish for him and take care of business.
I’m sure that the money spent on his vacations could be spent on food, clothing and housing for the poor.
We the people need to wake up and get this person out of office and put someone in there that will try and look out for the best interests of the people.
James Williams
Shannon

Sympathy expressed in loss of a Saltillo woman’s dog
This is to let the person who lost her puppy in a hit-and-run that I truly am sorry that this happened to her little Riley. I have pulled cats and dogs out of the road and in two instances that come to mind knocked on doors to find owners.
If I had been the driver, I would have been hysterical right along with Lindsay’s mom. I have been through several of the same, losing a pet. A friend’s dog of 12 years died suddenly and bringing his body home in a bag was one of the hardest things I/we have ever done. Putting him in the ground was horrible. I wanted to open that bag and see his face, but knew I didn’t need that memory. This dog didn’t like many people. He was a German shepherd mix, but he knew how to love me and his owner. He would jump up on me and lay his head on my shoulder to say “I love you.”
I guess the only thing for this lady to do now is to ad.opt a pet in Raleigh’s name at the Humane Society. I would gladly give her the money if she can’t afford it.
Judy Dunaway
Saltillo