Letters to the Editor

Obama’s not the reason for opposing his plans
I would like to respond to a couple of letters published on Oct. 25.
Richard Johnson takes Cochran and Wicker to task for voting against the stimulus plan. He states that they are opposed to the money because it comes from the Obama administration. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that there is a really good reason for opposing the stimulus.
The best way I know to explain it is like this. If a man came to you and gave you $1,000 as a gift, you were very thankful, not really knowing where it came from. In reality, the man took the money from your bank account, where you only had $500. The additional $500 was charged to you, placing you in debt. You had no way to realize the truth of this, until you received your bank statement. This is essentially what Obama has done to us. We are so happy to get “free money” but we haven’t gotten our bank statement yet. This is why Cochran and Wicker opposed this plan, not because it was from Obama, but because it is weakening our country and indebting us to our enemies.
Robert Stewart suggests that Christians should support Obama’s health care plan. He chides those who are fearful of the government being in charge of health care, but fear of the government being in charge of this plan is well founded. He mentions Medicare as a good, government-run example, but Obama himself said that there was enough waste and corruption in the present government systems to fund at least a large part of his plan.
I, as a Christian, do not feel compelled to donate resources to a system proven to be as corrupt and wasteful as the U.S. government.
If Christians want to help those less fortunate, there are many ways to donate that will have a much higher percentage of the donation actually helping the person in need. There are also many opportunities to improve our health care system, short of turning it over to the government, but that wouldn’t capture the control of our lives, which is the real incentive for this type of plan.
Sammy Peach

Parker’s not seen as a real conservative
You run a column in the Journal by Kathleen Parker and describe her as a “respected conservative journalist.”
I don’t think that many people had heard of Parker until she started criticizing Sarah Palin in the recent election.
Many liberal leaning newspapers like to quote someone who claims to be in the GOP or conservative by one of their own.
Parker may be considered conservative in the State of Maine around the likes of Sens. Snow and Collins, but not in the heart of America, certainly not in Mississippi.
I am not saying the Journal is liberal or moderate, but your reputation is that you do slightly lean left. This may or may not be true and there is nothing wrong with that.
I would, however, request that you replace Parker’s column with a real conservative writer.
Tony E. Foster

Moving occasion recalled depths of true patriotism
On Sept. 14, I had the distinct honor to be in Washington. We, the members of Destroyer Escort Div 22, were having a WWII reunion of the escort destroyer we sailed aboard along with other crew members of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.
It was a memorial treasure to meet and greet fellow veterans of WWII, to reminisce and talk of the state of affairs of our country was now in and on the verge of becoming a socialist commodity run by and destined to fall into the hands of czar-like appointed officials who do not answer to Congress or the people, in violation of the Constitution.
It was a tremendous boost to our morale to hear these men talk of the love they have for the United States. They were not politicians talking between bites and filling their treasure chests. They were men of integrity who had proven their right on the “Sea of Victory” to be called the “Greatest Generation.”
They were deeply affected by the ACLU’s attempt to replace God in schools, the written word and in our home. I, for one, will never succumb to the loss of my beliefs and fall into atheist entanglement. God will look down on us and protect us and somehow help us to destroy the animosity and hatred spurring men and women who deep down hate America.
During our tour of the Unknown Soldier’s Memorial, the WWII and other justified memorials to our brave American patriots, we came across many people who stopped to talk with us. They were not elected officials, but common-sense voters who wanted to know what was happening to their country.
This call for enlightenment and asking for answers as tears dropped from their beloved faces caused a very deep feeling of guilt in my large heart. How could I answer them? As we embraced, my quiet and halting answers were, “Have faith. Pray. The power of prayer is awesome.”
Contact your members of Congress and let them know of your concerns. There is too much at stake to be bashful.
Tom Lucas

