Letters to the Editor

Limbert’s folly continues with W’s name change
Limbert’s Folly continues as Dr. Claudia Limbert prepares to announce her name for Mississippi University for Women. She is misguided into thinking “she” has the power to change the name of a Mississippi institution of higher learning. Only the Mississippi Legislature can change the name of an institution and they will not be in session until next year.
She is also under the impression that enrollment will magically increase by spending thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to change the name. I do not understand why she cannot see that her recruiting practices and not the name need to be changed. Her recruitment base is 75 miles around the ‘W”. Hello! How many other schools are in the 75-mile area that are also recruiting for the same students? The “W” has historically recruited nationally and through its faithful alumnae base. There are plenty of students that are looking for a small liberal arts school with the quality and reputation of the “W”.
It really is a “Folly” to throw away over 100 years of quality education reputation and give up the mission of development of women leaders to spend Big Bucks to sell what will be a mediocre school if Limbert has her way.
Beverly Jones
MUW ’57
Starkville

Congress must also join the health plan
According to the official congressional website of Louisiana 4th District Congressman John Fleming, “Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government–run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill.”
Congressman Fleming continues by stating that, “If members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hardworking American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating.”
If it is good enough for us, those who they were elected to serve why isn’t it good enough for them, our elected officials? Will Rep. Travis Childers and Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran publicly commit to support House Resolution 615 which requires that they too must use the exact same health care plan or plans enacted upon the American people? Neither members nor Congress, residents of the White House nor their respective families are more important or valuable than your family or mine. After all, they work for us, don’t they?
Wayne Whipple
Tupelo

New debt after trade is the real clunker
The government’s “cash for clunkers” program that is paying people $4,500 for their old car if they buy a new car falls way short, in my opinion.
Many people are going to think this is a great deal and rush out and get a new car, but all it’s going to do is put them in more debt.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love for everyone to have a new car. And I’m all for having green, efficient cars. Many people are going to go out and get involved in car deals that they simply cannot afford. Trading a paid–for car for a five hundred dollar a month car note is a stupid idea for most people. One small reason we are in this economic recession is people who made $25,000 a year went out and bought $29,000 cars they couldn’t afford but didn’t realize it at the time. If you go into debt on a deal, I don’t see how you can call it a “good deal.”
My brother rushed out and traded in his 10 year old Dodge caravan (that ran great) to buy a brand new one. He thought he got a great deal with the $4,500 because he bragged to me the old one was only worth $3,500.
About three days later his smile faded because he now has a $500 car note for the next four years that he didn’t have last week. The old Caravan had a few scratches, but it ran great and it was paid for.
Another reason I’m skeptical of this program is that it’s a brainchild of the government! That alone should be enough to keep people away. We know Washington’s track record for spending money wisely. And don’t think the government went out and printed new money just for this “Clunker” program. These are our tax dollars anyway!
I’m sure there is a small percentage of people out there that this program will have good timing for and it will save them a little on a new car they were going to buy anyway. I’m just afraid that too many people will rush out without thinking it through and buy a new car that they can’t afford and they will sink further into debt. Why don’t Mr. Obama and his Cabinet devise a plan to encourage people to pay off existing debt instead of accruing additional debt?
Danny Littleton
Tupelo

Health care issue is all about free choice
We are being bombarded with the pros and cons of health care reform and other proposals of this administration but there is one subject that has been virtually absent – freedom. Never in our history have we seen a government disregard the Constitution and the rights of individuals and private institutions as this Congress and administration are currently doing. The government is now proposing to take over the most personal freedom of 300 million Americans – the freedom to choose and control our health care.
Freedom is not free. Over 43 million of us sacrificed to protect and defend the Constitution and over 650,000 paid the ultimate price for our freedom. In one piece of legislation this administration wants to take away freedom from 10 percent of our economy and all Americans by taking over the health care system. This nation should be unanimous in sending a loud and clear message to Washington – we will not give up our freedom, the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land and we don’t want any more of this kind of change.
Now is the time for freedom loving patriots to take a stand before we become subjects of the government. Contact your elected representatives and tell them you want freedom, not government control. Liberty, not tyranny.
Samuel Adams, one of our founding fathers and a leader in the American Revolution said it best. “If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
Raymond Settle
Blue Mountain

Health care facts need more than editorials
Your editorial entitled “Health-reform lies” (Aug. 4)as well as Charles Babington’s Associated Press article entitled “Fact Check: Distortions rife in health care debate” printed in the Journal (Aug. 3) do not even begin to explain what is in this massive government health care bill.
Anyone who attempts to read the text of HR3200 on the government website “energycommerce.house.gov” that you recommend will find it full of legalese and virtually impossible for the non-lawyer average citizen to understand.
This government health care plan is simply too important to rely on newspaper editorials, news articles, or talking pundits, all of whom are merely rendering their personal opinions. If you have a computer type “HR3200” in your browser and you will be provided with an extensive list of links that you can refer to and research for yourself.
We are being told by our government that this health care plan is a wonderful benefit, yet our congressional representatives have voted to opt-out of the plan. Think about it folks.
Darwin Brunet
Belden

Health care vote placed high in voter’s concerns
There comes a time when our conservative U.S. citizens need to draw a line in the sand and say “enough is enough,” when we feel that our representation isn’t being considered.
As we continue to hear the pros and cons of nationalizing health care, the critical time has arrived to put our representatives of Congress on notice. Sometime later this year, our Washington D.C. senators and representatives (employed by the citizens to serve the citizens) will be voting for or against some form of nationalized health care reform.
Our very own personal liberties and rights are being gradually snatched out from underneath us, while we continue to let the liberals set agenda and policy that affect our current and our future generations. The very health of our citizens will be grossly affected by the approval of this socialized program. If the program being pushed on our country is so wonderful and great as it’s being touted, then why won’t our U.S. president and Congress just on board with it and sign up for family coverage. I say they should “lead by example.” When asked if they would sign up, there was no one willing to do so.
If our federal government cannot find a way to continue funding Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, then why would we believe that our federal government has all the answers in effectively managing a socialized national healthcare program. For those who haven’t researched what Congress will be voting on in regard to nationalizing health care, I plead for you to do your own research. Based on my own research and study of what has thus far been proposed, my intention is to vote against any incumbent politician that supports the nationalizing of health care being pushed on our country. The message to my senators and representatives is that I will remember how your vote was cast, and use that as determining your support in the next re-election when you ask for my support. I would encourage all of our citizens to call your congressional member to voice your opinion. Our future health is definitely on the line.
Danny Caldwell
Mantachie

Sundancer coverage lacked necessary depth
On July 10, the Sundancer team and their crew from Houston arrived in Dallas, Texas, to compete in the Del-Winston Solar Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas.
With hard work and hot weather, they knew they had their work cut out for them.
Winning first place in the open division and second place in the classic division proved their efforts are not in vain. This is the ninth year in a row to win first place.
My point is why weren’t they given more recognition and praise in your paper?
There’s always a whole section for sports. (I’m not against sports.)
These high schoolers and their instructors deserve at least a picture and better write-up than I’ve seen. Let’s encourage education and things that mean something to our future.
Clemmie Brown
Calhoun City

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