Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

No fully acceptable candidate found yet
In Patsy Brumfield’s recent column, “House e-campaign starts with a heavy blast,” she ends by saying that a national party’s heavy-handedness turned off many voters last election. When money and attack ads start flowing, it’s like being at a frat house party where too much alcohol is rolling. Things are said that should never have been uttered and antics are performed that should have never been attempted.
I have personally spoken privately with all four candidates running so far in this election for the U.S. House. Each candidate is honorable and seeks to do good deeds for District 1. Who will best represent “we the people” in Washington is what this campaign is all about. So far, for this election, I personally feel like the rock band U-2’s lead singer, Bono, when he sings, “But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Maybe I am looking too hard for the best candidate, but we do need an informative, inspiring campaign that educates and lifts our entire district like the proverb says that just as iron sharpens iron so should one person sharpen another.
After seeking the pulse of the people through TEA parties, Mission Mississippi gatherings, sporting events, church services, my dental office and other places – I can categorically say that the people of the 1st District are ready for the people to decide who should be our representative. “We the people” are a determined electorate this year and we do not want junk ads or blogs misleading or denigrating personal lives, we want the issues spoken about accurately and authentically.
We want candidates who are human, yet not too perfect, but ones able to acknowledge misspeaks. We want the voters to make informed, educated decisions to elect our representatives – not money or power brokers. Let this election season be like no other in the way it brings out fresh new ideas, allowing each candidate and their supporters to challenge others to be their very best.
Ed Holliday, DMD

Toyota team member appreciates the support
Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Never has this statement rung truer to me than during the recent reports of Toyota recalls.
Over the past few weeks, I have read countless articles including quotes and comments from U.S. government officials to some local citizens who are criticizing Toyota’s handling of the issues surrounding the recall. It seems to be the popular pastime of many individuals. Only a few have stood out in support of Toyota during this challenging time for the company.
I am proud to be a Toyota team member and a Mississippian, and proud to have a governor who is not afraid to go against the grain and speak out in support of Toyota, as Gov. Barbour recently did, along with three other governors, in a letter to Congress. And I am proud of other local and state officials who have also recently spoken out in support of Toyota .
I have no doubts that Toyota will learn from this experience and become a stronger company as a result. After all, “continuous improvement” is a fundamental of the Toyota Way. So is “respect for people.”
Bethanie Humphries Ladd

Americans need health reform for all right now
We Americans spent $2.5 trillion in 2009 on health care and it will double by 2019 unless we reform health insurance. This will lead to more lost jobs, bankruptcies and debt for our nation. We cannot afford to delay action on health care. We need to pass reform now. Our senators and representatives have a good health care plan for themselves. Why can’t everyone purchase the same program they have? We are not asking for a handout, just the same rights and privileges they have.
Arvin Mosley

‘Hack job’ put on Toyota by local, national media
I am not surprised that the national ultra-liberal media has organized itself to deliver the current “hack job” on Toyota.
After all the current administration with its control of General Motors and the UAW, having been “awarded” a major ownership in GM , must continue pandering votes wherever it can. We already lost that battle.
What does surprise me is that the local media (television and Daily Journal) is so ready to climb on the pile. Toyota and the “hope” of a future with them has so much bearing on our years to come that it seems that we at least could either “shut-up” or look for something positive to say about our new friends.
Are you guys pressured that much from these left-wing crooks ? Do they maintain control over you, too? What ever happened to journalism?
Toyota has delivered what it said it would so far. They have already been a good partner and neighbor to these three counties and when we return (hopefully) to a somewhat sound economy we have every reason to be optimistic about a long term partnership. My sincere apologies to Toyota.
John Gaskins

Neighborhood meeting set March 6 in Tupelo
On behalf of the Mayor’s Task Force on Neighborhoods, we would like to invite you to join us at the Neighborhood Connections Meeting on Saturday, March 6, 9-11 a.m. at BancorpSouth Arena.
This is a celebration of all that organized neighborhoods like yours have done and continue to do to move Tupelo forward.
Please feel free to pass this on to your neighbors and to spread the word about this special event.
The mayor will welcome all at 9 a.m., followed by a program celebrating the projects in our neighborhoods and the ways that neighborhoods like yours are essential to the success of the city. We will then announce the details of the newly-created Impact Awards, which every neighborhood association will be eligible to earn.
There will be a gift bag for everyone who attends, along with a drawing for valuable prizes. There will be refreshments and much more.
As a bonus prize, the neighborhood association with the most residents at the meeting will win a barbecue dinner with the mayor and members of City Council, to be held in the neighborhood for those residents who attended.
Please join us and your neighbors for this very special event.
Bob Schwartz
Mayor’s Task Force
on Neighborhoods

Schools need to offer a vegetarian option
Last month, first lady Michelle Obama called on the U.S. Conference of Mayors to help her fight the national scourge of childhood obesity. She noted that one-third of all children are overweight or obese. She proposed healthier school lunch fares, increased physical activity, and nutrition education.
Traditionally, the National School Lunch Program has served as a dumping ground for USDA’s surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, USDA’s own surveys indicate that 90 percent of American children consume excessive amounts of fat, and only 15 percent eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
In the past few years, several state legislatures have asked their schools to offer daily vegetarian options. According to the School Nutrition Association, 52 percent of U.S. school districts now do. Last fall, the Baltimore City Public School system became the first in the United States to offer its 80,000 students a complete weekly break from meat.
Parents and others who care about our children’s health should demand healthful plant-based school meals, snacks, and vending machine items. Additional information is available at schoolnutrition.org, schoolmeals.nal.usda.gov, healthyschoollunches.org, and choiceusa.net.
Stuart Aliche

School systems don’t need more holidays
There has been much discussion and anxiety about the possibility of the Legislature changing the start of the Mississippi school term.
I am for the school systems cutting out some of these wasted days such as “staff development and parent-teacher conferences.” As a parent I have a job that I must go to during the day so I can’t attend a parent-teacher conference without leaving my job early. Why can’t the school system have them at night for two to three nights during the week?
The teachers don’t have a problem with attending any sporting event, so why can’t they be available for parents? As for the length of the school term, my suggestion would be for the term to start the third week of August and end the third week of May. Back in my school days we started the third week of August with no air conditioning, got out two days for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas, one week of Spring Break, and Good Friday. That’s enough time off. If the teachers are that “stressed out” because of not getting more days off, then they need to try the real world were most people get four weeks of vacation at best for the whole year.
Gary Pardue

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