Letters to the Editor

Wildmon misses facts of illegal immigration
Tim Wildmon, in his column of May 30, defines political correctness as ”denial of reality and the rejection of common sense in the name of some greater cause according to liberals.” How convenient to define the problem as something only your opponents can be guilty of. You really don’t need to read any further after he so clearly admits his bias and willful distortions.
What of all the facts that Wildmon and conservatives ignore or deny to support their positions? For instance, the fact that despite the hue and cry about crime as it relates to illegal immigration, crime rates in Arizona are actually lower over the past couple of years. Or the fact that nations the world over, including Israel and Great Britain, successfully allow homosexuals to openly serve in the military. Can’t mention these facts; wouldn’t be prudent.
And what of the common sense observation that the root cause for illegal immigration is the cheap immigrant labor that major U.S. companies depend on? But it would be politically incorrect to anger large corporate moneybag supporters by mentioning that, despite the fact that it is as clear as the nose on your face.
This last one is in fact bipartisan, as these corporations have their grasp on conservatives and liberals alike. My point is that what Wildmon defines as “politically correct” is pervasive, and just as prevalent on the conservative side of the argument. To fail to acknowledge this obvious, common sense truth is in itself as form of willful ignorance that leaves Wildmon caught with his own pants firmly on the ground.
Tony Eldridge
Tupelo

Meriwether Lewis site hearing set for June 24
The National Park Service announces a public meeting and invites your input on the new exhibits to be installed at the Meriwether Lewis Site at milepost 386 of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in Hohenwald, Tenn.
The exhibit design team from Pacific Studio will provide two exhibit alternatives, and will demonstrate how they plan to tell the story of Meriwether Lewis and the Natchez Trace. Members of the design team will deliver two 20-minute presentations at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Pacific Studio staff and Natchez Trace Parkway rangers will be available throughout the length of the meeting to accept public comments on the exhibit plan.
The Strand Theatre is located at 100 East Main Street, in Hohenwald. For more information about this public meeting, please call the Parkway Visitor Center at 1-800-305-7417, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/natr.
Yolanda Ray
National Park Service
Yolanda_Y_Ray@nps.gov
Tupelo

Few utility trailer tags seen on Lee County roads
As I again paid some $27 for my utility trailer tag in Lee County, I am reminded of the many trailers that I see on Lee County roads that have no tag.
In fact I would guess that maybe 95 percent of the trailers being used on Lee County roads have no tag nor have they ever had a tag.
I also notice that many have either no lights or ineffective lights for night time use.
I cannot help but wonder why the law is not enforced to insure that these tags and subsequent taxes are not paid.
With the county and the population having financial problems, this might be a poor time to bring this matter to everyone’s attention, but if the law is on the books, it should be enforced. Now pardon me while I go place my 2011 sticker on my seldom-used trailer.
Jim Miller
Saltillo

Fillmore student laments loss of local instructors
My name is Shykeemia Topp, and I am in the 10th grade. I currently attend the Fillmore Center.
I was reading the paper this morning and noticed an article that stated that the TPSD is firing all the teachers at the Fillmore Center, allowing an independent company to come and take over the alternative school program. I know they (TPSD) think this company can do a better job, but I think they are wrong.
There are several teachers there that do their job and actually teach us better than those teachers at the high school. In fact, when I first got there, I remember saying that we don’t do this much work at the high school. There, teachers care if we understand and help us if we do not, unlike the teachers at the high school.
The teachers even help us during their planning periods. The staff are not only teachers, they are like mothers. They help with social and personal problems. When some of the students heard this horrific news, they were upset, terrified and hurt. Even though allowing this company to come in saves money for the district, it also causes families to go without an income at a time when the economy is in a downward spiral.
There are no districts hiring and this district claims they care about the kids, but what about those teacher’s kids who are students in the district? What happens when they become homeless, hungry or even dead because their parents are no longer able to support them and meet their needs?
Dr. Shaver said that 90 percent of the students who attend the Fillmore Center will drop out, but his approval or someone he delegates is required to approve a Fillmore Placement. Those teachers are doing their jobs, but like my grandmother once told me about education, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
Shykeemia Topp
Tupelo

Incorrect time brought two veterans together
According to an article published on May 29 in the Lee County region briefing section, there was scheduled a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29.
I arrived at the only Veterans Park in Tupelo that I am aware of at 8:45 a.m. and waited until 9:30 a.m. with the only other veteran that was there.
Perhaps we were in the wrong place or had misread the article in the Daily Journal, so Bill, the other veteran, had the same feeling that I had, we were in the wrong place or there at the wrong time. Bill called his wife and verified that we were in the right place and at the right time.
Since we were there, we celebrated Memorial Day ourselves, shared some “war stories,” and left the park. Both of us were disappointed by the error made and neither one of us could understand what happened.
Bill is a Marine veteran of World War II who fought in the Pacific Theater, and I am a retired NCO of the Army as well as a NoLOAD Marine, so we had a good conversation that brought back many memories of my 27 years of service.
Even with the reporting errors made, it was well worth the visit to the park to pay my respects to Bill and to all past, present and future service members.
All gave some, some gave all.
Steve Jones
Saltillo

Big grocery store sale pleased Saltillo woman
During these economic times with families and businesses closing or struggling, we the consumer look for bargains where we can.
I and others were able to save some bucks at the now-closed Piggly Wiggly in Saltillo. Jay Shannon reduced a big portion of his stock to 75 percent off. I was able to get $160 worth of merchandise for only $40 on just one occasion. There were others.
Thanks, Jay, for passing those savings on to those who came to the “Pig”!
Judy Dunaway
Saltillo

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