Letters to the Editor

Decision to terminate Terry Anderson a mistake
Airport board made mistake in termination
Terry Anderson and I worked together from the beginning of his tenure. If you flew out of Tupelo, you have met me.
I served 16 years as manager of Express 1 Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines and Mesaba Airlines. Terry and I have a lot in common. Terry flew for 28 years in the Navy and I was an air traffic controller for 25 years in the Air Force.
We know aviation from each other’s perspective. The city of Tupelo and the airport facility will not find a more knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated director than Terry Anderson. His immeasurable understanding of the FAA’s procedures, regulations and the lay of the aviation landscape puts Terry head and shoulders above anyone the board would hope to find. He dedicated many, many hours to the keep the airport moving forward over the years. Terry was the driving force behind every improvement to the airport – the control tower, the new security systems, the runway widening, the appropriations for extending the runway, the new terminal, acquiring Delta to compliment Mesaba.
His community involvement and outreach to the universities and the surrounding cities made the Tupelo Regional Airport their first choice.
The board members that voted Terry out were not thinking about the Tupelo Regional Airport or the city of Tupelo. They were eliminating the driving force for runway extension and the relocation of Jackson Street. I believe part of the authority board acted to appease the City Council and mayor. No problems now. I think the entire authority board board should be fired, but they did only what apparently was requested by part of the leadership of the city.
Jamie Owens

Deadheads, exotic SEC fans: What’s difference?
In the 1970s, I began doing two things regularly: attending Grateful Dead shows and Ole Miss football games. The aura and vibe around one always reminded me of the other.
The 1969 Woodstock Music and Art festival was an event in which young people congregated, wore colorful clothes with exotic designs and illegally consumed mood-altering substances.
Back in August, writing in The Daily Journal, editor Lloyd Gray referred to Woodstock as a “bizarre spectacle.”
I thought about his words during this college football season. At Southeastern Conference games, I saw people young and old congregate, wear colorful clothes with exotic designs –some even wore plastic hats shaped like hogs – and illegally consume mood- altering substances.
I’d like to ask Lloyd Gray what difference he believes there is between the two. The only difference I’ve ever seen is that at the college football games, the guys wearing colorful clothes with exotic designs and illegally consuming mood-altering substances are often 0-20 years older than the average Deadhead – and sometimes get into fist fights.
Chico Harris

Shaver was right about schools like hospitals
I want to comment on your article where Randy Shaver, the Tupelo Public Schools’ superintendent, met with the U.S. secretary of education (Saturday, Nov. 28).
Shaver said he would like for schools to be run like hospitals where the teachers and principals would act as lead learners. I agree. It is understood that good doctors, good hospitals sometimes lose patients. It should also be understood that good principals, good teachers also “lose” students.
The No Child Left Behind Act is not realistic. Some students cannot be reached. Extra time spent with the Left Behind Act is taking away time that the average and gifted children need. Teachers need a break from all the paperwork so they can teach.
Edith Martin

Sanctuary Hospice smoothed journey
I feel so compelled to write this letter to let people know just a small portion of one of the greatest places we have in Tupelo. It is called Sanctuary Hospice House.
My stepdad was diagnosed with a terminal illness this past October. We were in and out of the hospital and even a short time in a nursing home. On Nov. 4 we came to the Sanctuary Hospice House. This is where our journey began. I felt like we had walked into Heaven on Earth. I think so many people feel as I did at first that this was the end, but if I could, I would stand on rooftops shouting that we made it to our new home.
The staff (the angels) not only made my stepdad feel at home, but also me and my family. His room here is like a comfortable bedroom. In the front is our living room, with a T.V. and cozy fireplace. You can’t imagine our new furniture and the donated artwork and stained glass, just to name a few. Oh yeah, I can’t leave out our little chapel that we can go to and worship anytime. I almost forgot to mention also the set of footprints in our bathroom floor. When I saw them I knew Jesus was here to carry us through our journey.
Along with His angels (the staff), we know we are not alone. I’ve laughed and I’ve cried, but my angels (the staff) are always here with me. A tear, a hug and a smile we have all shared. Please come see us in our new home. It’s a beautiful yellow house on West Main in Tupelo.
Donna Lowry

Jesus wouldn’t back alcohol for economy
Morality vs. Economics.
In the Dec. 6, 2009, edition of the Daily Journal, a councilman stated that the sale of alcohol is not a moral issue; it is an issue of economics.
I contend that is a mistake. Our economic issues may be a result of our changing moral positions. In the book of Romans in the Bible, it says God will lift His hand of protection as we move away from Him. Could it be that our culture of immorality and our economic issues is a result of our defiance to God’s standards.
Question: Would Jesus have voted for alcohol because of its economic value? I do not think that He would have. Morals are values that a community established as the standards of their social and cultural behavioral norms.
It can be argued that there is nothing in the Bible that specifically speaks against beer and alcohol and that may be true. However, the Bible speaks clearly and loudly about the potential consequences of beer and alcohol. The statistics on how alcohol has a negative influence on people, families and a culture are horrendous. A large percentage of soft and hard crime comes from an alcohol-related problem. Over 80 percent of domestic violence is related to alcohol. A large percentage of traffic deaths are a result of alcohol. A large percentage of child abuse is related to alcohol. This list of bad statistics can go on forever.
Once again, in the book of Romans, it says to never tempt any man with what would contribute to his weakness. By endorsing the use of alcohol, the city has done just that. The city has enabled and also endorsed the consequences of this mistake. With regard to the economics of this decision, the city may make a few more pennies, but it may also cost the city many dollars to clean up the consequences of those few pennies. The God that I know is big enough to solve this city’s problems without perverting His standards of righteousness.
David L. Leatherman

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