Letters to the Editor

Bradberry will be an asset for Tupelo
I read with interest the recent announcement that David Bradberry will be coming to Tupelo High School as head football coach. Coach Bradberry will be a tremendous asset to the school district and to the community at large.
I happened to be serving on the Clinton School Board when David interviewed for the Athletic Director and head football coaching position at Clinton High School. After only a brief conversation, it was apparent that he was not only a very knowledgeable and successful coach, but also an outstanding individual. He and his wife Rose have been active residents of Clinton and they have contributed to the success of hundreds of young people who have been fortunate enough to play under Coach Bradberry’s leadership.
David demands discipline, teamwork, and individual responsibility.
While I hate to lose David and Rose as Clinton residents, I am pleased he will once again have the opportunity to interact with young people and have a positive impact on their lives.
Rosemary G. Aultman
Editor’s note: The writer is mayor of Clinton and a Tupelo native.

Tupelo, Daily Journal can do better by Elvis
An event was scheduled for Saturday afternoon: “Conversations on Elvis: Elvis in Tupelo.” Hosted by Tupelo historian Roy Turner, the event focuses on Elvis growing up in Tupelo and returning in 1956. Rarely seen photos and video will be shown.
The only downside to this deal? The event was in Memphis, not Tupelo.
Memphis has put together an impressive three days of celebrating the Elvis 75th birthday, including an official Elvis Presley Day proclamation, book signings and several concerts from a gospel tribute to a gala featuring several members of the TCB band, including James Burton.
Tupelo could do better, and should.
The Elvis Festival in Tupelo is little more than a standard music festival with the name Elvis on it. It should be much more reflective of Elvis and Tupelo.
The guitars planned for downtown are a step in the right direction, but guitar is the wrong instrument. Microphones would be more appropriate, as his voice is what Elvis changed the world with. I’m glad Tupelo Hardware Company is still there, but a guitar was little more than a stage prop for Elvis. Guitar is what he had James Burton for.
Since the Daily Journal is owned by the CREATE Foundation, it would be correct for the newspaper to play a much-larger role in getting the Tupelo-Elvis word out. There has been improvement, but the Daily Journal has not done a good enough job reporting on the two. When a well-received documentary was made by a Tupeloan about the music Elvis heard in Tupelo, this news was not on page one, but at the very back of the edition that day. When Tupeloans Terry Wood and the Rev. Frank W. Smith died, they got obituaries. There should have been prominent stories about these men and the role they played in the life of Elvis Presley.
Twenty-five years from now, the Elvis centennial is going to be a big event. Tupelo should plan now to be at the center of it.
Chico Harris

Religion editor’s views on football disturbing
Galen Holley, religion editor, stated in his article of Jan. 2, 2010 that the prospect of “not having NFL football in 2011 bothers me (Galen Holley) more than the death of religion.” I find this viewpoint very disturbing in a religion editor. The remainder of his article does not suggest a happiness in religion.
Might I suggest Mr. Holley might be happier in the sports section of reporting?
Brenda Adair

Traylor’s Detail Shop extended real courtesy
Recently I was in urgent need of some help cleaning my car. Our family pet had gotten sick in the back seat area of my vehicle, and because it was late on a Friday afternoon, I returned home and tried to clean up the mess to the best of my ability.
In spite of the time of day and the fact that we had just received an enormous amount of rain, I decided to run to Traylor’s Detail Shop on North Gloster Street in hopes that someone would still be there.
Pulling in around 4:15 p.m., I was thrilled when I saw that the lights were still on. Inside was Cheryl, preparing to close things down for the day. After explaining my situation, I watched as she went about removing my floor mats (which would be cleaned by workers the next morning) and cleaning the area in my car that needed attention. As she was working, Terry, her husband, happened to pull in. Once Cheryl told him about my situation, he disappeared inside the shop and began cleaning the previously removed floor mats. When that task was finished, he returned to my car to complete the job his wife had started.
I left that afternoon a very appreciative and satisfied customer for a job done well and with a cheerful attitude. I might point out that money was not the motive, as the cost of Cheryl and Terry’s trouble was only $15.
Today I want to say a public thank you to Traylor’s Detail Shop for going above and beyond to help someone in need.
Tracie Lanphere

