Letters to the Editor

Saltillo resident says how he’d react to police
I was mowing my large back yard lawn; it was July 25. As some may know, our mind wanders when we mow the lawn, I was thinking about a recent event that drew national news attention. The event was a confrontation between Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard University and a Cambridge, Mass., policeman.
I thought about how I would have responded if I were in the same situation as Gates.
If a policeman came to my house and said, “There is a report that this house was being burglarized.” My response would be, “Good day Officer, please come in. May I show you my identification? This is my house; I have lived here for a very long time. Please sit down!”
Showing off some of my family pictures on my living room wall, I would offer him a cup of coffee. You know, friends, in a very short time, I believe we would have departed in peace. As he left my home, I would say, “Come by and see me some time and have a cup of coffee.” O yes, I am a friendly fellow!
There is a great need to practice Christian principles in our lives. Are we perfect? No, of course not! Yet, we can let our light shine. Many hostile arguments could be resolved in peace, if we practice Christ-like principles.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:14-16)(KJV)
Donald R. Fox
foxdonald@comcast.net
Saltillo
Le Coz praised for her ‘Tupelo pin’ coverage
As president of Willis Heights Neighborhood Association I would like to thank the Journal and especially Emily Le Coz for her timely article about the Tupelo Pin that our Association “Fundraiser” is engaged in. The article by Emily has sparked a rash of interest in our project.
It sparked so many calls that I literally had to stay close to the phones to fill orders. Everyone has shown a tremendous approval of the design of the Tupelo Pin. All who see the pin want one. I hope this trend will spark even greater pride for the “Business District, Tupelo, First TVA City” sign located at crosstown, pointing the way to Downtown Tupelo. As I have said before, it was one of the first landmarks I saw when I first came to Tupelo in the early sixties.
It is my hope that the interest in the ” Pin” will continue and that we will have to reorder.
My hat is off to Emily.
Bill Collins
President
Willis Heights
Neighborhood Association (WHNA)
Tupelo
Blame Bush and GOP for the mess we’re in
I find it most amusing that Alan Nunnelee feels the need to go to Congress to keep Obama in check.
It seems that none of his fellow Republicans felt the same for Bush.
They rubber-stamped anything he wanted for eight years, and look where we are today. They all want to deny that Bush and Republicans got us into this mess, but who else is to blame for the last eight years?
Steve Williamson
Pontotoc
Obama’s health plan leaves two choices
Obamacare simplifies seniors’ choices: Stay well, or die.
Jimmy Reed
Oxford

Joe Rutherford