Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mail works better when processed from Tupelo
I am writing as a resident of Oxford whose mail goes to Memphis to be processed; even the local mail goes to Memphis instead of being put on the routes or in the local boxes first.
Days are added to delivery time. I am in Tupelo mostly once a week, and if possible, I mail my letters, bills, etc. from Tupelo.
They are delivered much faster than having them go to Memphis. I hope this postal business works out for the citizens of Tupelo.
Sharri Hendrix

Comment opportunity remains for loop road
The Major Thoroughfare Committee of the City of Tupelo would like to thank the many members of the public who came to the public meeting that was held on Jan. 7 at the Tupelo City Hall.
The purpose of the meeting was to allow public input concerning the proposed Tupelo Major Thoroughfare project to build a “Northern Loop Road” from McCullough Boulevard to North Gloster Street.
The City of Tupelo would like to remind the public that anyone who did not get a chance to make comments can still do so. Comment cards are available at City Hall and comment cards or letters may be submitted until Jan. 22, 2010 to: City of Tupelo, 71 Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Tupelo Major Thoroughfare Committee
Greg Pirkle, Chairman

Democrats’ spending to make poor poorer
Henderson Jones (Forum, Jan. 3) stands idly by allowing the poor limited access to legal services in lawsuits. Plaintiffs’ attorneys evaluate potential plaintiffs and cases on not just the merits but also the probabilities of winning large verdicts, denying justice in favor of personal financial interest. Why are you advocating for a bill which will continue to allow this abuse?
Advocating against Democrats as they act in secret to impose their smug vision on us is cause for praise, not condemnation.
Mississippi is one of the poorest states. However, the spending, taxation, and debt assumption Democrats favor will make the poor more numerous, and poorer. This is about federal power, not health reform.
He says affordability and access are predicated upon heartless, clueless corporations. Corporations are complicit in this mess only because they are allowed to be so by the government. Heard of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the U. S. Postal Service, T.S.A? Smashing successes, right? Surely he is aware of the symbiosis involving government, big business and unions.
Who is to be the Solomon in charge of Henderson Jones’ public option? Napolitano? Dodd? Frank? The Marx Brothers?
It would appear that since the public policy he prefers is indefensible, attacking his brother is what he’s reduced to. Pity!
All of us had opportunities and chances. It’s unfortunate that neither those nor the willingness and ability to work hard have been equally distributed.
If we hope to lift Mississippians from poverty, it will be by changing the culture that accepts and encourages the poverty of mind and spirit which accompany a lack of education and effort. We won’t succeed by subsidizing underachievement and dependence or by attacking the productive. I realize this is antithetical to the Democrat Party and its parochial political interests, but sacrifices do have to be made.
Michael Oher did not succeed because the Tuohys gave so much to him. He succeeded because he worked very hard and seized the opportunity. Put another kid in his shoes who was unwilling to make the sacrifices Michael made, and you’d have another life lost to laziness and ignorance. Blame, like charity, starts at home.
Don Riley, MD

‘Naked’ Christ depiction appalls an Amory reader
In regard to the printed picture on page 1C in the Jan. 9 Faith and Religion section of the Daily Journal, I am appalled at your religion editor depicting the Lord as a naked, long-haired man during his baptism, and adding insult to shame by the pouring of water on his head. Scriptural baptism is described in Matthew 3:16: “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water.”
This presentation is utterly blasphemous! Your paper will be held accountable to God for your dishonor.
H.V. Brown

Editor’s note: The picture used was a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

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