Letters to the Editor

Most congressmen don’t know lives of the people
Much like Marie Antoinette, our representatives are out of touch with the real needs and feelings of the people. When Marie Antoinette was queen of France, she was told that the people had no bread to eat, and to that she replied, “Let them eat cake.”
She didn’t know that the people were starving. She was so out of touch with the people, that she thought that not having bread was a minor inconvenience.
Our representatives are out of touch with the people. We try to express our feelings about current issues through the Town Hall meetings and Tea Parties, letters and telephone calls. But it doesn’t appear that some of our representatives are the least bit concerned with what we want or feel. And why should they? Very little of what they are deciding, supposedly on our behalf, will touch them personally. They have their own health benefits, If they fail to get re-elected or choose not to run again, they get a lot of their salary paid to them for the rest of their lives.
The veterans that we are honoring on Veterans Day did not put themselves in harm’s way to have those who are supposed to be representing us disregard the Constitution and the freedoms won with their blood. The principles on which our Constitution and Declaration of Independence were founded, were those that made America the most prosperous country in recent history, as well as the beacon of individual freedom for the rest of the world.
But some of our representatives are convinced that it was all a mistake and they know a better way. Naturally, they feel that they know what’s best for us as long as we go along with the plan. A plan, by the way, that goes against the principles the Founders built this nation on. Our country was born out of resentment for a ruler that decided our needs for us without regard for our feelings and freedoms. Now it seems, over 200 years later, history is truly repeating itself. Patrick Henry said, “no taxation without representation.” He should see taxation with representation.
Roger C. Carpenter
Vietnam Veteran

Thanks be to Tupelo for help in deep need
Fifteen years ago, I moved my family from Daytona Beach, Florida here to Tupelo Mississippi. We were running from high crime, a poor education system and a transient population that did not enhance a favorable environment for the upbringing of our three children.
What we found in Tupelo was a unique town that was ecumenical in Spirit, progressive in its economic business model and firm in its steadfast belief that its schools’ education system played a vital role in bringing them all together in harmony. Many friends and family who visit comment on our unique “Spirit” and social fabric of life. I also know many that have left who later lament that decision.
A month ago, my wife of 21 years was diagnosed with lung cancer. While that kind of news is enough to shock the strongest in faith, the loving embrace of our faith community has enabled us to gain our footing and strengthened us for the battle ahead. The exponential power of thousands of prayers and the proactive response in helping us tackle all of our new realities has given us certitude that we will be able to hold our cup with dignity and strength.
We won’t ever be able to give adequate thanks to all who have helped us, but we would like to especially give thanks to all the area churches who rallied together in one mission and a call to action. We also give thanks to Nathan Hall, Scott Brown and all the Tupelo Cross Country Boosters and parents for “running by our side.”
If you are contemplating leaving Tupelo for what appears to be greener pastures, my prayer is that your ultimate destination understands the concept of The Body of Christ as well as our unique town of Tupelo. Our gratitude is heartfelt.
With heartfelt gratitude.
Dave, Lisa, Nolan, Lauren and Andrew Palladino

Let’s ‘clean house’ all across both parties
Mississippi can be proud to have two Congressmen, Travis Childers and Gene Taylor, who for the good of the United States of America and its solvency, voted “No” on the health care bill. Despite what must have been massive “arm twisting” by Speaker Pelosi and President Obama, they still voted for the country and not the Democratic Party’s continual power grabbing.
This bill will bankrupt the already struggling U.S. economy. And those who think that they won’t have to buy insurance will find themselves heavily fined and possibly jailed.
In the Nov. 10 edition of the Daily Journal, Al Bratton suggested that Congressmen Childers and Taylor betrayed the Democratic Party by not following the party line. If we must follow the Democratic Party line, then let’s start with Nancy Pelosi who promised a “squeaky clean” House. What about Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who has failed to pay taxes on vacation property rental, who has acquired rent controlled housing for himself, who has accepted huge contributions to the school to be named after him in New York?
Is he “squeaky clean”? And then there is Barney Frank, who allegedly has marijuana growing in his house. And look at the mess he contributed to in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle.
What about Sen. Chris Dodd, who has finally released his loan agreement with Countrywide? Would he have gotten the special deal if he had not been a senator involved with the Banking and Finance Committee?
And what about President Obama, who promised no undue influence by lobby groups in his White House but one of his biggest contributors is the trial lawyers, and there is no tort reforming the health care bill.
Let’s follow the Democratic Party line and clean house. When we finish with the Democrats, then we can get the Republicans.
Then we can put in term limits and have a Congress who puts America first and personal greed and power last.
Betty Kinsey

Abortions kill more babies than all else
The passing of the health care bill in the House of Representatives finally came down to the passing of the Stupak Amendment which forbids any federal funding for abortion. Now as the Senate debates the bill, this amendment will certainly be on one of the front burners.
With abortion being one of the primary issues in the health care debate, it would do us all well to take a look at “who” we are talking about when we are talking about abortion. They call her name “Fetus.”
At conception, she was only about the size of a grain of salt. She began with 23 chromosomes from each of her parents. In that one little cell was the complex genetic blueprint for every detail of the little one’s development – the color of her eyes and hair, her height, her skin tone – it was all there in the first miraculous moment of the beginning of her life.
At one month, she had become 10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg that was her beginning. When she was only 40 days old, her brain waves could be detected and recorded. At seven weeks she began to move spontaneously. At eight weeks she was a little more than an inch long, all her body had formed, and everything was present that will be found in a fully developed adult.
If an object touches the palm of her hand, she will grip it with her little fingers. She even has fingerprints.
Now all she has to do is grow in the safety and warmth of her mother’s womb.
Oh, what potential shehas!
Maybe she’ll be a …Oh, no…this is the end of her story. She became one of the over 3,000 fetuses who, each day in America, have their potential ended by the tools of the abortionist.
More die in the “safety” of their mother’s womb than all other places in the world combined – all in the name of “choice.”
Strangely enough, she wasn’t given a choice!
Steve Casey
Stonewall, La.

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