Letters to the Editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Alcorn landfill debate still stirring passions
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors recently held a public hearing about expanding the Farmington landfill and passed a resolution to do so. At the hearing, participants discovered the expansion had a limited life span because the county had already dumped there – even though the area was not permitted by Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
At the hearing, concerns were raised that industrial waste from the site was blocking and contaminating bordering creeks. Concerns were also voiced about rats, mice, and bugs from the site, as well as large holes dug close to the property line and the impact on the neighborhood children.
Later, supervisors read a letter from a county resident complaining about the number of flat tires he had, due to the shingles, nails, and other garbage spilled on the road leading to the landfill.
Between the comments about the current situation at the Farmington landfill and the concerns about opening another one on Forrest School Road, it’s obvious Alcorn County has a landfill problem. It’s also obvious most of the concerns we’ve had about the proposed Forrest School Road site have already happened at the Farmington site. Boundaries aren’t respected. Creeks may be contaminated and garbage is causing problems on the roads.
Again, we ask “Why?” Why open another landfill when we’ve seen first hand the damage that can be done at one?
The board has already spent nearly $100,000 on landfill-related engineering fees. They have now hired an environmental lawyer from Jackson – and from our own experience as we continue to fight the proposed Forrest School Road landfill, these lawyers don’t come cheap.
The board has a real opportunity here to be heroes, not just to the residents who live near the Farmington or the Forrest School Road site, but to every resident of Alcorn County. They can defuse this environmental time-bomb and save taxpayer dollars by hauling the rubbish out of county like they do household garbage. Even more importantly, they would be saving the lives of anyone negatively impacted by contaminated water, flat tires, and airborne pathogens.
Lisha Hinton Hopper

Colbert and Tishomingo information corrected
In a recent article appearing in the Daily Journal, Ginna Parsons put forth the suggestion that James Colbert, the youngest son of the old Scottish Fur Trader James Logan Colbert, was in fact Chickasaw Chief Tishomingo; nothing could be further from fact.
These are the indisputable facts:
– Tishomingo, a full blood Chickasaw, was born in Lee County, most likely at Long Town in 1737. After the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek 1832, until 1837 Tishomingo made his home near Guntown at the now-Becker Community.
– James Colbert, a quarter-blood, was born in Colbert County, Ala., in 1768, the son of James Logan Colbert and a one-half-blood Chickasaw/white mother. James made his home at Houlka from 1832 to 1842.
– Tishomingo died in the winter of 1837-1838 on the south bank of the Arkansas River near Fort Coffee (Little Rock). At his death Tishomingo was 100 years of age.
– James Colbert died in 1842 at or very near Fort Towson (Doaksville in Choctaw Territory). At his death, James was 74 years of age.
– The signature page of the Treaty of the Council House (1816) clearly establishes that James Colbert and Tishomingo were two different people. Both men signed, Tishomingo with his mark, and James Colbert with his signature.
E. Delano (Ed) Christian,
Chickasaw historian

Many today disregard our moral foundations
Independence Day has come and gone and surely we’re all thankful and proud of our great country and the many benefits of freedom that are ours to enjoy.
However, our morals have gone to pot in my opinion. I’m 78 years old and my mom didn’t want me to play marbles on Sunday. We were taught to be honest and respectful and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Today some people in high places by leadership lie, cheat and steal. Profanity and sexual terms are evident on many programs on national T.V.
Where are our morals when Cialis commercials are aired while my granddaughter and I watch T.V. on prime time?
The heroic icons to me are the millions who have served and many who have sacrificed that we might have the trickle-down effect of American citizenship.
My prayer is that we may always have the integrity, the courage and strength to keep ourselves unshackled from sins or wrong, that we may strive to be pure, truthful and forthright, and that our nation will always be a beacon of hope and freedom to the world.
Edward M. Herring

Jackson spectacle recalls Presley’s debauchery
What an embarrassing spectacle this misplaced adulation and worship of Michael Jackson has become!
It is indeed a sad day when a people celebrate and admire a person who, by all accounts, is to the sane unquestionably a disgrace to the human race. He obviously fashioned his life after his idol, Elvis Presley, and became the flag bearer to the depraved, debauched who practice passionately, “If it feels good, do it, and if you can make money doing it, sell it,” and then have the audacity to call it art, and worse yet, musical genius!
The love of money has made everybody spiritually bankrupt. This is indicative of where we are headed as a nation. Like a self-indulging child, we know no limits.
Ilona Bauer

We know Christianity demands health change
We need universal health care now. Remember, anything for the poor and middle class is socialistic and anything for the rich and corporations is capitalistic, right?
Here we are, 19th down in standard of living and just above Slovenia in health care. (We’re not even in the top 10 in bang for the buck.) No, we let little countries take the top ratings (Norway, No. 1; Canada, No. 2).
Everyone knows “a stitch in time saves nine.” So when people have to wait to be sick enough to go to the emergency room it costs lives and dollars.
We call ourselves good Christians, and according to my Bible, we are our brothers keeper. Well, if our wallet is uppermost in our mind, we can cancel the word Christian out of our vocabulary.
The logical way to do Christian health care is to take the best part of the top three countries and incorporate them into our system. You say we can’t afford to do that, well, we can’t afford not to.
All Christians know that everything we have is God given. The more He gives, the more He expects us to give back.
Now, I say to our legislators, there is no diplomatic immunity at that beautiful gate, so we all should follow our heart, not our wallet.
Allen Thomas

Thomas nailed issues in column about fame
Thank you for printing the article by Cal Thomas headlined “Fame: I’m (not) gonna live forever.”
This is one of the best “sermons” I have heard in a very long time. If only preachers had the courage to say it like it is as Cal Thomas has done. Could it be that they are afraid that they will hurt someone’s feelings and/or see fewer dollars in the collection plate? Whom are they serving, man or God. I suspect that God is delighted when someone like Cal Thomas tells it like it is. If everyone in this country who is able to read and understand this article would read it, accept its truth and act upon it, what a great country we could become. Thanks to Mr. Thomas; I hope he gives us more like it.
Claude Roebuck