Government does bad job of running itself
What in the Sam Hill is the City of Tupelo thinking, going ahead with the annexation? Do they not read the paper and watch the news! We are in one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression! Unemployment is at a record high. I understand that the City of Tupelo is having a hard time with its budget, but guess what, every working family in America has the same problem.
Tupelo needs to do what we the working families are doing, tighten belts and cut budgets. But the city is doing the only thing it knows how to do, and that is raising taxes (through annexation). They can tell you it is not about the taxes, but my daddy told me along time ago that if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, it is a duck. The people who are running the city have already spent over a million dollars making mistakes on this annexation. Enough is enough.
This is a promise: If I am annexed and my taxes raised I will spend every free minute and every spare dollar I can get my hand on to vote out off office those who annexed me.
We the people have had enough of the government running our cities, counties, state and federal government and doing a terrible job of it. It is time for those in charge to do what we elected them to do and that is to represent us the people and do what we pay them to do! Just remember we are watching, be careful!
Bruce Tucker

Postal move means redistributing the wealth
Talk around town says that it doesn’t sound plausible for the postal service to take the mail collected in the Tupelo area, send it to Memphis, and then return it to Tupelo for distribution. Why not?
It’s a department of the government, isn’t it? When lately has anything the government wanted to do made sense? I’m sure a mail rate increase will be coming soon so that along with less service we will be getting more cost. This is the way of the new “Robin(g) Hood” Congress…less service for more cost and it keeps getting worse. Just think how it will be when the government runs your health care and all the other aspects of your life that it wants to control.
Come November, we citizens need to take back control of the Congress and tell them they work for us, not the other way around. In the meantime, write your congressman, senators, governor, and postal heads to voice your opinion on the shutting down of the Tupelo office. It will probably result in a loss of jobs here and less service and at the same time add jobs at more cost in Memphis (this is another example of redistribution of wealth by our government).

Terry Dufford

Tupelo area mail could be delayed by move
In regard to the proposed consolidation of mail processing operations from Tupelo to Memphis: According to a quote in the Daily Journal by Beth Barnett “ … And we’re going to continue to focus on customer service.”
The USPS has measurements to keep track of how every office is doing. One measurement is EXFC Overnight. This measures how well mail that should be delivered the next day does. Tupelo is in the 388 area and its EXFC for year to date is 97.99 percent. Memphis, responsible for the Mississippi mail in the 386 area, has an EXFC for the year to date of 95.19 percent. In rankings of the southeast area, 388 is ranked number 11, the 386 deliveries rank 240.
Customer service may be affected because the mail going out of the area may require an earlier cutoff time for mail pickup. In small offices like Saltillo the current cutoff time is 4:30 p.m. The farther an office is away from Tupelo the earlier the cutoff time would be. If the mail moves to Memphis, the cutoff times will be earlier and may cause mail brought by rural carriers to miss that cutoff causing at least one day’s delay of mail.
Beside transporting Tupelo area mail 100 miles to Memphis and back 100 miles just to deliver it in Tupelo area, the trip for Columbus area mail, i.e., Columbus, Starkville, MSU, etc., would go 100 miles to Memphis, 100 miles from there to Grenada and then 80-plus miles to the Columbus area. This doesn’t seem to focus on customer service or cost saving.
I am sure the USPS plans to relocate affected employees to jobs in other offices in the area, but they will be existing jobs that would have been filled whether the mail was consolidated or not. So the jobs they eliminate are going to Memphis. Has the state of Mississippi been notified that they will be losing up to 10 good paying jobs to Tennessee? I figure the state income tax alone would be about $25,000 a year, plus the state and county sales taxes as well.

John Stanford

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