Letters to the Editor

Festival’s executive panel lauds Pat Rasberry’s work
The executive committee of the Tupelo Film Festival would like to thank Mayor Jack Reed, Jr., as well as our corporate sponsors and the staff from all the city departments who worked so hard to make our seventh annual film festival a huge success. We’ve heard only rave reviews for both the festival and our city’s hospitality.
Most of all, we’d like to thank Pat Rasberry, director, who is the driving force behind the film festival. Her love of independent film, her unflagging support of filmmakers, her tireless efforts and her creative genius make her one of our city’s treasures. It is our pleasure to work with Pat as she constantly strives to make each year’s film festival bigger and better.
Hats off to Pat!
Peggy Webb
Roy Turner
Jim Palmer
Sonya Keith
Robert Reed
Chuck McIntosh
Bob Kinney

2010 elections perceived as most important voting
Many writers are in agreement that the elections this year, the June 1 primary and November general election will be the most important in the history of this nation.
Our leaders have accumulated nearly $13 trillion in debt in your name – $42,000 for every man, woman and child in America. The current administration has increased the national debt more in less than two years than the previous administration did in eight years.
Even worse, our leaders have accumulated over $106 trillion in unfunded obligations – benefits promised but without the money to fund them. Social Security accounts for $18 trillion of this, Medicare and Medicaid for the other $88 TRILLION and the unfunded obligations in the newly passed health care reform bill are yet to be determined. Our leaders have lead us into a situation the Congressional Budget Office called “unsustainable.”
Who is to blame for this unsustainable situation? Five hundred forty five officials and ourselves, the voters. We elected the 100 senators, 435 representatives, the president, and our president and senators appointed and confirmed, over time, the nine Supreme Court Justices.
It is ironic that these leaders are railing against and hunting for solutions for the very same problems they themselves created. Many of us voted for “Change We Can Believe In” but what we got were leaders trying to “Change What We Believe In.”
We have been robbed of a significant part of the individual freedom we cherish and are well on the way to a socialist government that will control our lives from birth until death.
We have one non-violent option available to us as citizens to reclaim what has been taken away and restore our freedom, liberty and stability as a nation – the ballot box.
Know the candidates and their positions on the issues. Put the needs of the nation first. Party loyalty and supporting incumbents may not always be the best answer. If we remain silent and don’t vote we are giving up our right to influence the situation and our right to complain about the outcome. Vote June 1 and cast our ballots carefully. Our future depends on it.
Raymond A. Settle
Blue Mountain

Boonevillian expresses smoking vote dismay
I was really happy and honestly surprised to find out that my hometown of Booneville had approved the “Smoking Ban” as I read the article in the Daily Journal on Wednesday, May 19. However, I was very disappointed to read another article in the Journal on Thursday, May 20, that the “Smoking Ban” was, in fact, defeated and that the reporter from the Journal had “misheard the outcome of the vote” and reported it incorrectly.
In the article about the ban being defeated it was stated that “business owners said they felt it should be up to a business to decide if smoking would be permitted and how to accommodate individuals who choose not to smoke.” I don’t know which business owners in Booneville made this statement, but I take issue with it. None of us are born with cigarettes in our mouths, so I think that when you make the choice to smoke, you should be more respectful of those around you who do not smoke, whether you are in a public or private setting.
There is evidence that smoking is not good for your health and that second-hand smoke is detrimental to everyone else’s health. I personally do not appreciate having to smell and inhale smoke when I’m in a public place. Yes, restaurants and other places have “smoking sections,” but to me, that is like having a “bathroom section” in a pool. Unless that “smoking section” is behind closed-doors, there’s no way to stop that smoke from traveling throughout the building. When smoke travels to the “non-smoking section,” it’s distracting, disgusting and completely infringes on MY rights, and the rights of other non-smokers, to fresh, clear air! I can’t help but wonder why no one in my hometown, its governing body in particular, seems to care about my rights and the rights of all other non-smokers.
Of course, I appreciate Aldermen David Bolen and Wilda Pounds for making and seconding the motion to approve the “Smoking Ban” at their recent meeting. But, as a whole, the government of our town has let us down … once again.
Tanya K. Finch

Amory man criticizes Republican candidates
Thank you for the informative stories on the Republican candidates for Congress and for giving each the space to fully explain themselves. We need more in-depth coverage like this of people and issues.
Now, some thoughts on the candidates:
One Republican criticism of Barack Obama, among many, is that he is a man of little experience who sounds good at a microphone. If this criticism of Obama is valid, then doesn’t it apply equally to Angela McGlowan? What in her background as a lobbyist and Fox News mouthpiece, makes her qualified to represent us in Congress? It’s not like she will get to carry a microphone and camera crew around with her in her new job if she gets it. What does she have to offer besides being a good speaker?
As for Henry Ross, I have no reason to doubt his sincerity or beliefs (or McGlowan’s for that matter) but how does one modestly successful term as a mayor qualify him to deal with national issues or bring badly needed jobs to our district? I can think of a dozen public officials in our area with more experience that I trust who are more capable of representing us than Ross.
Alan Nunnelee’s ads and the article emphasize his years in the Legislature. Unfortunately, Congress is full of people with extensive experience in their states’ legislatures, and I can’t tell that the country is any better because they are there, can you? Why would one more former state legislator in the mix make any difference in improving the political climate, especially when Nunnelee has made it very clear that he will be a reliable Republican yes-man for anything the party puts out – for good or ill?
Democratic incumbent Travis Childers promised to be an independent representative for our district, and he has kept that promise.
Our district lost a lot of clout when Wicker gave up his seat, and it will be years yet before Childers or anyone else has enough pull to make up what we lost.
Richard Wilkinson

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