Obama needs color-blind loyal opposition to ideas
Rheta Grimsley Johnson recently wrote approvingly of the Nobel committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize to President Obama. She reasoned that the honor was justified as the committee’s “acknowledgment of Obama’s guiding principles” and that negative reaction to their choice came from right-wing naysayers.
The main response, even from Obama fans, appeared to be “for what?”
Johnson’s column tried to answer that question with a description of Obama’s principles as she sees them. They are listed as open-mindedness, cooperation with the United Nations and an ability to give “those who want a safer, better world hope.” Cooperating with the United Nations is a questionable virtue. The other qualities are admirable (who doesn’t want a safer, better world?), but vague to the point of having no tangible consequences of peace, particularly outside of the sheltered lives we enjoy courtesy of our military. Previous presidential winners like Carter, Wilson and Roosevelt were far from perfect in all their actions, but they had a body of accomplishment to stand on that could be judged objectively.
In a previous column, Johnson raised the concern that opposition to the president’s agenda is rooted in racial prejudice. For most Americans the president is a man who is judged not by his skin but by his actions and his policies. To date these have followed a conventional liberal approach of increased governmental spending and regulation with associated large deficits leading to higher rates of taxation.
Why not stop using race as an excuse to cut off discussion and debate with anyone, including the president? He deserves a loyal opposition that is colorblind, but not blind and deaf to policies that are misguided.
If we are serious about changing the lingering racism in our country, we don’t need to wait silently for the solution to come out of Washington. Start purposely choosing to form friendships here in Tupelo with people of all races and encourage your children to do the same. The results will be your own Peace Prize.
Marcus Ueltschey

Deficit-neutral public option? Do the math again
It is funny to watch the Democrats try to spin the government option associated with health care reform. Initially, it was the government option, then the public option, followed by the consumer option, now it is the competitive option. Maybe they need a brief definition of what competition really means. Having the government involved in health care is like letting Houston Nutt coach the team and also referee the game. Entering the market and also writing the rules is not true competition. I wonder who the new rules will favor when the 1,500-page bill gets written.
Here is how this game will be played once the government option is put into play. First, the increased tax burdens place on private insurers will ultimately cause premiums to increase therefore making it harder for private insurers to compete with the low premiums offered by the government. Second, the government will provide it to those that can not afford it, because the need for healthcare always outweighs the ability to pay for it. This group will constitute the majority on the government option, with a smaller group of individuals paying the premiums for the plan. Here is where it gets interesting; because those paying the premiums will realize that they aren’t getting their money’s worth. Their premiums will not only pay for “some” of their healthcare needs, but also for “some” of the healthcare needs of those paying nothing into the system. There will be a small pool of capital paying for a large pool of participants.
This small pool able to pay for healthcare will leave the system and return to the private sector where they will get “all” of their needs for the premiums they pay, compared to rationing in the government option. The non-contributors will be left on government healthcare without an adequate pool of individuals paying premiums to fund the program. Therefore, the program will not be deficit neutral, it will become the most massive expenditure that this country has ever seen, funded by the Chinese and tax increases. How much of your freedom are you going to relinquish?
Ryan Hooker

Children really enjoyed visit from Tupelo firemen
Tupelo firefighters are wonderful! Not only do our local firefighters protect our homes, schools, and businesses, but they do an amazing job at teaching fire prevention to Tupelo’s children.
The first grade students, teachers, and principal of Carver Elementary School would like to thank the Tupelo firefighters who came and taught fire prevention lessons during October, National Fire Prevention month. Carver first graders rotated through five hands-on learning stations set up by the firefighters. The firefighters patiently taught, listened, and answered questions, all with the common goal of helping our students learn what to do in case of a fire and more importantly, how to prevent fires.
There is no doubt that many of our students went home and shared their experiences and knowledge from this day with their families. Because of the Tupelo firefighters taking time to speak with our students, we believe that many Tupelo families and homes are much safer. What a win-win teaching and learning experience!
Carver Elementary School thanks Fire Prevention coordinators Ro Traylor and Cathy Gault, as well as Engine 4 firefighters Mark Johnson, Jake Kent, Zack Boren, and Paul Bailey for working with our first grade students.
Susan Hankins
Carver Elementary School

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